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New bid to brighten up town’s estates

By Jo Deeks on Thursday, 24th January 2002.

Hundreds of free spring bulb packs are being handed out tomorrow in a bid to brighten up estates in Haverhill.

Residents cap pick up their free bulbs when they get their fish and chips on the Clements and Chalkstone estates.

Representatives of the Wildlife on Your Doorstep group will be handing out the packs outside chippies on the Clements estate from 4:30 pm to 5:50 pm and on the Chalkstone Estate from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

This is an introduction of the next phase of the Living Spaces garden development and artwork project on the Clements Estate, aimed at helping residents develop new garden and open spaces.

Grants totalling £18,663 have been awarded to continue to the work which was started last year.

So far, a wildlife garden has been made at the front of Clements Primary School and a series of mosaics and cast concrete slabs have been made by young people/

This year it is hoped to work with adult residents to produce several large mosaics and some sculptures.

Although the work will take place on the Clements Estate, the invitation to join in activities is not confined to its residents only.

Rosemary Dix, of the Wildlife on Your Doorstep team, said the free bulbs were a way of meeting people and hopefully getting them involved in future work.

“It will brighten up the place, but we also want to give people more ideas about how to encourage wildlife and create a wildlife friendly features in their gardens,” said Miss Dix.

“A lot of people on the Clements Estate have new gardens and there are also things that people with established gardens can do.”

Anyone wishing to learn new skills or broaden existing ones is welcome to attend meetings and workshops, starting in March.

Members of Arts 604 and Wildlife on Your Doorstep, who jointly run the project, are working on a programme of activities. Anyone interested should contact Sara Winning on (01284) 749152 or (01440) 788201.

Haverhill Weekly News

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