Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Each spring and autumn the Woodland Trust supplies free tree packs to community groups, schools and youth groups across the UK. Packs enable groups to plant more trees, woods, copses and hedges in the shared spaces of their local areas. Packs are distributed twice a year – in November for the autumn planting season, and again in March. Groups are welcome to receive a pack each March and November. The proposal for the Public Landscaping project is a short term objective with long term benefits, to help transform and visually improve our shared public spaces. through partnership working with individuals and groups at a minimum cost, by sharing work loads and resources. We are keen to collectively identify small to large areas of public land, throughout Lochgelly, which can be visually improved and enhanced through community planting schemes, transforming an area into something more pleasant for Lochgelly residents, as well as supporting local ecology through biodiversity schemes. This specific proposal is for a tree planting scheme in 3 separate areas in Lochgelly; West End Park Timmons Park Public Park View Proposal: Community Planning (pdf) Trees will hopefully be sourced from the Woodland Trust via www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/communitytrees which provides free tree packs; Small (30 saplings), Medium (105 saplings), Large (420 saplings). We have opted too apply for the medium packs (105 saplings) with the theme of ‘Year-round colour’ which provides the following species and amount of saplings; Rowan – 30 saplings Hawthorn – 15 Saplings Hazel – 15 saplings Silver Birch – 15 saplings Dogwood – 15 saplings Wild Cherry – 15 saplings Closing date for applications is the 13th September 2013, and will therefore require a quick consultation with residents to (a) ensure project meets the approval of residents (b) establish a small core group of volunteers to help develop the proposals as they progress. West End Park - Proposal West End – Current View West End – Silver Birch The West End Park holds little plantation, and the majority of plantations are all outwith the park. Introducing trees into the park, will remove the ‘bareness’ of the park, will introduce colour and interesting viewpoints whilst still retaining the open views in the park. The introduction of the trees will encourage smaller birds back into the park and other wildlife such as a variety of insects, including bees to encourage better biodiversity within the park, and better support the local ecology. Trees will also better help absorb dampness issues within the park, allowing for the children play area to be on more stable ground and be less prone to mud. Residents facing south of the park will have the visual impact from wind turbines reduced. Timmons Park - Proposal Timmons Park – Current View Timmons Park – Silver Birch Timmons Park holds no plantation within the park. Introducing trees into the park, will introduce colour and interesting viewpoints whilst still retaining the open views in the park. Benching facilities will be more screened providing limited shelter and more pleasant surroundings. Play park facilities will be partially screened from the homes, but will still retain enough open space for families with direct view of the park to be able to monitor their children at the park. The south western corner will be brightened up and provide a dense safe haven for wildlife, including small birds and insects. The introduction of the trees will encourage smaller birds back into the park and other wildlife such as a variety of insects, including bees to encourage better biodiversity within the park, and better support the local ecology. Public Park - Proposal To form a short term partnership with the Lochgelly Community Council and Councillors to provide saplings to compliment the planting of mature trees to be carried out by the Community Council. The saplings will be prioritised for the West End park and Timmons park, with the remainder of the saplings donated to the Public Park regeneration efforts. Consultation During the consultation period it will be necessary to establish partnerships and support from local community groups, local educational establishments and attempt to establish a formal agreement with Fife Council for the tree planting to go ahead if the application is successful. View Proposal: Community Planting (pdf) Take Survey: Community Planting Consultation If the application is successful, the tree packs will be delivered in November 2013 and the community will have 2 weeks to undertake the planting which it is hoped will be conducted mainly by residents, in partnership with the local educational establishments and Fife Council. It is intended to plant 25-35 saplings in the West End Park, 25-35 saplings in Timmons Park, with the remainder donated to the Public Park regeneration project which is being led by the Lochgelly Community Council and local councillors. If the project is a success and very low cost then we can establish a practical working model to replicate the project throughout Lochgelly to enhance the majority of our public land and other unused spaces to improve our local environment and biodiversity.