Councillors agree to be green

GREEN-minded Boston Borough councillors have agreed to endorse an action plan to conserve and enhance Lincolnshire’s environment.

At a full cabinet meeting on Wednesday, councillors approved recommendations to endorse the Lincolnshire Biodiversity Action Plan.

Portfolio holder for parks and open space Coun Yvonne Gunter said: “We have made particular reference to Central Park, Boston Cemetery, Witham Way Country Park, Boston Woods and Freiston Shore and Frampton RSPB Reserves as key assets.

“The main focus for our activity will be our parks, open spaces and allotments.

“The council has already involved local schoolchildren in helping develop a wildlife garden in Central Park and nature areas in Witham Way Country Park.”

The plan aims to work in partnership with organisations to conserve and enhance the county’s biodiversity and ensure it is recognised as an essential element of life, including contributing to health and wellbeing, the economy and recreation.

“Biodiversity is important to the borough for a number of reasons – from improving the attractiveness of the local environment through to helping boost tourism and even flood protection,” added Coun Gunter.

“Through the Greening Boston initiative we will be promoting community orchards and tree planting in the coming year, something that has been given added impetus by the national Jubilee Woods project.”

The full action plan extends to almost 250 pages and hopes to co-ordinate action with a total of 45 partners.

It is divided into six categories including coastal, farmland, heathland, rivers, and urban centres and also covers 12 species such as bats, birds and water voles.

Concerns were raised at the meeting regarding the amount of woodland being created and how it would affect the council’s ability to develop the town, including new housing and distributor roads.

However councillors were reassured these would be taken into account and that residents would be encouraged to plant around developments, including using trees to screen various roads.

For more information on the plan visit www.lincsbiodiversity.org.uk.