12 Feb 2011
On Saturday 12th February, local volunteers from the Natural-Ise Group took to transforming Kettering's Ise Valley Parklands with the first stage of planting 1,400 young trees in the area.
The young trees were provided by Kettering Borough Council who developed a planting plan and also supported the group with expert advice from staff from the Grounds Maintenance team.
The trees the group planted included young hawthorns, blackthorns, field maples, hazel, rose and oak trees which will help to create a new and very large natural hedgerow running along side Margaret Road allotments and near to the Ise Wildflower meadow which was planted up in 2008
Brendan Coleman, Head of Environmental Care Services at Kettering Borough Council said: 'We are keen to work with and support all community groups who want to get involved with their communities. We also have goals to improve the bio-diversity within the borough and the fantastic work this group has done goes a long way to support this"
Chairperson of Natural-Ise, Martin Toms, said that "this has been another great project for us and its just wonderful to see so many local people working together make this beautiful area even better"
Over the course of the day the Natural-Ise volunteers managed to plant nearly half of the supplied trees and will continue planting this Saturday 19th. If you would like to join in with the planting fun, meet at the Green Patch at the junction of Valley Walk and Margaret Road at 10:00 . Bring a spade.
The Naturalise Group meet on the first Tuesday of every month to carry out projects to improve the Ise Valley Parklands area. All are welcome and membership is free. If you are interested in coming along please contact Dave Lane at Kettering Borough Council on 01536 534 192
Notes to Editor
Planting will resume on Saturday 19th February from 10am. For a photo opportunity and the chance to speak to those involved please contact Dave Lane at Kettering Borough Council on 01536 534 192
The Natural-Ise Group are a local community group who are committed to improving the area around the Ise Valley. Their projects have included turning Ise Valley Parklands into a recognised park, improving the natural environment such as making and putting up bird boxes, developing wildflower meadow and organising litter picks for the area.