The Harwich Society’s Gardening Team, Tendring District Council and 4th Dovercourt Sea Scouts
19 MAR 2016 The community joined forces for a special planting session at Dovercourt’s Cliff Park.
Green-fingered helpers from a variety of organisations turned out at the site on Saturday and also undertook a litter pick as well as a survey of park users.
The initiative was carried out by members of the Harwich Society’s Gardening Team and Tendring District Council (TDC) with support from 4th Dovercourt Sea Scouts.
Around 25 buckthorn plants and a further 60 assorted trees and shrubs including hawthorn, hazel, blackthorn and field maple were planted in the shrub areas of the site.
The buckthorn plants are part of a joint project between TDC and The Essex Wildlife Trust with the aim of the project to create stepping stones by the strategic planting of buckthorn shrubs.
This in time will allow existing brimstone populations to expand across the District and urban gardens such as those in Cliff Park are becoming increasingly important.
The other trees and shrubs will also help to provide food, nectar and safe nesting environments.
Harwich Society chairman, Colin Farnell, said: "TDC did a great job in building a community based partnership that resulted in so many people making a positive difference in Cliff Park. Everyone came away with a real sense of achievement."
Michael Talbot, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said it is good to see so many people coming together to look after the park and improve what it has to offer the community.
“Once the planting was completed they moved on to a litter pick and four bags of rubbish were collected,” he added.
“In addition to these activities a survey of the park’s users was carried out by three volunteers and it is hoped that the information gathered will assist TDC in maintaining and improving the park for the 21st century.”
The efforts on Saturday satisfy a number of the criteria in the bid for a Green Flag at Cliff Park.
A management plan was submitted at the end of January and the judging will take place in May.
For further information on this press release contact Nigel Brown, Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager on 01255 686338.
Photo Copyright © Maria Fowler 2016