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The Pocket Park

Burton Latimer Pocket Park - location
Location and area of the Pocket Park

An area of ground along the east bank of the River Ise - from Station Road in the north (opposite the Weetabix factory entrance) to a point in the south near the "hurdy gurdy" footbridge over the railway lines - has been designated since the mid-1990s as a Pocket Park. Most of the area between the railway and the west bank of the river was once the site of Burton's Gas Works. The east bank was once in general agricultural use, but its situation on a flood plain has tended to rule out any thought of housing development. Hence its suitability as a naturalised area for leaisure and recreation. As well as a refuge for wildlife and an open area for walks, it is the venue for the annual Duck Race.

Of course, the area has to be managed. It cannot be left to simply grow wild. The land is privately owned, but leased to Burton Council. The management is in the hands of volunteers, co-ordinated by Burton Latimer Pocket Park and Conservation Group.

To ensure a balance between a natural habitat for wildlife and a pleasant area for walking and light recreational use, there is a constant battle to clear weeds from the main open areas. An example of this appeared in an article in the Kettering "Evening Telegraph" from July 1994, reproduced below.

Burton Latimer Pocket Park - clear-up work in 1994

Park is spruced up

Burton Latimer Pocket Park is in safe hands, thanks to these volunteers.

Members of the Burton Latimer Pocket Park and Conservation Group visited the Station Road amenity on Thursday to carry out one of their regular tidy-ups.

Hedge bottoms were cleared and young saplings planted last November were checked.

The group regularly monitors and clears up the park, which is open to all residents.

Its next meeting will be on Thursday at Burton Latimer Community Centre in Pioneer Avenue at 8pm.

The group is on the lookout for anyone with a scythe who can help them clear parts of the park.


Article courtesy of Marion Bird
Digging In - Paul McCann, Ray Bird and
Marion York cut down weeds

Ongoing Work

A gallery of maintenance work from 1997

Burton Latimer Pocket Park - maintenance work in 1997
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - maintenance work in 1997
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - maintenance work in 1997
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - maintenance work in 1997


The Pocket Park in 2009

Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009
Burton Latimer Pocket Park - 2009

Click here for the Northamptonshire Pocket Parks entry for Burton Latimer, plus other information on Pocket Parks


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