Naomi’s Corner: Public green space to open in Kelham Island in memory of local food bank volunteer

‘Naomi’s Corner’ will be officially opened by former Lord Mayor Magid Magid this weekend, a new public space named in memory of Naomi Colcomb who worked in Kelham Island and was a keen volunteer for a local food bank. 

The space has been created to honour Naomi’s passion for connecting with others, nature and one’s-self with benches, planters and a community book swap library brought together in a safe and peaceful place. Naomi’s Corner is located at the end of the Upper Don walk next to Ball Street Bridge. 

Craig Wolstenholme, secretary of KINCA (Kelham Island & Neepsend Community Alliance), said: “The creation of Naomi’s Corner has created a new green space which will benefit the whole community. I’m so pleased we secured funds for this project and the council and Naomi’s family have been very supportive of our plans too.”

“We are aware that Kelham Island & Neepsend lacks outdoor spaces for residents and visitors to occupy and community consultations have shown that there is a strong desire for more public and green spaces which this project addresses.”

A main feature of Naomi’s Garden will be the community book swap library

“It has been a real community effort too. David from Kelham Island Furniture has made the garden’s furniture, and we’ve had local artists contribute sculpture and paintings. We also have a team of volunteers that regularly water the plants.”

Music by local musicians and free refreshments will be available, including Chai made using Naomi’s famous recipe. Food donations to help with refreshments are welcome and can be arranged by leaving a comment on the Kelham Island & Neepsend Community Alliance Facebook page. 

Naomi’s Corner will be officially opened on Saturday August 14th at 1pm.

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