King’s Lynn land given a makeover for wildlife

Kettlewell Lane Area, King's Lynn, which has been cleared and is now being replanted, along with a general brightening  up of the area. ANL-150215-170938009

Kettlewell Lane Area, King's Lynn, which has been cleared and is now being replanted, along with a general brightening up of the area. ANL-150215-170938009

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Families rolled up their sleeves in a bid to help their local wildlife thrive when a bird and bat box building workshop was held in Lynn.

The event was the second of three organised by West Norfolk Council and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust since volunteers finished clearing Kettlewell Lane of rubbish and overgrown brambles in 
January.

The events are aimed at teaching families about their local environment while helping to give the former wasteland a new beginning.

The first family day last month saw people plant fruit and nut trees to encourage wildlife to the site, and at the latest event on Sunday a total of 23 people helped build bird and bat boxes and bug hotels which will go up as soon as the area is ready to welcome its new wildlife residents.

The third and final family day being held at Kettlewell Lane on Sunday, March 22, will invite people to go and sow wildflower seeds.

Councillor David Pope, the council’s cabinet member for ICT, leisure and public space, said: “Thanks to the 
brilliant efforts of so many local people, the hard work of clearing the site of brambles is done.

“Now it’s time to get involved in the fun part by helping to plant trees and sow seeds which will bring a welcome splash of colour this summer.

“It’s a great way for families to get involved in brightening up this area and to contribute to the town’s ‘in bloom’ efforts.”

A free buffet lunch will once again be provided at the end of the final session next month for any families 
registering in advance to help out.

The session starts at 10.30am and finishes at 1pm. Participants are asked to meet in the newly cleared area at the end of Kettlewell Lane, off the A148 Gaywood Road,
opposite the Hob in the Well pub.

Tools and equipment are provided and no experience is necessary. Parking is available nearby.

To register, email: sarah.moore@west-norfolk.gov.uk or call 01553 782079.