Volunteers needed to help manage Kingston Gardens in Grimsby
A POPULAR nature spot could become inaccessible if volunteers cannot be found.
A neighbourhood group is hoping fresh faces can help continue managing Kingston Gardens, a woodland area in central Grimsby, and preserve it for future generations.
The urgent request for volunteers comes after the current chairman of the Kingston Gardens Neighbourhood Watch Group Alec Leonard announced he is to resign due to health reasons.
He said: "I worry that if no one takes the reins the group may fold because of a lack of support and the woods would revert back to being uncared- for and inaccessible.
"Vice chairman Les Bonner and all the volunteers have worked very hard, but we need more people to give just a couple of hours a week to help maintain the woods and the natural habitats of many species of insects, plants and animals."
Kingston Gardens is located on a former waterworks site in Littlefield Lane. It is a haven for flora and fauna.
Mr Leonard hopes that a new leader and new volunteers can complete a project that will reduce the risk of flooding at the large pond there. The project will see a bund – a wall made of earth from the pond – built around the water to prevent flood water damaging nearby homes.
Two small islands will then be built in the pond for wildlife, and fallen trees will be replanted too.
He said: "I hope that a new leader and new volunteers can help complete the project.
"We have approval from the council as well as backing from Anglian Water, who used to own the site, and help from Green Futures to complete the bunds, which will decrease the chance of flooding to the nearby homes.
"The group has a sound financial standing with thousands of pounds of equipment and secure storage.
"There are already some very hardworking volunteers, but more are needed to continue the work of the group.
"Volunteers need only give what they can when they can, but without more help, the group may fold."
Pete Allen is a development officer for Green Futures and is involved in maintaining it.
He said: "I want to thank Alec for his sterling work, and also thank the people who share the woodland. We need to find someone that is passionate about their locality, the environment, wildlife, education and also understand the benefits of a partnership approach to creating opportunities for local people.
"The woodland project is a great opportunity to get involved in a local environmental project that puts something back into your own locality for generations to come."
For more information or to find out how to get involved, call Mr Leonard on 07990 697616 or Mr Bonner on 01472 310855.