Blooming brilliant plans for Westgate after £10,000 Lottery award

Volunteers dig in to make Westgate beautiful

Westgate Town Council will carry out a ‘beautification’ project after being awarded a £10,000 Lottery grant.

The town council’s In Bloom scheme will use the cash to create a haven of nature and wildlife spots in Westgate.

This will include planting new trees, flowerbeds, eat and grow gardens, wildlife areas plus raised beds for easy planting by older residents. There will also be new seating around the town for residents to be able to take in the views of the blue flag beaches and historic landmarks.

The aim is to create a legacy for future generations and bring together people of all generations, backgrounds and abilities to work on the project

Cllr Robert Micallef Vice Chairperson, from Westgate-on-Sea Town Council, said:  “Thanks to National Lottery players we are able to start work on creating this long-lasting legacy for our historic town.

“This money will give a great start to our In Bloom initiative leading to the beautification and revitalisation of our town, bring people of all ages and backgrounds to work together in creating beauty across Westgate-on-Sea and in turn bring much needed footfall and support to our local businesses.

We could not achieve this without the support of those that play the National Lottery.”

How the community centre sensory garden could look

Westgate on Sea Town Council previously announced its biggest green space regeneration plan ever earlier in the year, The plan, which includes a sensory garden, is being co-ordinated by Town Clerk Gill Gray and Cllr Micallef and will take approximately three years to complete.

So far 150 trees and hedgerow plants, sponsored by OVO Energy, have been planted.

On  July 12, The Bumblebee Conservation Trust – which has taken on the sponsorship of Westgate railway station – will launch the first planting at the station.

This will include wildlife attracting plants, herbs and the launch of an eat and grow garden. The Trust has also donated Meadow and Poppy seeds to the be planted across the town.

The bulk of the project will be completed using donations of plants, financial grants and  local volunteers.

To get involved pick up a project pack from the Town Council offices or e-mail [email protected] for a copy of the Westgate in Bloom Presentation.