But that’s not all…the Trust has grown and its work reaches way beyond the park. HDT now provides adult education in the community and runs projects like Recycle Bikes, hosts the Heeley Festival and The Big Boulder in the park; most recently the Trust has played a key role in keeping Meersbrook Hall in community hands. HDT is committed to developing ‘assets of community value’ (that’s the technical term) – buildings and assets that are an investment for our neighbourhood – like Sum Studios (the former Anns Grove School) and The Heeley Institute. These bring money into the Trust that can be reinvested in the community.
What binds all of our activity is that it’s all about making Heeley a great place to live, now and in the future.
If we can achieve funding targets, over the next five years it’s our aim to develop:
• a permanent stage for live music and entertainment, for community use
• a café and toilets
• a new world-class boulder
• new bike tracks
What we can really do is determined by the funds we raise. That’s where you come in. There are loads of ways to help, and if we all gave a small regular amount we’d be able to develop confident plans for the future of the park. Sign up to our newsletter and we’ll keep you up to date on the work we’re undertaking and planning.