(Reposted from Adur and Worthing Council)
Work springs into action at Brooklands Park, as 46 trees are planted along the Western Road edge of the Park, as it begins its journey of transformation which started with the improvements to the lake two years ago.
A range of new trees are being planted, including mature blossom trees such as Amelanchier lamarckii, a small deciduous tree which will show showy white flowers in May, red to purple fruits and often beautiful colours in the autumn. Joining these will be a mixture of large and smaller specimens of apple and berry bearing trees which aim to support the bird population making their homes in the park. In recent weeks Adur & Worthing Councils’ ranger team have worked with the Friends of Brooklands Park to install around 58 bird boxes, which were made by local community group Men in Sheds Lancing and Sompting.
The tree-planting work will be carried out by the rangers team and Friends of Brooklands Committee members. As the trees being planted are larger trees, they will act as a sound barrier from the road and will block both noise and pollution from the busy Western Road, and the industrial estate.
Meanwhile, a new partnership project called 'Bees and Sea's is swinging into action, taking over a corner of the park to create a learning wildlife haven. The Friends of Brooklands Park, along with non-profit Creative Waves and community organisation Food Pioneers are working together with Worthing Borough Council to create a dedicated eco-friendly space to attract pollinators', which play a vital role in creating and maintaining the local ecosystem.
Work to further develop the Brooklands Park Master Plan will commence in the autumn including the construction of the new visitor hub, cafe, and adventure play area once tenders are released to the market for contractors. The plan for the redevelopment is to create a science nature park with the emphasis on fun learning, supporting the STEM school curriculum, while also encouraging wellbeing through outdoor activity.