BARTLEY PARK UPDATE Last year, in a moment of weakness, I opened up my wallet a…

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BARTLEY PARK UPDATE

Last year, in a moment of weakness, I opened up my wallet and donated £600 towards the cost of tree planting at Bartley Park.

To be fair, my colleague, Councillor Caroline Rackham, did most of the actual work, toiling away with two or three volunteers and a Town Council officer. I did however, help with some of the tree planting and of course, made myself available for the proverbial photo shoot.

I must admit, I did have some doubts as to whether the trees would survive and thrive. Although they are staked and have protection from rabbits and deer, that cannot be watered, so have to make do with what the weather provides.

I am pleased to say, having checked in the last few days that most of the trees planted are alive and growing. With luck, we will have a new area of woodland in Totton, reversing a long term trend of destroying habitats for the sake of development.

Barley Park is one of the most under-rated areas of Totton. I suspect that there are still many residents who have never visited. You can find it off the Green Route, the walking and cycle way that runs all the way from Calmore in the north of Totton, to Rushington in the South.




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