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 Pleasure Gardens
The Diana Garden
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
THE ACRE GAP
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.
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