HUGE progress was made on a ‘day of action’ last Wednesday as part of the project to restore Keresley Jubilee Wood to its former glory.
Grass was cut along the footpath and in the orchard and two new benches were installed, taking the total to three.
One of the benches is by entrance for those not able to walk around the whole wood but wanting to visit, and another on the far side provides a great spot to watch the sun set.
Litter picking was also carried out in the wood and along Watery Lane with new ‘No Litter, No Fouling’ signs.
Recently, plaques and signs have been reinstalled by the Coventry Park Rangers, replacing one which had become rotten and blown down and another for a tree planted by Keresley Parish Council in 2016 to commemorate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The latter plaque had been vandalised and stolen, later recovered during a litter pick.
Coun Matthew Dille thanked everyone involved in the day of action, including volunteers, Bablake and Holbrook ward councillors and representatives from the Change Grow Live – Coventry charity.
“I am particularly grateful for the support Coventry Park Rangers has provided.
“Without them, these events would have not been possible, as they have provided all of the tools, guidance and PPE and kept us entertained during the hard work.
“There is only three in their team and they have the whole city to cover.”
Back in January, a vision to rejuvenate Keresley Jubilee Wood in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was set out.
“With the dedication of many local volunteers, local charities, local politicians, the
President Kennedy School and 13th Coventry Scout Group, I think we have achieved that over the last five months.
“However, we mustn’t stop here, there is always more to be done and we need continued support for Keresley Jubilee Wood.”
Coun Dille urged local people to visit and enjoy Keresley Jubilee Wood and all it has to offer.
A new Keresley Parish Council website – keresley-pc.gov.uk – is set to be launched on Saturday, June 25.
There are currently two vacancies on the parish council which would provide great opportunities for make a real difference to Keresley.