Peter and I went for our first socially-distanced walk around Tressell ward since before Christmas this week. At the top and bottom of Farley bank there are areas where wildflower seeds could easily be planted. A circular bare space at the top, in the middle of a mini-parklet with benches (mostly concrete but with a circular area of earth in the middle). At the bottom there is this little parklet area near to the children’s playground with several large planters. These currently have weeds and a bit of litter in, but that could easily be cleaned out and wildflower seeds planted. I am going to look into it because now is a good time to get some seeds down so the bees have some food! Peter says Optivo are responsible for these areas but are unlikely to do anything to them. The area at the bottom had some broken benches and fencing as well which is a shame as it looks like a lot of love went into creating it originally with the mural on the wall and the mosaic work on the planters (the photo is of this area – I forgot to take my mask off for the photo!) It would be good to find out local people’s thoughts on these areas and to see if people would be interested in planting/would like to see wildflowers there. At the moment though we can’t knock on doors or send out leaflets to canvas opinion on such matters, but this is something I would be interested in doing if I am elected in May. As Peter mentions in his blog, the mixed land ownership in the area makes coordination on such matters tricky but it seems like there are a few areas where improvements could be made to the natural environment in the grassy and planted areas that surround the estate.
Promoted by Alexandra Roark of the Hastings and Rye Constituency Labour Party, both at 84 Bohemia Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6RN