Kids dig deep for park work

Tree Plant: Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Margaret Handley with Eastwood Comprehensive school students planting trees behind Durban House.
Tree Plant: Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Margaret Handley with Eastwood Comprehensive school students planting trees behind Durban House.

Schoolchildren dug in to kick-start over £30,000 of improvements to Eastwood’s Mansfield Road Recreation Ground earlier this week.

The kids from The Priory Catholic School, Lynncroft Primary School and Eastwood Comprehensive School marked National Tree Week by planting 11 semi-mature trees at the site including oak, silver birch and mountain ash.

Broxtowe mayor Cllr Margaret Handley also braved the elements alongside pupils to plant the trees as well as over 6,000 snowdrops, fritillaries, winter aconites, bluebells and narcissus flower bulbs.

The event – organised in partnership between Broxtowe Borough Council and Groundwork Greater Nottingham – complements £33,400 of renovations to the recreation ground and memorial garden, which were agreed by the council’s cabinet on Tuesday.

The improvements to Mansfield Road Recreation Ground will see new fencing installed, more accessible footpaths, areas of formal and informal planting, seating and improved car parking. Part of the area will also be managed to benefit wildflowers and wildlife.

Once improvements to the Memorial Garden are complete, local people will also be able to purchase and dedicate a tree or seat in the area with a Book of Memorial to be held in the adjacent DH Lawrence Heritage Centre.

Cllr Stan Heptinstall said: “National Tree Week provides a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people to protect the environment.

“We look forward to revisiting the park in the spring when the renovation is complete and thousands of bulbs they planted burst into life for the first time.”

This week also saw the Advertiser plant your Jubilee tree at the recreation ground - see the picture below.