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Melton Residents Invited to Transform Abandoned Field into Community Woodland Walk

Green fingered Melton residents are being invited to help plant 500 trees in an abandoned field in the town, which will form a tranquil woodland walkway for people to enjoy.

Melton Borough Council aims to transform a 0.5-hectare site at Kirby Fields, Cowslip Drive, into a lush, broadleaf native woodland. The new green space will offer a haven for local wildlife, whilst also helping to reduce carbon in the atmosphere and providing a tranquil space for residents and visitors alike.

Leicester Time: Melton Residents Invited to Transform Abandoned Field into Community Woodland Walk
Picture: Melton District Council

The project aims to invigorate the area by creating a woodland walk in a park that currently lacks shade and is under-utilised. In addition to tree planting, the area will benefit from new benches, litter bins, and picnic tables for community use and to enjoy the natural pathways created by the trees. These enhancements will make the woodland more accessible and enjoyable, encouraging more people to spend time outdoors.

The planting project will take place between 9.30am and 1.30pm tomorrow (Thursday, 18 January), with access from Cowslip Drive. There will also be refreshments for those who participate in the activities. Those attending will need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.  

The council will be providing equipment; however, this may be limited, and if residents are able to bring a spade, then they are encouraged to do so to make the process more efficient. 

The Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Key Project Delivery, which includes the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which has supported the co-ordination of this project, Cllr Pip Allnatt stated that “This initiative is anticipated to breathe life into the space, making it a vibrant and enjoyable environment for everyone to appreciate.  

“Residents, community groups, and schools are all warmly invited to take part and be rewarded in the experience of giving back to nature. If you are interested in planting a tree, please join us on the day of planting. Trees not only beautify our surroundings, but they also help to combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  

“In addition to this, they also provide a habitat for wildlife and improve air quality. By participating in this tree-planting project, you will not only be contributing to the beauty of Melton but also making a positive impact on the environment. The benefits of this project are significant and will take us another step towards becoming a cleaner, greener Melton.”