24 Sep 2011
A group of Kettering volunteers are to start work this autumn creating a new native English wildflower meadow in one of the town's parks. The Natural-Ise group, who look after the newly created Ise Valley Parklands in Kettering, are to start work on planting large amounts of native wildflower plants along the River Ise. The project is called English Meadows.
Natural-Ise chairman Martin Toms said that "we have been awarded £2,000 for our English Meadows project which will see us create a very large area of native species rich meadow. Whilst we have a good group of supporters we welcome all volunteers to help us create what will become an outstanding area"
The group have been supported in developing the scheme by Dr Robin Field the Revital-ISE Ise Project Manager. Dr Field said that "this new meadow will be an incredibly important element in the vitality of the riverside environment and be a major boost to insect populations. This in turn will boost the biodiversity of the whole area". This will link to other restoration projects within and adjacent to the park such as the restoration of the water meadow at Wicksteed Park.
The first work party was out last Saturday, 24th September with further dates planned for 1st October and 8th October where all are welcome. Volunteers are asked to bring a spade or trowel and meet at 10am at the Ise Valley Pavillion off Grantown Close on the Ise Lodge Estate.
All volunteers are welcome, and children who'd like to create a long term legacy in Kettering are especially welcome.
Related article in the Northants Evening Telegraph [new window]