Tree-mendous effort for Queen’s jubilee

Coun Yvonne Gunter joined council officers Ian Farmer and Peter Udy to receive the Biodiversity Action Plan from Fran Hitchinson.
Coun Yvonne Gunter joined council officers Ian Farmer and Peter Udy to receive the Biodiversity Action Plan from Fran Hitchinson.

TWO new community orchards have been planned for the Boston area in a bid to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the most tree-mendous way.

Boston Borough Council has approved funding from Lincolnshire County Council for the new orchards and a number of spinneys and copses.

The project, which will see new orchards in the Witham Way Country Park and at the Cuckoo Land allotment site, is in line with a nationwide scheme to create woodland all over the country to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. One forest, 59 smaller woodland areas and mini projects, similar to the one in Boston, have been approved.

It is also part of the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Action Plan, which sets out priorities in wildlife conservation in the county over the next 10 years.

The third edition of the action plan, which is compiled by the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Partnership, was launched at an event in Lincoln recently. Representatives from Boston Borough Council attended the event, at Riseholm College, as the authority is a partner in the scheme.

Coun Yvonne Gunter, who attended the event, said: “It was an excellent day, providing a number of practical ideas that we can apply to our own green spaces in Boston to make them more wildlife friendly and interesting. We will be working with the wider community, including schools, to help them reconnect with nature.”