Sunday, August 9, 2020

Biodiversity boom for Boultham Park project with more trees planted

Boultham Park in Lincoln is receiving more trees to replace those being removed as part of a £1.17 million restoration project.

Around 38 trees are being removed as part the restoration project funded by Heritage National Lottery Fund and the City of Lincoln Council.

Removing these trees will let in light, allow bank restoration works and reduce leaf litter, which will improve water quality, habitat options and biodiversity at the historic lake.

“The only trees to be removed will be those needed to make the project successful and we’ll plant more than we take out,” said City of Lincoln Council’s portfolio holder for Remarkable Place, Cllr Bob Bushell.

“The wood from trees that are being removed will not be wasted either. It will be used in habitat and community projects elsewhere in the park.”

Tammy Smalley, Head of Conservation for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The removal of some of the trees on the lakeside will enable greater light penetration and less leaf litter will fall into the lake which will improve water quality and use by wildlife within the water.

“Tree removal in some parts will also allow for the introduction of some key, native, water-loving wildflowers. This will increase biodiversity through floral diversity and also provide greater habitat diversity for water creatures to enjoy.

“The trees planted elsewhere in the park will ensure that there is no net loss in tree provision for wildlife too and dead wood is great for bugs and fungi. Exciting times for Boultham Park.”

The tree work, which will take place during February, is just a small part of a much wider project to improve biodiversity and restore the lake which is also supported by the Boultham Park Advisory Group and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

The project will give more opportunities for people to get involved with the park, create more space for wildlife to flourish and open up natural and cultural heritage to existing and new visitors.

Also featured in the plans is a public art trail which will encourage people to explore the lake area with detailed information on wildlife and how people can help encourage and protect biodiversity along the route.

The 90-year-old public park has already benefitted from a £4.1million project that has restored key heritage features including the bandstand, main gates, a fountain garden and the sundial.

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