Saturday, 17 March 2018

Volunteers carry out more planting at village green

WHITCHURCH’S new village green is another step closer to completion.

WHITCHURCH’S new village green is another step closer to completion.

Volunteers have planted two more trees and 180 bushes on the land at the old cricket ground off Eastfield Lane.

It was the second phase in the restoration of the site, which used to be privately owned but was taken over by Whitchurch Parish Council last year. The council is overseeing the revamp with help from the Whitchurch Habitat Study Group, which recruited 12 volunteers by posting leaflets through residents’ doors.

Treasurer Sally Woolhouse said: “Despite the cold, we had a good turnout and everyone worked very hard to get everything done. It has been a real community effort and I think people feel proud to have their own village green. We’ve had no problem getting volunteers and sponsors.”

Later in the spring, the volunteers will return to lay mulch at the base of the trees and install three benches. The council hopes to create a junior football pitch later in the year.

The overhaul began in January, when volunteers planted eight trees and 270 hedges. The land was gifted to the council by the Whitelock family, who had owned it since the Twenties.

The family retained ownership of a building plot and the village cricket club continues to play there.

The council manages the site and set aside £18,000 a year to spend on maintenance.

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