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Environmental Strategy

The strategy includes:

  • (i) Planting a new semi-natural woodland of 7,000 native British trees
  • (ii) Creating five open burial glades with mown pathways, access points and rough cover where wildflowers can thrive;
  • (iii) Attracting a wider number of native species back into the area by creating habitats which provide nesting sites, cover for mammals and nectar and food sources for bees, butterflies, moths and insects
  • (iv) Linking our hedge maintenance, spring and autumn grass cutting and other tasks together to form an integrated management plan.

The foundation of our plan is based on creating a new semi-natural woodland of British trees. The Forestry Commission provided a grant for the bulk of this work and valuable advice on the density of planting and the best trees to use. The list below gives an indication of the common names of the main trees and shrubs planted.

  • Alder, Common
  • Crab Apple
  • Field Maple
  • Holly
  • Rowan
  • White Willow
  • Aspen
  • Dogwood, Common
  • Guelder Rose
  • Hornbeam
  • Silver Birch
  • Wild Cherry
  • Bird Cherry
  • Dog Rose
  • Hawthorn
  • Holm Oak
  • Spindle
  • Yew
  • Blackthorn
  • English Oak
  • Hazel
  • Lime, Small-leaved
  • Sweet Chestnut

During the tree planting five large woodland glades were formed in which the burials will take place. These glades will be progressively planted with native wildflowers based on a survey of the grasses and wildflowers already flourishing in our neighbouring woodland. The list below gives a sample list of the common names of the wildflowers from which we will make our selection.

  • Bluebell (native)
  • Clover
  • Foxglove
  • Meadow Buttercup
  • Primrose
  • Rosebay Willowherb
  • Birdsfoot Trefoil
  • Daffodil
  • Green Alkanet
  • Orange Hawkweed
  • Ragged Robin
  • Sorrell
  • Cowslip
  • Fleabane
  • Herb Robert
  • Orchid
  • Red campion
  • Snowdrop
  • Celandine
  • Fritillary
  • Honeysuckle
  • Ox eye daisy
  • White Campion
  • Yellow Rattle

The different parts of the strategy are linked together through a careful maintenance plan aimed at increasing the diversity and intensity of the park’s wildlife.

Our aim is that the above strategy will contribute to the overall environmental health of the area by linking up the existing habitats on the North Lowestoft boundary. From East to West it completes a wildlife corridor that crosses the Denes, the Warren, public playing fields, and disused railway line, Gunton Woodland Burial Park, Gunton Wood, Gunton Meadow Nature Reserve, Foxburow Wood and Corton Wood. This corridor gives wildlife the freedom to move freely to find food and shelter, thus strengthening the biodiversity of the area.