Second phase complete at Grantham’s Hills and Hollows

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Four seats were recently positioned in the Londonthorpe and Harrowby Without Parish Council-owned section of the Hills and Hollows.

Three are bench seats, set to give tremendous views of the town and beyond, while the fourth, a picnic table, is set in the memorial area of the Hollows.

The seats, which give tremendous views of the town and wildlife, were supplied by Ecofurn and funded by money from WREN in March.

WREN managing director Peter Cox said: “Through the Biodiversity Action Fund we’re supporting projects that will enhance, restore and revive some of the UK’s most precious habitats, providing a safe haven for British nature and wildlife.

“The Londonthorpe and Harrowby Parish Council is able to continue to restore and protect this valuable habitat at the Hills and Hollows. The work will have a really positive impact for many species of wildlife as well as the local community.”

Pete Armstrong, clerk to the parish council, added: “We very much appreciate the financial help being given by WREN. This will allow the work to be undertaken a lot quicker than if the monies had to come from the precept and other smaller grants.”

Further funding to cover shortfalls was covered by donations from Grantham Ramblers, Sharon Flaherty and OPAL (Nottingham University).

The third phase is due for completion in early 2013. This involves the installation of information boards at each of the three entrances to the Hollows. The boards will give details of flora you can expect to see within the Hollows. There are 22 rarer plants in the area, including one of the largest groups of the Common Rock Rose in Lincolnshire. In all, 130 different species of plant have been recorded in the area.

The area of the Hills and Hollows is being maintained by a group of volunteers known as ‘The Friends of the Hills and Hollows’. Their next working party is on Sunday at 9.30am, where they will plant more hedging and carry out maintenance work. All are welcome to go along and help.