THE FRIENDS of Alexandra Park are branching out after receiving a grant for £10,000.
The dedicated group of volunteers has been awarded the funds from The Veolia Environmental Trust.
It was one of 50 awarded by the Trust’s Board across the country to celebrate 15 years of community and environmental projects in the UK.
The grant will be used for planting, tree works and the installation of fencing, signs and notices.
Ponds will also be restored and improved and new ones created.
Nesting boxes will also be erected throughout the park to attract bird species such as Grey Wagtails, Mallard Ducks, Moorhens, Herons and native song birds.
Waterfowl nesting platforms and marginal plants will be added to create a more secure and sustainable breeding habitat.
The work will be undertaken by the Friends, the Probation Service and members of the environmental charity The Conservation Volunteers.
Once complete, the area will be a place where people will be able to enjoy the many species that will call it home.
It is also hoped it will be continue to be used as part of the Education Futures Trust project where schoolchildren take part in outdoor education in the park.
Nick Hennessey, a park ranger, works with the Friends to help manage projects on the site.
He said: “The money will make a massive difference especially as the council has been cutting back recently because of the economic climate.
“We will be using the funds to carry out improvements to the park especially the wildlife areas.
“We will be planting trees, erecting fencing and fixed signboards to tell visitors what’s in the park and what they may be able to see.
“The money will help us safeguard the habitats of bird such as the wagtails, ducks, Moorhens and Herons.
““The Friends are great bastions of the park and do a great job helping keep it in tip-top shape.”