Green Fingered Volunteers Needed for Priory Country Park
Wednesday 3rd March
Are you interested in helping to look after
one of the most picturesque parts of Bedford? Can you spare four
hours a month?
If the answer to both of those questions is
yes, then the team of Rangers at Bedford Borough Council’s Priory
Country Park want to hear from you!
They’re looking for volunteers to get involved
with their second session of the year as they continue their work
to keep the park a beautiful and safe place to enjoy.
On Sunday 7th March, helpers are needed to
coppice the willow around the main lake. This involves cutting the
willow close to its base and removing branches blocking light from
the reed beds, which provide an excellent habitat for all sorts of
Some of the willow collected on the day will
then be used by school children in Bedford to build a willow tunnel
for their playground.
Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder
for the Environment at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Bedford has
four parks which have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag
“Priory Country Park has been given Green Flag
status for the last 8 years. This means it is one of the best open
spaces in the country. The award also recognises the outstanding
work done every day by our Park Rangers to keep the park litter
free and in great condition for everyone who uses it.
“As well as their hard
work, the efforts of a team of volunteers can make a
huge difference on projects such as this. I would urge anyone
who values our green spaces to get involved and give as much time
as you can.”
A similar event at the beginning of February
saw a team of volunteer’s clear small trees from around Riverside
Pond as well as re-opening an overgrown footpath.
Volunteers are requested to meet at the Priory
Country Park visitor centre on Barkers Lane between
9.30-9.45am on Sunday 7th March. For more information contact 01234