OUR ENVIRONMENT

The Diana Garden

GARDENING

 

The Sutton-on-Sea Gardening Working Party

is a small band of volunteers

who try to improve our area’s grounds.

 

Their main concerns are

THE DIANA GARDEN IN TRUSTHORPE ROAD

THE PLANTERS ON THE HIGH STREET

THE CENTRAL RESERVATION PLANTER

THE PLEASURE GARDENS

The old railway line walk

entered from Crabtree Lane

The

High Street

planter

The Working Party does not undertake major work

but mainly concentrates on weeding & dead-heading.

It meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Meridale

& sets out from there weather permitting

to spend an hour or so on particular tasks.

If you would offer help contact Joyce Looker

(01507) 443288

Jb.looker@btinternet.com

The Pleasure Gardens

ACRE GAP and ACRE MEADOW______

are managed by Mablethorpe & Sutton-on-Sea  Town Council advised by a committee of local Councillors and residents.

It has been proposed that Acre Gap be registered as

A NATURE RESERVE.

For this a 5year plan must be submitted

together with accepting responsibility to carry it out.

Acre Meadows is considered more of an amenity area

though still wild but maybe tidier.

The whole area is valuable for it's wild flowers

like cowslip & the introduced marsh orchid & yellow rattle

which is said to inhibit the growth of nearby grass.

Before the upheaval of the Drainage Board scheme

30 varieties of sedge, reed rush, & different flowers were recorded. Afterwards white campion, salad burnet & coltsfoot

were recorded on the reseeded mounds.

During the last few years extra hedges have been planted

with hawthorne, field maple, spindle & wild rose

now becoming visible.

Crab apple trees were added 

togehter with an  oak seedling from one of the Crown estates. These are still alive but small.

THE ACRE GAP
ENVIRONMENTAL AREA

Birds such as swallows are seen over the lagoons,

whitethroat are heard in the spinney in the summer months

& mallard duck and resident birds may be seen at any time.

Butterflies include common blue, small skipper

as well as meadow brown, peacock & red admiral.

There are grasshoppers & spiders yet to be identified

& frogspawn in the dyke in the spring.

Control of the vigorous growth is necessary

without the need to be too tidy & desroying the habitat.

Future plans may include a sandy area

using the sand blown over during high winds

which cannot be put back on the beach.

The Drainage Board cuts the edges of the watercourse for safety. There is a good liason between them & the Town Council.

Acre Gap & Acre Meadow are a valuable wild-life asset

& a pleasant place to visit

which we as residents have the opportunity

to preserve and improve for everyone to enjoy.

~ Kay Raby October 2013