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Friends of Grain Coastal Park (Report filed to Parish Council June 2022)
Another interesting year for ‘Friends’
VANDALISM ON PARK PROPERTY
As those that follow on our web site will know we have had a year where vandalism continues apace:We have lost 1 of our bins which was thrown into the sea: 3 have had to be repaired, 2 no longer have lids and the other is under constant attack. In one weekend it had to be repaired 3 times.
Various picnic benches have also been damaged by BBQs being placed on them and we lost the bench on top of the fort to a fire set by local vandals – someone thought the PC had lit the beacon!
NEW TREES PLANTED
We applied for and received 131 trees to plant across the Coastal Park. We gave the school 30 to place around their sports field and many of the remaining 101 have been put in soil to bring on for another year. Others have been secreted around the area following a spate of tree cutting and felling by local youth – yet more distressing vandalism.
We continue to maintain the grassed areas with the services of Phil and John and once again Environment Agency did a clean sweep prior to our ‘No Mow’ policy from May to October. Phil and John will maintain paths only during this time.
COMMUNITY DAY SUCCESS
We held a Community Day with a local company in October 2021 and it was a great day for all. Bird boxes were supplied, we put them together, decorated them and they are now on display around the area – see if you can spot them! We painted the blocks in pavilion car park with some amazing artwork created on them. Two of our benches were refurbished in the time we had.
LITTER PICKING CONTINUES
We held a Community litter pick in April this year and thanks go to the Silver Milers (Walking Group) for turning up in number to pick a very large area. There was only one volunteer at the pavilion but the whole field was litter picked by the end of the 2 hours. Although, sadly, by the next morning you would wonder if it had been done.
We continue to litter pick, Fred continues to empty bins and we thank all who take time out when walking to pick up rubbish and put it in bins. It has to be said, that much of the litter could be taken home and recycled. The amount of food waste has been commented on as many bins get visited by cats, foxes and the like and need another litter pick the next day. We continue to pick up BBQs that the notices state clearly are not permitted. Cut hands when removing these are not appreciated.
HELP US BY REPORTING INCIDENTS
Fred spends a lot of time maintaining our woodland and open spaces, is very resourceful and the results are very pleasing but we all feel disappointed and disillusioned when the areas are vandalised; churned up by the motor bike riders and spoiled by those who can’t comply with a sign. We will continue to keep the Coastal Park and others areas looking their best and would appreciate your support in reporting instances that you feel a police presence warrants.
Our thanks to Kate Booker who maintains and updates our web site
We do this all as volunteers on your behalf – much is mentioned on Social Media about how good it looks.
Enjoy the area, keep it clean and keep safe.
MOWING AND CAR PARK WORKS - UPDATE FROM FRED BUTCHER, 2ND APRIL
Thanks to Phil and the guys from Environment Agency for the first big cut of the year. An exceedingly cold and damp morning well spent. You may have noticed that there is work going on at the Pavilion Car Park in Pintail Close. The Parish Council is adding a lower level additional barrier so that this car park can revert back to users of Pavilion only. It will be locked to unauthorised motor vehicles. Works will also soon take place at Church Beach Car Park at the end of the High Street. These works are a reaction to the impact of anti-social behaviour of a few that have caused major issues for both Parish Council and the Friends of Grain Coastal Park as well as affecting residents, neighbours and visitors who come to enjoy our area. We do hope you understand. We are in contact with both Medway Council and the Police to assist us with further suggestions and help towards making our area safer.
JOIN US FOR THE NEXT COMMUNITY LITTER PICK
WEDNESDAY 6TH APRIL 2022 10AM - 12 NOON
We look forward to seeing as many people as possible there. After the event, send us your pictures and we can post some of them here.
EFFECTS OF STORMS FEBRUARY 2022
If you go down to the woods to day – BEWARE!
Due to the high winds recently we have lost a few trees and some are still creating concern.
We are thankful that we have received no reports of injury or damage and are looking forward to receiving our new trees to replace those lost.
Fred and the crew will be about clearing once the weather is more settled.
A major litter pick is also envisaged - WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DATES SOON.
NEW TREES FOR GRAIN COASTAL PARK,Fred B, Chairman. JAN 2022
Fred Butcher, Chair of Friends of GRain Coastal Park (F.o.G.C.P), has announced that the FoGCP (in partnership with St James, Isle of Grain, Parish Council) recently submitted an application to The Woodland Trust and have been successful in securing 131 trees which will arrive in March ready for planting.
Unfortunately, a previous attempt to plant trees in public areas resulted in them disappearing overnight. This time, it is planned to plant the trees in various areas where they will not be disturbed and not be so vulnerable to vandalism.
The Friends of Grain Coastal Park will use many of the new trees to infill those lost through age, vandalism and damage by weather. Some will also be offered to our local school for planting within their boundary. The trees will be planted by FOCGP members and youngsters from the Isle of Grain community on an activity day – date to be agreed in Spring 2022
WATCH OUT FOR FURTHER DETAILS TO BE CONFIRMED SOON