Supermarket funding promises big changes for Roding Valley Park
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 February 2016
One of the borough’s “green corridors” is set to receive a makeover, as one of three community environmental projects chosen by Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.
The supermarket chain has teamed up with the Recorder to donate proceeds from plastic bag sales to initiatives in Redbridge and now it’s up to readers to decide who gets the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 grants on offer.
Roding Valley Park surrounds the River Roding and extends north to south in the west of the borough, linking Clayhall and Wanstead.
But recent years have seen some of its facilities fall into disrepair.
The Recorder spoke to nature conservation ranger Helen Lucas about how the grant would allow Vision, the provider of Redbridge’s culture and leisure services, to improve access to the park for residents.
She said: “We want to put up some new ramps to allow easier access to areas of the park.
“Also, the fences are currently dilapidated and that’s not safe, so we want to do something about that and give the area a fresh look.”
Vision also plans to invest some of the money in cultivating wildlife and will be installing bat boxes and stag beetle loggeries in small areas of woodland around the park.
“The borough’s conservation team wants to improve the conservation of wildlife in the area and that’s one way we’re hoping the grant will help us involve the local community,” said Helen.
“Coming down and helping maintain the loggery would be a great way to get people actively supporting the park.”
Roding Valley Park is renowned for the variety of ducks, herons, dragonflies, butterflies and species of flowers which can be found along the banks of the River Roding.
And with additional plans to ensure the river’s water quality is maintained, Helen believes the Bags of Help grant is exactly what the park needs.
“We want to reconnect people with their environment and make it more open for everyone in the community to come and enjoy one of Redbridge’s largest open spaces,” she said.
The other two grants will go to the Forest Farm Peace Garden, profiled last week, and the Friends of Churchfields Park, to be featured next week.
Voting on who will get the top £12,000 prize opens in Tesco stores on February 27 and in that week’s Recorder.
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