�8,000 planting project finished

THE last phase of a planting project supported by the Big Lottery was completed on Saturday.

Over recent months the project has seen enhancement work carried out on both the Royston Town Council-owned plantations at Green Walk and Stile Plantation.

Les Baker, chairman of the Royston in Bloom committee, said: “The project has really proved to be worthwhile with the enhancement work already being appreciated by residents using the plantations.

“The work of the volunteers involved cannot be emphasised enough and without them much of what has been done in such a short space of time would not have been achieved.”

Benches and information boards were erected at Green Walk, while trees were planted at Stile Plantation as well as the placing of two information boards.

Bird boxes, owl boxes and bat boxes were introduced into both plantations.

“The whole idea was to enhance both areas and help sustain the wealth of wildlife which has taken up occupation on the plantations,” said Mr Baker.

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The team included volunteers from Johnson Matthey, the Royston Volunteer Centre, councillors, Royston in Bloom members, town council staff and residents. All the costs of the project were met from an �8,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund.