‘I hope more people get involved’ - Volunteers make car park beautiful with charity help

PUBLISHED: 11:31 18 September 2020 | UPDATED: 11:31 18 September 2020

The Garden Angels helping to give Melbourne Road car park a revamp. PHOTO: Claire Taylor-Haigh

The Garden Angels helping to give Melbourne Road car park a revamp. PHOTO: Claire Taylor-Haigh


A group of volunteers have been giving a coastal car park a revamp to help the local environment.

Wendy Brooks has been keeping an eye on the Melbourne Road car park in Lowestoft for the past twelve years by planting flowers and shrubs, tidying up the various beds where rubbish and plants grow and notifying Norse when fly tipping occurs.

But now, her and other residents have received support from the Garden Angels to help spruce the car park up.

Mrs Brooks explained the importance of looking after green spaces in the town of Lowestoft to help overall with the ecological and climate emergency.

She said: “With East Suffolk Council recognising that we have a climate emergency and the need to create habitats for wildlife I decided to approach both Norse and James Mallinder from the council, to ask if I could get a group of neighbours together and we would manage the car park and put in some new planting with a focus on wildflowers and native shrubs. Both were supportive.

“Then lockdown happened. I had decided that we needed some help with the initial digging and approached an organisation Garden Angels, the community gardeners that volunteer under the umbrella of Women Like Me.

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“Claire Henwood, visited the car park and told me she would like to work with me and some of the community. The cost, which is to their charity, would be £100 and she believed the initial digging could be completed in a day.”

The long-term ambition is to make the site a visually pleasing environment and a hub for different types of wildlife.

Annual assistance will also be given from Norse to the selected group of neighbours who will be responsible for the car park.

Keith Patience, East Suffolk councillor, approved the work carried out at the car park.

He said: “I was happy to receive the request for funding for the clean up of the car park.

“I hope that more people who want to do similar things will get in touch with their county and district councillors.”

Work continued on Friday with one Garden Angel involved and five neighbours who will all be abiding by the current rule of six.

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