Meadow Park is almost eighteen hectares of open countryside which used to be farmed by the Kirk family. In 1995, they gave the land to the village to be a permanent leisure facility for local residents and it is now owned by Rushcliffe Borough Council. The Borough Council retains responsibility for maintaining the park boundaries and for any major work which may become necessary, but since 2009 the day to day management of the park has been in the hands of East Leake Parish Council.
The Millstone Sculpture (created 2003)
The millstone was found in the brook by Severn Trent engineers in the early 1990s, when they were laying a sewer for the new housing development on Gotham Road, and at the request of the Parish Council it was kept as a reminder of East Leake’s past. Although there is no known record of a watermill in the village, it is reasonable to suppose that that is how the stone originated, and it was chosen to be the focal point for a piece of “Community Sculpture” designed and supervised by Xceptional Designs, who specialise in working with community groups. Nottinghamshire County Council environment officers were so impressed that they used the water splash motif when they renewed the bridge-work at the entrance to the park.
Friends of Meadow Park
Anyone over 16 who is keen to see the park grow as a safe haven for wildlife and a pleasant recreational area for humans can become a Friend. If you can offer special skills and take the lead on a tree-coppicing work party, for instance, or on a birdwatching walk, so much the better, but all we really need is a willingness to be involved. As a voluntary body, FMP can sometimes access funding that the Borough and Parish Councils are not eligible for, and so make improvements impossible otherwise. Membership is presently about 100, and new faces would be very welcome. Please consider joining; it will only cost you £3 per year (minimum: we are grateful that many people feel able to give more).
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