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Hedges axed to open public gardens to visitors
8:30am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
HEDGES around a seafront garden in Clacton are being chopped down in order to open it up to the public.
Work is underway to make Anglefield Gardens more accessible to residents and visitors.
It comes after a similar scheme proved popular at the gardens opposite Clacton Railway Station.
Tendring Council’s horticultural services team has been joined by convicted criminals carrying out unpaid work as part of their community service.
Stephen Mayzes, cabinet member for tourism, said that it had been tried at both the Station Gardens and along the seafront gardens in Marine Parade West.
“We have received a large number of positive comments about the improvements at both sites and it is now being extended to Anglefield Gardens,” he said.
“It is all part of plans to promote our offer to residents and visitors alike.
“It gives the individuals with Essex Probation the opportunity to put something back into their community and it helps to get the work carried out sooner than it would have been.”
Pete Mangan, lead probation director for Community Payback, said it provided 900 workers every week to carry out community work across the county.