Archway welcoming for town

Pilgrims Patch volunteers
Pilgrims Patch volunteers

Two new Gothic-style archways lead the way into Boston from Pilgrim’s Patch, which runs alongside John Adams Way.

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers from Boston Greenscapers and funding from the People’s Health Trust, the area also has a new look to complement the archway.

The Greenscapers have taken on board public opinion to revamp the area in a typically Victorian style.

The design is in a cottage and woodland style with scented plants to give year-round colour and attract wildlife.

The wrought iron archways are at either end of the patch, complementing the surrounding buildings and the history of the area.

Greenscaper Rachel Lauberts designed the archways, after research on the internet, and they were made by Boston firm Craftwork Engineering of Riverside Industrial Estate.

Rachel said the shrubs and plants had been carefully selected to cope with low light levels beneath the canopy of the established trees and to cope with dry conditions. One feature will be roses from the Victorian age, together with more modern longer-flowering varieties.

To complete the design, it is planned to introduce wrought-iron railings to replace the damaged post and wire fence, which marks the boundary with the Red Cross Hall.

Future maintenance will be taken on by the Greenscapers, with help from the council, North Sea Camp and Placecheck volunteers.

Coun Claire Rylott, portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: “I continue to be blown away by the efforts to improve the town and borough by so many willing volunteers. Pilgrims Patch will blossom, I am sure, into another area of town alongside a busy route where thousands each day will have an appreciation of what a beautiful place Boston is, and can be.

“It is now down to all of us to show that appreciation by caring for the environment being created for us all to enjoy.”

The project was carried out in partnership between the Greenscapers, Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and the Salvation Army.

They removed 300 bags of rubbish and 100 bags of rubble from the area.

Boston’s Mayoress, Coun Alison Austin, has agreed to officially open the garden. Her grandparents owned the garden before John Adams Way was built.