Venue: Countryside Centre, Hinchingbrooke Countryside Park
Arising from the meeting being inquorate, Members noted the following matters:-
Members were advised that since the Group’s previous meeting both Maggie O’Hare, Café Supervisor and Jackie Elliott, Countryside Centre Assistant had retired.
Members noted that the number of volunteers for the period April to August 2014 was 614, providing 3684 hours of work.
(c) Wider District
Members noted that a range of work had been undertaken in other parts of the District under the Countryside services remit including replacing a section of barbed wire fencing at Wilhorn Meadow and hay cutting at Paxton Pits.
(d) Park Management
It was noted that that the play equipment in the park had been fenced in, a small bridge had been replaced on the southern shore of the lake and the balancing pond at Christie Drive had been planted with over 300 wild flower plugs.
(e) Anglia in Bloom
Members were pleased to note that the Park had won a gold award plus for the best biodiversity project. Not only was this a significant accolade for the District Council but reflected the hard work by staff and volunteers alike.
(f) Countryside Centre
Details of the number of users of the Countryside Centre for the period March to September were presented.
(g) Events and Activities
Members were presented with details of the events over the summer period.
(h) Friends of Hinchingbrooke Country Park
It was reported that the Friends of Hinchingbrooke Country Park had been involved in the Parks 25th Anniversary Garden Party in April and had also contributed to the fence around the play area.