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New Plantings In Recreation Ground For A Greener Future

Published on: 10 Feb, 2021
Updated on: 12 Feb, 2021

Trees, shrubs and bulbs have been planted at Stoughton Recreation Ground as part of Surrey’s Greener Future Design Challenge.

A member of Guildford Borough Council’s parks team tending to one of the new trees at Stoughton Recreation Ground.

A team from Stoughton’s Emmanuel Church was one of 10 winners of the challenge that invited Surrey residents, businesses and students to submit ideas on how they could work with their local community to tackle climate change.

Saplings have been planted at the top of Stoughton Recreation Ground (Shepherds Hill side).

A £500 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has paid for the trees and shrubs, plant protection, 10,000 bulbs and watering for three years to help the trees to establish.

Guildford Borough Council’s parks and countryside teams pledged their time, advice, expertise, labour and watering services and supplied all the bulbs for the project.

And planted at the bottom of the park near the entrance from Worplesdon Road.

Quotes from the council’s press release include: Lead councillor for the environment, James Steel (Lib Dem, Westborough), said: From a climate and nature aspect, it’s great to see this project come to life.”

He added that included are a variety of heritage fruit trees, some local to Surrey. They have been selected to yield fruit over the whole growing season, and to provide year-round nectar for insects.

A view of Stoughton Recreation Ground on Wednesday, February 10, looking towards the football pitches.

Cllr Pauline Searle (Lib Dem, Stoughton) added: “This is a fantastic project and we have seen such great community spirit. Our local residents are looking forward to seeing the new plants develop and offer new food sources and habitats as well as helping to combat air pollution.”

Lead councillor for the community, Julia McShane (Lib Dem, Westborough), said: “Our green spaces are so important, especially so through this pandemic and I am sure that the communities around the recreation ground will benefit greatly from this project.”

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test 2 Responses to New Plantings In Recreation Ground For A Greener Future

  1. Shirley West Reply

    February 10, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    This is wonderful news of the planting by Guildford Parks and Gardens. My husband Brian and I take our daily walk there most days and this planting will make the grounds look absolutely lovely.

    I just pray no one vandalises the great effort that’s put into this project.

  2. Julia Shaw Reply

    February 13, 2021 at 8:17 am

    A great idea!

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