Community Tree Planting at Lace Hill

 

An impressive 20 volunteers from the local community came along to the Town Council’s Tree Planting Day on Sunday February 2019 at Lace Hill Football Pitches. Volunteers included Buckingham Rotary Club, Buckingham’s Tree Wardens and Town Council staff and Councillors. With plenty of people turning up to lend a hand and lighten the workload, it was a successful and cheerful day of planting.

Volunteers helped to plant 280 saplings to improve the appearance of this green space Volunteers gathered together after planting trees at Lace Hill on a sunny dayand slow the wind down through a mosaic of predominantly broadleaved trees. The saplings were secured from Cole’s Nurseries through generous donation from Buckingham’s Rotary Club to create a native shelterbelt around the pitch and will help to improve biodiversity in the area.

Councillor Margaret Gateley, who also joined in the event, said “It was great to work alongside various community groups on a glorious sunny morning. I look forward to going back in a few months to see how the trees are coming along. Our Estates Team will be keeping an expert eye on them in the meantime.”

 

Parks & Green Spaces

Parks & Green Spaces Allotments TAC & Tree Wardens Green Spaces Map

Buckingham has an abundance of green spaces including the following:

Chandos Park
Within easy walking distance of the town centre, Chandos Park has a multi-use games area (MUGA), a children’s playground, tennis and bowls clubs and provides the ideal setting for a picnic overlooking the River Great Ouse.

Bourton Park (and Stratford Fields)
A large recreational area with footpaths, playgrounds, a MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area), picnic sites, special dog exercising areas and a Trim Trail, which is a mile long exercise circuit around the park. The Council has recently carried out a survey as part of the process in writing a Management Plan for Bourton Park. The Council wanted to understand how and what the community values in Bourton Park and what peoples’ suggestions were for the future of the popular greenspace. The consultation was created online and advertised for three weeks via social media. A link to the summary report can be found here.

Ken Tagg Play Area
A newly refurbished small play area on Meadway with swings and other play equipment.

Otters Brook Play Area
This area has been recently re-developed and has a zip wire, swings and other play equipment with some open space.

River Great Ouse
The River Great Ouse attractively winds its way through the centre of Buckingham and is flagged by plenty of green spaces, including Chandos Park, Heartlands, Stratford Fields and Bourton Park.

Buckingham Canal
The Buckingham Arm of the Grand Junction Canal was opened in 1801, though competition from the railway and silt build up meant it was disused from 1931 before finally closing down in the 1960s. However, there is still evidence of it, and it is now being restored by the Buckingham Canal Society, including the Bourton arm near to the town centre.

Railway Walk
The Railway Walk is a section of disused trackbed that has had the station and track removed, with a path laid down its length. The walk is between the A421 southern bypass and the Tingewick Road in Buckingham, covering a distance of 1.36km. It can be joined from either of these roads, or from Chandos Road.

Circular Walk
You could also follow the circular walk from the park around the town perimeter, taking in the University, Chandos Park, the River Great Ouse and the site of the old railway. It is a leisurely walk, which is clearly way marked and includes alternative routes.

Allotments

The Town Council works with the Bourton Road Allotment Holders Society to fulfil its duty to provide allotments for the Town. Bourton Road Allotment Holders Society manages the allotment site on Bourton Road (MK18 1GP).

If you wish to enquire about having an allotment please email us at office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

The Town Council is actively investigating a further allotment site to be constructed under the Buckingham Neighbourhood Development Plan and situated off the A421.

Town Action Commission – Trees, Hedgerows and Green Spaces

Recently, Buckingham Town Council formed a Town Action Commission to look at ways to protect, create and enhance trees, hedgerows and green spaces in the town. As an output, an action plan was formulated which will be overseen by the Environment Committee. The action plan includes a number of short term, as well as long term actions that will help with this agenda. The action plan can be viewed here along with the full report here.

If you would like to get involved by volunteering as a tree warden, or joining a conservation group, please email: office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or contact Cllr. Ruth Newell via the Town Council Office on 01280 816 426.

Tree Wardens

Are you interested in becoming a tree warden?

Tree wardens are volunteers who gather information about their local trees, get involved in tree matters and encourage local practical projects related to trees and woods.

Please see our information leaflet for more information, or to sign up please email: office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or contact Cllr. Newell via the Town Council office on 01280 816 426.

 Information leaflet