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New wet woodland takes root next to Northgate End multi-storey car park in Bishop's Stortford town centre




Volunteers dug deep to plant trees and shrubs in a new wildlife haven on the edge of Bishop's Stortford town centre.

The green-fingered recruits on Monday were helping to create a wet woodland at Northgate End – next to the multi-storey car park construction site – where part of the River Stort has been deculverted as part of the wider Old River Lane (ORL) redevelopment by East Herts Council (EHC).

Cllr David Snowdon, a Bishop's Stortford Meads member of EHC, and Cllr Eric Buckmaster, the authority's executive member for wellbeing, joined individuals and community group members to make their mark on the new landscape.

Volunteers – including former Bishop's Stortford councillor Colin Woodward – planting shrubs on the site. Pic: Vikki Lince (47521582)
Volunteers – including former Bishop's Stortford councillor Colin Woodward – planting shrubs on the site. Pic: Vikki Lince (47521582)

Cllr Snowdon, who planted willow and birch trees, said: "The tree planting in Castle Park is part of the exciting plans for an improved environment within the park.

"Enhancing the wetland environment and planting wildflower seeds along the riverbank will help to improve the ecosystem within our town centre. A big thanks goes out to everyone who volunteered to help."

The new saplings and bushes are taking root next to the site of the council's new 546-space, six-level, multi-storey car park and a four-storey building with commercial use on the ground floor and 15 flats above. It is part of wider plans to create the Old River Lane cultural quarter incorporating a £15.5m arts centre, shops, restaurants, offices and new homes.



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