Ampthill Great Park Heritage Lottery Fund Project
Landscaping Works Update - August
The successful landscaping contractors have now been selected. There will be two main areas of work beginning in September. The clearance of scrub and regenerative trees from selected areas within the park, predominantly from off the ridge slope and the renovation of both car parks together with the installation of the easy access path running between the central and west car parks.
As the project works progress regular updates will be provided on the Town Council website as well as at both main entrances to the park. As both contracts will be running concurrently there will be some disruption to the park. The work to the central car park will take place first at the beginning of September and this will require the car park to be closed for a number of weeks. The work to the west car park will follow and again will require the closure of the car park for a period of time.
The clearance of scrub and regenerative trees will also start at the beginning of September and will affect access to different sections of the park as the work progresses. Key areas of activity will be at the top of the ridge and to the immediate west of the west car park. The reason for clearing the scrub and regenerative trees is to expose hidden views and vistas that are part of the parks original ‘Capability’ Brown design. The car parks will be upgraded by this work and the new path will improve general access.
The Park and the Hub Café will remain open and in use during the works and matches will continue to be played at Ampthill Town Football Club.
Follow us on the Ampthill Great Park Facebook page and the Ampthill Town Council website. Regular updates will also be made available in the Park Hub Café and town centre notice boards. The Greensand Trust rangers will also be available in the park.
Information panel boards are also on display near the notice board in the West Car Park and on the front veranda of the Hub Café by the Central Car Park.
Landscaping in the Park - November
Good progress is being made with the landscaping in the park and the following work has now been completed:
- Improvements to both car parks including resurfacing of the main car parking areas and driveways, profiled soil mounds and tree planting.
- Easier access heritage path running through the southern shelterbelt between the central and west car parks.
- Reinstatement of the eroded Greensand Ridge footpath.
- Clearance of trees and scrub to expose views and reinstate rare acid grassland habitats.
- New cattle grazing area at the northern end of the lower park connecting the two existing areas in Westminster Field and the lower park.
Thank you for your patience while contractors have been on site carrying out this work. You may have noticed that green barrier fencing has been put up in a number of areas this is to protect the areas where grass seed has been sown. The fencing will need to stay in place until the summer so the grass has a chance to grow.
Work Currently Taking Place
Work is being undertaken on the parks veteran trees to extend their life and keep them in good condition.
New trees are being planted in different areas of the park including in the central car park, Hub and playground area and Westminster Field. New trees are also being planted to fill gaps in some of the veteran tree clumps where trees have been lost in the past.
This historic tree avenue is being renovated with the planting of twenty three new lime trees to fill the gaps where trees have previously been lost. The avenue has a double row of lime trees either side of the footpath and would have led off the main road directly to Park House. Lower branches and suckers have been removed from the outer row of trees facing east over adjacent farmland. These views are part of the original ‘Capability’ Brown landscape.
For any queries regarding the forthcoming works or the Heritage Lottery Project in general please contact Ampthill Town Council.
Gary Quilter, Park Development Manager
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