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Spring Colour

Over recent months the Nene Park Trust volunteers have been busy planting over 16,000 bulbs in several areas of the Park. This is one of the planned projects to make Ferry Meadows an even more attractive place for people and wildlife. Stuart Holmes, a volunteer at Nene Park and Landscape Design student at Sheffield University, developed the Ferry Meadows bulb planting plan. As well as designing the areas for bulb planting Stuart also analysed the best bulb species for the soil conditions in the Park.

From March onwards, areas of the Park will be blooming with native daffodils, bluebells and wild garlic. This will be the first phase in a programme of bulb planting over the next five years to introduce more colour into the park.

Areas planted include Ham Lane approach road to Ferry Meadows Country Park, South of Overton Lake and the Mound also in Ferry Meadows Country Park. Further planting is to be undertaken on walking and cycling paths from nearby Lynch Wood and Minerva business parks and the residential areas of Orton Wistow which have direct walking and cycling paths into the Park.

Stuart Holmes, a volunteer at Nene Park and Landscape Architecture student at the University of Sheffield, developed the Ferry Meadows bulb planting plan. The design looked to create colour trails along less obvious approaches to the park, focus the eye on some key views and assets whilst always using surrounding vegetation, landform and soil type to guide composition and species to create a naturalistic appearance.

There are always plenty of tasks to complete in the Park and there are regular volunteer work parties on offer. In addition, team-building days can be organised for local businesses. If you are interested in either of these opportunities click here to find out more.