Park volunteers branch out with tree planting

Nick Hennessey, the council's Park Ranger and Ian Morson, Alexandra Park Volunteer Team member

Nick Hennessey, the council's Park Ranger and Ian Morson, Alexandra Park Volunteer Team member

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A TEAM of greenfingered volunteers rolled up their sleeves to kick start work on a £10,000 scheme in Alexandra Park.

The Park’s Vounteers led by the council’s park rangers spent Sunday, May 12 working in Shornden Meadow to improve the habitat and wildlife of the area.

The money was provided by the The Veolia Environmental Trust.

Volunteers cleared a space last month in preparation for planting trees in the meadow area.

Seven specimen trees including Double White Cherry, Crab Apple and a Wild Service Tree or Sorbus Torminalis tree.

All species produce fruit which will attract birds and insects to the area.

To enhance the look of the meadow the fence has also been improved.

In addition to this, work has been carried out in Shornden Reservoir where planting shelves have been added to the water’s edge and a wide variety of marginal plants were added which will benefit the water fowl giving them a valuable food source and protection for their young.

Cllr Emily Westley, lead member for leisure and amenities, said: ““This is a fantastic time for our jewel in the crown park with some excellent improvements to the conservation areas.

“The wildlife has already benefited from the work the volunteers and our rangers are doing, making forgotten areas more appealing to the eye and encouraging a more diverse range of wildlife into an already bustling green space.

“Work will continue throughout the summer.” To become a volunteer call Nick Hennessey on 451066.