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Volunteers: Enhancing Our Local Environment

Published on Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Maldon Cemetery
Maldon Cemetery

Over 5000 hours of work have been delivered last year in projects organised by Maldon District Council’s Coast and Countryside Team.

Our Countryside & Coast volunteers and Community Payback teams have been working hard over the last year to enhance our local environment.

Over 5000 hours of work have been delivered last year in projects organised by Maldon District Council’s Coast and Countryside Team. They have worked on various projects throughout the District including clearing over growth in Maldon and Burnham cemeteries which has revealed several older graves that had been inaccessible for many years.

In Maldon cemetery, new paths have been created and tree crowns lifted to improve vision and light, 1000s of bulbs and wildflowers have been seeded in the old woodland area. In Burnham-on-Crouch cemetery volunteers have removed brambles and improved paths.

Other parks and open spaces to benefit, have been Elms Farm Park in Heybridge where the receding lake bank has been reinstated using natural bundles of hazel, back filled with soil.

Hester Place in Burnham has been transformed with volunteers removing brambles and ivy and planting new trees, bulbs and wildflowers, creating an area for all to enjoy. Hibernaculum’s have been created and in the future bird boxes will be added. A scrape has also been added, with the hope that it will be an all year-round source of moisture for the local wildlife.

Cllr Henry Bass, Chairman of Maldon Council, who had the opportunity to see first-hard what has been done, said, “We are really proud of the hard work of our local volunteers; their efforts make such a difference to our open and green spaces, making them better for people and wildlife. Volunteering is a key part of local communities, providing valuable services, attractions and events, promoting heritage, social engagement and much more. It is also very rewarding and enriches the lives of people who take part.”

Suzanne Finch the Council’s Parks and Countryside Community Officer said, “The Council also work with corporate volunteering projects including Essex and Suffolk Water’s ‘just an hour’ program. Last year reed beds at Riverside Park were cut back to create areas of open water for the wildlife.”

Other community projects have included hedge and tree planting at Wickham Bishops and coast/beach litter picking at Heybridge Creek, Osea causeway and Bradwell.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email Maldon District Council’s Countryside and Coast Team for more information at countrysideandcoast@maldon.gov.uk

Notes to editor

Those wanting to find more local volunteering opportunities should visit www.volunteeressex.org