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Work almost completed on landscaping of green space in Lichfield

Lichfield residents are set to benefit from a newly landscaped area which offers impressive views of the city’s Cathedral.

The new landscaping

The new landscaping

Fradley-based firm Beautiful Gardens have almost completed the work at Stowecroft, which has included moving 150 tons of soil, 30 oak logs and 60 sandstone boulders.

The site will remain closed to the public while grass seed germinates on the soon-to-be grassy mounds but is set to be officially opened in May.

The area, located just off Netherstowe, was purported to have been a tip in the 1950s and, since then, has been levelled and left as an open grassy area.

Simon Roberts, managing director of Beautiful Gardens, said: “The area has been transformed from a flat and uninteresting space to one of inspiration and reflection to be enjoyed by people of all ages. All the materials were sourced locally and will last for many generations.

“The 13 semi-mature trees planted through the area include, Beech, Horse Chestnut, Silver Birch and Scots Pines and also offer a lasting legacy.

“Come the spring adults will be able to relax and take in the impressive views of the Cathedral while younger people can use it as an interesting mini assault course.”

The improvements have been designed to sit next to colourful wooden tree trunks which have been painted by local young people as part of a Lichfield District Council project.

Hayley Sheldon, Secretary of the North Lichfield Initiative which funded the initiative using a development grant, said: “We‘re really pleased with the way the area has been transformed.

“We think it will encourage more people to cycle and walk into Lichfield and the design will enable children to follow an interesting trail as they travel into school or into the city centre.”

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  1. Rich Spencer

    28th March, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Last Time I checked, the road is called Stowe Croft. I’m wondering just how much has been spent by the council in order to furnish us with muddy logs and boulders. Not to sound cynical for the sake of it, but they don’t have a very good record with economising for stones. Please can they remember to leave some bins in situ this time as well?

  2. Cynic

    29th March, 2012 at 1:05 am

    I seem to recall they planted trees here not long ago.
    Can some one remind me how long before they were destroyed I think it was circa 24 hours!

  3. Cynic

    29th March, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I was taught that when money is in short supply you “prioritized” what you spend it on.
    You do not buy/install luxury items while old people,children do with out.
    Lichfield must have perfect schools and care for the disabled/aged to waste so much on this site.
    Today I went to look at the above site.The trees do look nice and are more mature than the previous attempt.
    They will certainly last a lot longer – mainly because of the security fence!Without the fence – 48hrs instead of 24hrs!
    Is this fence to ensure the project is still there on opening day?Remove the fence and see what happens.
    The site looks ,to me, akin to a country lane fly tip.With abandoned tree cuttings and garden rubble.
    How much extra will it cost to maintain or have you not considered that?How many hours did council staff book against this project – you know the person on a high wage deciding at what angle a chunk of wood should be?
    Those of you that complain about high tax’s – go and look at this latest waste of tax.If you do like it – don’t complain about the cost to fill up your car or the price of hot food.

    There can certainly not be anyone locally that gets the excuse from the council – no money – when we have an abundance to waste on this latest fiasco.

    If the council do bother to reply what’s the betting they say “not us gov its the other lot!”