Case Study - Kings Farm

Kings Farm

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Residents walking along the entrance at Cedar Avenue on Kings Farm, Gravesend, will not fail to notice the magnificent circular mosaics that adorn the pathways. 

The colourful mosaics are replicas of the winning creations of three budding young designers. Groundwork managed to secure funding via Barclays SiteSavers (£10,000) – a major programme of environmental regeneration funded by Barclays PLC that revitalizes neglected neighbourhood areas, Communities Against Drugs (£13,500) and SureStart (£5,000) for the project. 

David Evans, Groundwork’s Senior Community Officer, said, “The approach from Cedar Avenue leading to three popular community facilities, the Family Centre, Miracles Youth Centre and Doctors Surgery, had blind corners and was very narrow and overgrown making some residents feel nervous when walking along it.  Following lengthy consultations with local people it has now been widened, vegetation cleared and lighting has been installed.”

The largest mosaic, selected overall winner for the message it conveyed, is laid at the entrance and was designed by Ben MaGuire, then aged 15 years. It depicts the sun breaking through clouds surrounded by the wording ‘Kings Farm - Working together for a brighter future’. The runners up, Marc Hoad, then aged 9 and Taylor Payne, then aged 6, have had their mosiacs placed at the opposite ends of the pathway.

David continued, “It has proved to be a wonderful way of actively involving local children in the improvements to the place where they live. We also hope that it adds a colourful feature making the area more welcoming and enjoyable for everyone.”

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Winning designs

Kings Farm Junior School

Kings Farm Junior School     Kings Farm Junior School

 

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