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Opening of the Lozenge.
The ‘Lozenge’ a new Nature Area in
Brightlingsea was opened on Monday 5th May at 1pm by the
television presenter Roger Tabor.
The site located in Lower Park Road is owned by
Brightlingsea Town Council and has been transformed from
a once neglected and overgrown piece of land into an
area to be used and enjoyed by all sections of the
community as well as visitors to the town.
Part of the project is to encourage schools and other
youth groups participation with educational field trips
to encourage children to discover, enjoy and respect
nature which will hopefully provide them with an
interest for life.
To help introduce this scheme a wild flower planting day
was held on Saturday 26th April, when local young people
from , Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts,
Woocraft Folk and their families had an enjoyable time
planting a wide variety of wild flowers.
Future management of the area will be carried out by the
Town Council and it is hoped this will encourage further
species to inhabit the area and provide an ever changing
place to visit and enjoy.
Funding for the project was obtained by The Community
Reach Partnership from the East of England Development
Agency, Quality of Place Fund and Brightlingsea Town
The Project is
essentially an environmental and educational one that
also supports the practical needs of older people living
around the area. The project turns a 5 acre site, known
as “The Lozenge”, which is currently
inaccessible and transforms it into an area that can be
enjoyed by young and old alike whilst at the same time
helping to safeguard it from potential backland
development. It will become a green oasis and will be
designed to allow wildlife to thrive and be enjoyed by
the community. The area is very close to both
Brightlingsea Infants and Junior School and governors at
both schools have already expressed excitement at the
possibility of such a unique facility for field trips so
close to their schools. The land is owned by
Brightlingsea Town Council which has offered its support
and will maintain the land once “The Lozenge” is brought
fully to life.
The project is well under way and
requires landscaping of the area, the provision of
seating and litter bins, the creation of new paths made
from sustainable materials, extensive planting of
hedging and semi mature trees and the provision of
interpretive boards and promotional material. It fits
closely with the Partnership’s action plan which
includes the support of services and facilities for
older people; since it is very near a sheltered housing
development. It also aligns with findings found within
the Community Health check in respect of the community’s
attitude to their environment;
The town takes great pride in their environment and
there is little signs of litter, debris or graffiti to
be seen. The Town has won many awards in Anglia and
Britain in Bloom and is supported by the Town Council,
Schools, businesses and volunteers. Brightlingsea Marsh
and Saltings are sites with the classification of ‘Site
of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI) and most of the
coastline between Alresford Creek and Colne Point,
including Flag Creek are also conservation areas.” Being
adjacent to the SSSI this site would allow for an
educational as well as a recreational bridge for those
volunteers interested in enhancing the town’s floral
displays and town centre appearance.