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Westgate in Bloom

June 16th

Dear All,

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Firstly if you have not yet heard the news we have been lucky enough to be awarded a £10,000 Lottery Grant towards our project.

 

https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2019/06/13/blooming-brilliant-plans-for-westgate-after-10000-lottery-award/

 

The money has set criteria’s and is allocated to certain items like plants, benches/picnic tables, christmas trees and specialist help. This latest publicity has brought us some new volunteers.

 

With recent developments we need to consult TDC grounds team with regards to how we proceed with certain projects which we are in the process of arranging.

 

In the meantime I want to split the projects into different teams and I want to start compiling what projects people want to take on and what time is the most suitable for them to volunteer on this project, so can people put themselves forward for the following floral planting projects:

 

Lymington Recreational Ground New Memorial Garden

 

Lymington Green and Sensory Garden

 

Westgate-on-Sea Train Station

 

Station Road/St Mildreds Rd Planters

 

Sea Road

 

Sea Road Memorial Garden

 

Ad-hoc projects such as seed sowing, watering etc

 

Best time available:

 

Daytime Weekdays

 

Daytime Weekends

 

Evening Weekdays

 

Evening Weekends

 

Next trees being delivered are in October/November from the Woodland Trust.

 

We are also needing someone to donate the use of a Greenhouse to germinate seeds and to grow small plants ready for planting.

 

Once we have TDC approvals we will be able to set dates and times for each of the projects teams to meeting, plan and start work.

 

Thanks for bearing with us.

 

Regards

 

 

Robert Micallef
Vice Chairperson
Westgate-on-Sea Town Council
11 Ethelbert Square
Westgate-on-Sea
Kent CT8 8SR

Telephone 07515 257 298
Website: westgateonsea.gov.uk
Twitter: @WestgateonSeaTC

15th April 2019

Had a great planting session on Friday at Lymington Road with 10 volunteers who worked for 3.5 hours and planted 100 trees and hedgerow plants, which was a huge achievement. We are now working hard to keep them watered daily.

A HUGE thank you to all that volunteered, I know everyone was suffering by the end of the session but the determination to make a difference with a passion was amazing, to TDC for their help with an expert on the day and to the Town Cletk and Cllr Cornford who made time in their weekend do the watering.

Next volunteer day will be a weekend day and will be published soon.

Westgate-on-Sea Town Council Westgate in Bloom

Just a few updates on where we are with Westgate in Bloom.

We got sign off on Friday from TDC to start planting trees beginning with Lymington Road where we will be starting with Cherry Blossom Tress and Crab Apple Trees.

 

We need volunteers to help.

 

The aim is to meet outside the community centre on Friday 12th April at Noon (subject to weather) and all we ask is you come dress appropriately, bring gardening gloves and a spade or trowel, we willbring as many tools the WoSTC can get their hands on.

 

We have asked Dr Crouch for her blessing to start work on building a Memorial Garden around the war memorial built at Lymington Road and this has already been signed off by TDC so if DR Crouch agrees to the layout plan we should be able to start this Friday 12th April as well.

 

Southestern have been working very hard at the station but due to some issues with weather and additional repairs needed have fallen behind with their schedule so we will now be looking at the end of April to plant this area.

 

We are continuing to apply for funding to organisation such as Lottery Find and smaller independent groups plus we continue to reach out to various organisations for donations of plants.

 

We are still getting back the surveys which haven’t changed the percentages as outlined in the previous update and still are getting requests for copies of the Westgate in Bloom packs on a regular basis, with this also being circulated around The Rotary Club members.

 

If you are a member of the W&WRA you will also see an article in the current issue of The Record.

 

Currently the In Your Neighbourhood tour is preliminarily booked for 18th June.

 

We also have an idea to build part(s) of a plane (in recognition of the our connection to the heritage of the town into one of the gardens being built on the Sea Front and if anyone knows of anyone who maybe able to help with a donation of any parts please let me know. The can be as small as propellers to as big as a nose of a plane, off the wall but would be unique to Westgate-on Sea.

 

If you could let me us know if you are available to help on Friday 12th please can you respond to this e-mail.

 

Regards

 

Robert Micallef
Town Councillor
Westgate-on-Sea Town Council
11 Ethelbert Square
Westgate-on-Sea
Kent CT8 8SR

Telephone 07515 257 298
Website: westgateonsea.gov.uk
Twitter: @WestgateonSeaTC

Just a few updates on where we are with Westgate in Bloom.

 

You will have seen from the pictures attached that Southeastern have started the clearing project on the train station they are hoping this will be done by 31st March and new top soil added however date might slip due to the bad weather we are currently having.

 

The Bumblebee Tree Trust have agreed to sponsor the planting of the station with Widlflowers to encourage wildlife and the repopulation of the Shrill Carder Bee, they have some innovative ideas and we will set up a meeting with them for people keen to work on helping plant up the train station as soon as we have a date for works completion, if you want to work on the station with the bumblebee trust please let me know.

 

As you will see from the historical Town Talk attached we have been trying to get Westgate in Bloom going for a long time, so it is good to have started the work, issued a plan and got some survey info back.

 

Based on the Surveys that have come back so far these are some of the stats:

 

On average people are willing to donate 4 hours a month on the project.

 

60% of people would be willing to adopt a space after it is completed.

 

30% of people have gardening experience or are experts, 70% have no experience at all.

 

Six projects have been highlighted as favourites within the scheme:

 

War Memorial Gardens 25%

Heritage Squares 18.75%

Railway Station 18.75%

Sensory Garden 12.5%

Town Centre 12.5%

Sea Front 12.5%

 

I have met with as many people as I can physically do so about the project sadly a lot of negativity and a huge lack of volunteering of time to take part.

 

On the projects above the War Memorial Gardens and the Heritage Squares have had the most interest, due to the nature of these we will have to run a public consultation on any improvements to them, in reality this will take a year to complete and hence they are scheduled for towards the end of the initial three year plan.

 

These will also be dependent on the new council elected on 2nd May being on board with Westgate in Bloom plan, those asking if I will be one of those potential new councillors at this stage it is unlikely but I have full faith in the Town Clerk Gill Gray driving the project forward within the new council.

 

The Sensory Garden is high on the list but I need to find a sponsor to be fund this project and am in the process of applying for grants and looking for private sponsors.

 

I am meeting with the Rotary Club on Friday who want to be involved and will hopefully add some much needed volunteers.

 

I will update further on news as we have it but I am positive that we have made a great start to the project and will be in the soil very soon, just bear with me as this project is taking a lot of planning and needs input from many different sources to bring to fruition.

 

Also apologies to anyone who has sent me direct e-mails and I have not responded to directly as yet, I will do so shortly.

 

Regards

 

 

 

Robert Micallef
Town Councillor
Westgate-on-Sea Town Council
11 Ethelbert Square
Westgate-on-Sea
Kent CT8 8SR

Telephone 07515 257 298
Website: westgateonsea.gov.uk
Twitter: @WestgateonSeaTC

 

Westgate in Bloom is a plan that will touch every area of Westgate on Sea and our hope is to inspire all generations of gardeners, with experience and without.

The plans are ambitious and some projects will take longer than others, but the hope is that we will leave a lasting legacy for future generations to come.

You will see from these initial plans that we aim to cover everything in some form, including gardening at home, helping the environment, encouraging wildlife, planting of trees, restoring heritage, enhancing memorial gardens and areas specifically for the disabled & elderly.

Throughout this project we will have help, support and advice from experts including South & South East in Bloom which we will enter every year starting from 2019.

Westgate in Bloom 1st Meeting