Help with work on wild side
ECO-FRIENDLY volunteers are invited to take a walk on the wild side.
Already a number of volunteers and residents living next to Kingston Gardens wood, off Chelmsford Avenue, in Grimsby, have made their mark. It will be preserved for future generations to enjoy and also enhance the natural habitat for a variety of wildlife.
Bradley-based social enterprise Green Futures a not-for- profit company, is working in partnership with the Friends Of Kingston Gardens to carry out enhancement work.
Peter Allen, development officer for Green Futures, said there is a profusion of species, including newts, dragonfly, squirrels, woodpeckers and owls, at the site.
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Thanks to a Lottery grant of £9,800, successfully achieved by the Friends, residents and visitors will have the chance to appreciate the wildlife and the environment more.
Mr Allen appealed for more volunteers to help transform the site, offering a free lunch to all those who come forward.
Teams of volunteers will meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week until work is complete.
And Anglian Water will dredge the pond in the wood and create an earth bund (embankment) to alleviate flooding in the nearby gardens.
Peter said: "It is a chance to learn about wood management and biodiversity and improve the environment.
"We are clearing out much of the woodland and managing it for people to enjoy for future generations."
He urged volunteers to wear sensible footwear and clothing for working in the wood.
Chairman of the Friends Alec Leonard said: "We have to work within the confines of what North East Lincolnshire Council has agreed as part of the management plan.
"It would be good to get the comments of residents about their view of the wood and hope they will come along. The work is going well so far."
Elaine Atkinson, chairman of Grimsby In Bloom, said: "Once it is all done it is going to look beautiful. I will be contacting our In Bloom members to ask for their support."
The Friends praised the support they had from community activist Les Bonner.
Mr Leonard said: "He has been highly proactive and a big help to us."
Anyone wishing to find out more details can contact Mr Allen on 01472 870609, or by visiting email@example.com or www.greenfutures.com