Community Group Helps to Transform Abbey Fields
On Saturday 9th November, volunteers from the Friends of Abbey Fields group met with Jon Holmes, Contract Services Green Space Development Officer for Warwick District Council and Lotty Gillespie, Town Centre Supervisor for The Landscape Group, to plant 7,000 bulbs in Abbey Fields. The volunteers planted 6,000 large Dutch golden yellow crocuses, 500 Muscari and 500 Narcissi near the fence on Abbey Hill.
Ed Hepworth, Senior Town Centre Supervisor for The Landscape Group commented: “The mix of spring and summer bulbs have been planted to enhance the fence line in the park, which will bring a lovely flush of mixed colours out from spring and throughout the summer.”
On October 12th, a group of volunteers from the Friends met with Jon Holmes and Ed to add more wildflower plugs to the summer meadow area between the stream and tennis courts. Despite the wet weather the group planted 350 plugs including Ribwort Plantain, Meadow Buttercup, Ladies’ Bedstraw, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Rough Hawkbit and Black Knapweed. The wildflower meadow is now going into the last year of its three-year establishment plan and next year’s display of colour is set to be better than ever.
On September 28th the Friends helped to create a new ‘Rain Garden’ next to the tennis courts, which will help to keep water away from the play area by diverting it into a natural pond. The Rain Garden’s planting has been chosen to provide a colourful display throughout the year whilst also encouraging wildlife such as newts and frogs to take up residence.
Eleanor Ballard, General Manager for The Landscape Group commented:
“We are very pleased to be working alongside community groups such as the Friends of Abbey Fields, their input and active involvement is invaluable and ensures that the District’s parks and green spaces are continually developed with the wishes of the local community in mind. Our team in Kenilworth has worked closely with the Friends on a number of projects since we began working in the area and we look forward to many more projects in the future.“
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