New fence and replacement hedge sees boost for wildlife at Edwalton parkLast updated: 7/2/2024
Rushcliffe Borough Council will install a new hedge surrounding a park in Edwalton that will see a boost for wildlife and ensure further sustainability at the site.
The authority removed the dead hedgerow from the edge of Miss Machins Field in Edwalton from January 19 to enable the installation of a new timber post and rail fencing that will provide a new habitat for a mixed species of native hedgerow for years to come.
The hedge may have appeared to look healthy but on inspection by officers, its woody plants had died and overtime had become suppressed by Ivy which as an evergreen gave the impression there was live foliage.
Work to install the fencing and replant the hedgerow will now commence and over 900 replacement plants will be planted, the majority being hawthorn with a mix of other species to provide greater visual interest and wildlife value in the area.
It will include 65 native dogwood, 95 hazel, 560 hawthorn, 95 European spindle, 25 dog rose and 95 guelder-rose trees.
RBC’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “We understand if any residents were concerned by the work that took place at the site but rest assured it is with its longer term sustainability in mind.
“On land the Council owns and maintains we make improvements and changes like this on many occasions each year and we understand if residents wish to know more about work at one of our popular parks.
“We’re investing in our parks and open spaces across the Borough and work such as this at Miss Machins Field is vital for habitats to develop even further over time.”