Forthcoming Works to Old Poppy Close Play Area & Future Plans for the Area

Notice is hereby given that from the week commencing Monday 25th July 2022, initial works are to be carried out to the area of land that was formerly known as Poppy Close Play Area. The location specified links Thistle Way, Poppy Close and Wild Orchid Way by means of paths.This area has been redundant for several years becoming heavily overgrown with vegetation, weeds, and moss where the metal fencing and surfacing also requires attention.It was proposed and agreed by SPC to carry out the removal and disposal of existing surfacing and perimeter metal fencing and gates. There will be a supply and implementation of topsoil back to existing ground levels to allow planting or seeding.

Letters were sent to residents who reside in close vicinity of the old Poppy Close Play Area to gain their feedback on future use of the land. If you received a letter, please do contact the Parish Office by confirming your preference of proposal by email to enquiry@southwater-pc.gov.uk , telephone on 01403 733202, or in writing to Southwater Parish Council, Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater RH13 9LA (For attention of Parish Office Staff).

If you did not receive a letter but would like to share your feedback, please see below 2 proposals:

Proposal 1: Allow the area to develop on its own as a low-cost way to naturalize the site. Base of compost and topsoil with mulch added on top of that. A native selection of seeds of plants will be added to outcompete nettles.

Proposal 2: As above, with native trees to be planted in pots which would give some structure and would raise the growing area by a few feet giving them increased access to light. Further improvements to be implemented to the area to increase the aesthetic appeal with either pea shingle and/or white ornamental stone laid around the surface of the pots. A path could be added running through the area, covered with pebbles, (pea shingle topped with brighter white stone) or wood chip. several circular stopping points could be added for people to use to investigate nature/the re-naturalization of the area. These one-meter circles would also act as passing places for people walking in different directions. With the path being such a focal point, pots can be scattered about, filled with flowers, vines, shrubs or trees and topped with white stone or wood chip. Recommended ornamental native trees outside of the free trees available through the Woodland Trust, depending on the package of free trees we chose, would be blackthorn, bird cherry, dogwood, elder, guelder rose, hazel, holly, lime, maple, rowan, spindle and wild service trees.

Please do share your feedback by email to enquiry@southwater-pc.gov.uk , telephone on 01403 733202, or in writing to Southwater Parish Council, Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road, Southwater RH13 9LA (For attention of Parish Office Staff).

Thank you.

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