Blaby’s Bouskell Park given new lease of life

Victorian Ice House, Bouskell Park

Victorian Ice House, Bouskell Park

Volunteer rangers have been busy at Blaby’s Bouskell Park helping to improve the green space and give it a new lease of life.

Since September 2013 the group of dedicated conservation volunteers, who range from 17 to 70 years old, have been hedge laying and clearing the pond area with the aim of generating new growth and creating a better wildlife habitat.

James Poynton, Green Space Engagement Officer at Blaby District Council, said:

“Most of the volunteers have not had any experience in laying hedges, but this didn’t deter them and they were willing to learn new skills.

“The work has opened up a forgotten and well hidden corner of the park, and we have had comments from residents who have said they had never seen the pond before we cleared the area.”

The volunteers also do regular litter picking in the park and check for fallen branches on the pathways to ensure it is a safe and pleasurable place for the public to visit.

They have been trained to use strimmers to keep the grass around signposts, bins, benches and paths at bay, and the Council has also trained some of the rangers to use a wood chipper so brash from the hedge laying can be recycled and used as wood chippings on the paths.

Interested in becoming a volunteer ranger?
For more information email james.poynton@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7704.

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