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The volunteer Gardeners that are part of Town Team lovingly nurture and maintain 6 sites in and around Broadstairs. To compliment the other areas in and around our town that the volunteers already maintain, they’ve identified a high profile and high footfall open space which is neglected, that can be reclaimed, replanted and so provide a much-needed haven for wildlife. It was once a beautiful green area on a popular path down to Louisa Bay, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Pressures on local authority budgets have meant sadly that gardens and wildlife-friendly spaces take a back seat for maintenance priority and funding now. The plan for trees, hedging, flowering shrubs and wildlife-friendly attractions : bee hotels, bird nest boxes & baths, hedgehog houses, wilderness area and wildflowers has been designed by one of the members, a retired horticulturalist & naturalist. They are looking for help and support from new volunteers for the project and donation towards plants
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
A brand new wildlife habitat. Increase footfall to this wonderful bay. A new volunteer team working together to amplify the sense of well-being and achievement gained from working together outdoors on community projects. Restoration of a once admired but latterly neglected set of flower beds. An opportunity to learn more about plants and wildlife through signs detailing the plants and habitat for wildlife on site. A demonstration of the power of volunteering and community groups to transform even small spaces for the benefit of locals and visitors alike. Small but key contracts for local specialist tradesmen and garden specialists to work in collaboration with a community group where funds allow.
Steps to get it done:
The new Louisa Bay Access Road bed project is just one of 7 sites in and around Broadstairs maintained and loved by our volunteer garden enthusiasts who donate their time to Town Team projects. Many other local community groups have offered their help and support, along with local businesses and more importantly individuals who just want to make a small difference. Working with 6 local groups who love the idea means we can make a huge difference with very little funding, buckets of enthusiasm, plant knowledge and just a few hours of time donated. No professional experts, just a love of gardens, plants, working in a group, outdoor spaces and with Broadstairs' future uppermost in their minds they know they can make a difference. Even small amount of plant donations, donations of money for plants and compost all will make the project happen and more importantly be maintained and sustained by the people who take ownership and responsibility for maintenance very much to heart
About the space
Thanet District Council
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Louisa Bay Access Road project. As we can only feature 1 image here, For images of all the work done to date please follow this link : https://www.broadstairstownteam.org.uk/activities-what-s-happening-this-year/gardening-groups/ Our project aim: To regenerate the two overgrown and unkempt raised beds on the slope down to Louisa Bay, to create an oasis of plants and wildlife to be enjoyed by residents and visitors. This raised bed had not been regularly tended for a while. We initially thought it was planted and maintained intermittently by Thanet District Council Garden team. We subsequently discovered they were not responsible for maintaining this bed and our volunteers initially decided to take on the task of just tidying it up and pruning back overgrown plants. In autumn 2021 the volunteers decided this bed needed some serious renovation if it was to compliment the work they had all done on the slope. The volunteers started by pruning back the large Phormium plants that dominated the bed and cleared the debris and accumulated litter that had built up behind the plants. When they cut back the very overgrown osteospermum plants they discovered a rockery. This was replanted with donated osteospermum and Spring bulbs. The New “Phormium” Bed Spring 2022 Planting the Pillylea Augustifolia shrub 19 May Today this bed it is an integral part of the Louisa Bay Access Road Project. The Louisa Access Road story has been widely publicised. We have had an article published in the South & South East in Bloom newsletter and an article in will appear in the next Broadstairs Society newsletter due out in June. The Crocus Bed – planted by the Town Team Garden Group in collaboration with Broadstairs Rotary to celebrate world Polio Day in October 2020, is also an integral part of the Louisa Bay Access Road project.
The other 7 beds that Town Team maintain in and around Broadstairs will benefit hugely too. We always struggle for funding for plants, materials and equipment as we have no regular funding or sponsorship, so any money raised over and above our target will be shared equally with those sites over the coming year too. Double win! If you have friends or family that would ,like to support the work our volunteers do in Broadstairs, please consider sharing the link to this page with them, we have until next Wednesday, 30th to complete our Spacehive funding activity.Thanks all.
We have hit our original fundraising target, which is amazing. Thanks to Kent Crowdfund for backing our project yesterday too. We know from your feedback just how many local people support the work we do in and around Broadstairs at various garden sites, whether donating time or funding. So we can continue and ensure all the sites are sustainable, we'll be down at Louisa Bay on Saturday collecting cash donations too as many people have contacted us to fund out how to support our work. All funds over our original target for LBAR will be put to great use and will support and sustain the other 7 sites our wonderful volunteers maintain. We're so happy and garteful to live in a place where community comes together to do positive things,.