For 2020/2021 The Friends of Park Fields Committee have been working on two main projects:
Hedge Project 2020
In 2011 and 2012 The FOPF undertook a project working with the TCV to gap plant the hedge between the school side entrance and the top gate. A smaller section of the Wood Lane Hedge from the top gate towards the sportsfield was also gap planted and layed. This project received an award in 2012.
However, the Wood Lane hedge from the gate on the Sport Field to around Paddock Drive remains generally in poor condition. Gaps are appearing. A section of the hedge adjacent to the sport field is made up entirely of Bramble which in places is dying back and if no action this is likely to continue giving direct access from the road to the field.
The Friends have been working with the TCV, and senior members of the council's parks and green spaces team to consider options. The experts have recommended that the following action is taken.
TCV volunteers will plant Approximately 70 Metres of new hedge plants from the gate on the Sports field towards the direction of the Cow field - A variety of suitable plant species will be used
The Hedge at the bottom of the field between the Sports and Cow field that was planted as part of the initial project in 2012 has taken extremely well and it is recommended that part of this section is layed by TCV volunteers to reduce its height and increase its thickness over time
The Wood Lane hedge line will be gap filled along its entire length with new plants where needed. This work will be carried out by TCV volunteers.
In addition as part of this project the council will commission their contractor to carry out the following work
- Prepare for the planting of new hedge by reducing the thickness of the bramble whilst leaving enough to provide a barrier to the road.
- Cut back verge to the hedge along the Wood Lane side of the hedge.
- Reduce the height of the hedge further to open views (where possible).
- On the Cow Field side the height of the blackthorn will be reduced to hedge height
The Project is expected to be completed by the End of March 2020 (weather dependant)
This community project has been funded by; Neston Town Council, CWAC Green Spaces, Friends of Park Fields and a Community appeal with valued support from the TCV volunteers.
Update: The Project was successfully completed Just before Lockdown In March 2020 (see the pictures below)..
FOPF committee launch exciting plans to rebuild bio-diversity of the Fields.
The FOPF committee have set up a project group to consider options for enhancing the "Educational area" of the field. The area is fenced from the main field and is approx 7200m2 (see the photo below).
After consultation with; local people, schools, groups, visitors to the field, and our partners at CWAC. A vision has been created to develop the biodiversity of the area.
Plans include creating a number of ponds, a wild flower meadow, suitable seating, natural landscaping and creation of natural habitats together with planting of a number of 'missing' plant species.
The project will aim to bring people from the community to work together to create the vision. The wild flower meadow will, for example, be sown by volunteers. All help will be very welcome!
For so long Covid19 has forced us to be apart, we hope that this project with not only allow the biodiversity of the area to flourish but will be a catalyst to bring the community together again.
The Fields are next to the Wirral Way and National Cycle paths and are visited and enjoyed by people from Cheshire, Merseyside and beyond. We hope that this project once completed will encourage people to visit Parkgate and support local businesses.
Not only will creating the project be a positive experience, once completed the area will be a valuable addition to the fields and be available to be used and enjoyed by the public, schools and special interest groups.
Our Project team are currently in the process of applying for grant funding from Biffa and Natural England so we can make our vision a reality - a true community project for us all to look forward to!
We shall keep you informed but in the meantime please keep safe, enjoy the Fields and look forward to the future!
Please see the plans below...