A RINGWOOD car park has been given a spruce up thanks to community groups in the town.

More than 50 people came together to infill gaps in the hedge around Ringwood Car Park.

Organised by Ringwood Actions for Climate Emergency (RACE), the event this month involved the planting of mixed hedging to the north of the short stay and in the middle of long stay areas of the car park.

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Colin Andrews, member of the RACE Trees team added: “The hedge will not only improve the look of the car park and give it a slightly more rural feel, but it will also help with pollution and climate change. Just as importantly, it will provide food for insects and homes for a variety of birds and as a result we hope to see greater biodiversity in the area.”

With the support of New Forest District Council, members of RACE together with Ringwood Carnival, Ringwood Men’s Shed, Rotary Club of Ringwood and Ringwood Benefice planted more than 560 saplings, including green and copper beech, hornbeam, yew and alder buckthorn.

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Ben Salsbury, the chair of Ringwood Carnival, said: “The idea to improve the hedge was floated almost 12 months ago but had to be timed to coincide with the winter planting season. We loved being involved, it was a great atmosphere on a sunny Sunday. We hope to get involved in more plantings like this across Ringwood in the future.”

The whole planting was enabled by sponsorship from Abacus vehicle hire who have pledged £1,000 a month towards tree planting and nurturing in the Ringwood area.

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Home energy discussion 

RACE, a registered a charity, is holding a home energy use panel discussion on Thursday February 24.

A panel of local speakers will share their experiences and will also be able to answer any questions and queries on topics such as ground source heat pumps, solar panels, battery storage, thermal imaging, community energy, energy efficiency and insulation.

There will also be an opportunity to sign up to have a thermal image taken of your house to show where you might be losing heat.

The discussion will take place at the Trinity Church Hall, off Christchurch Road, with parking accessed via the Quomp.

Tickets are £3 each. Email Ringwoodraceagainsttime@gmail.com or visit: racegainsttime.org.uk

Visit: raceagainsttime.org.uk


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