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Pupils from Bewdley Primary School swapped their pens for spades to help their local park friends group plant a new hedgerow.

The group of nine and 10 year olds helped volunteers from the Friends of Riverside North Park (FoRNP) plant a native hedgerow as part of a series of improvements being undertaken in partnership with Wyre Forest District Council.

The hawthorn, hazel, Guelder rose, field maple and blackthorn plants will help attract more birds and wildlife to the picturesque park which runs along the northern side of the River Severn.Riverside North Park Group Cheer Web (1)

Chairman of FoRNP Mac Chamberlain said: “The new native hedgerow is just one of the many improvements we have planned. By working closely with the council we have already improved drainage and cleared up the river bank.

“Our next big challenge is to breathe new life into the pond on the edge of the park. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust has carried out a survey which has highlighted and given guidance on future plans. The pond desperately needs work to ensure its future viability.”

The small, but enthusiastic, group of volunteers is hoping to attract more supporters – they meet on the second Wednesday of every month at The Guildhall in Bewdley at 7pm - although their next meeting will not until Wednesday 8th February 2017. They have both a Facebook page and a website - Friends of Riverside North Park.

Cabinet member for Operational Services, which includes responsibility for the district’s parks and open spaces, Councillor Rebecca Vale said: “This is a great example of how we are working closely with the local community to improve facilities for everyone.

“We are very lucky in Wyre Forest to have so many thriving Friends groups who work tirelessly to ensure our parks and open spaces continue to provide great places for people of all ages to enjoy for many years to come.”

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