After consultation between EWD Ltd, Brightlingsea Town Council, Tendring District Council and Brightlingsea Nature Network, a planting initiative was started on the 7th March to enhance a meadow area on land adjacent to Morse’s Lane and Warrens Pond.
EWD Ltd, one of the towns biggest employers, owns the land and after initial discussions with the Town Council finalised details with Brightlingsea Nature Network. The initiative is part of The Town Council’s green lung strategy announced three years ago whereby areas of open space planted with trees, meadow flowers and plants are made accessible for the local community to enjoy and as part of the towns wider wildlife corridor scheme to help the natural environment. Tendring District Council’s grounds team provided chippings to enhance the planting. Approx. 50 volunteers turned up on the day to take part in the planting.
Susie Jenkins, the organiser of The Brightlingsea Nature Network said: “As a rural seaside community we treasure our wild places and are excited to work with BTC to build up this new natural asset for Brightlingsea wildlife. Our first hedge planting event saw an enthusiastic turn out and 130 metres of Wild Harvest Hedging was planted on the day. Thank you also to The Essex Communities Foundation for supporting our work.”
Town Mayor, Councillor Graham Steady, said: “This is another example of all strands of the local community coming together to enhance the local environment, and this scheme fits in perfectly with the environmental policy, which has been adopted by the Town Council over the last year. Plans are already being drawn up for similar activities at other locations.”