Spring starts at Jubilee Park

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Community-minded villagers started their annual ‘spring clean’ this week at Jubilee Park in Fangfoss.

The first job that always needs doing and heralds the beginning of spring is the redoing of the Willow tree shelters.

Originally planted in 2003, the willow forming the shelters grow at about two metres a year. The old growth needs cutting back and the new branches need weaving in to form a thick canopy and sides.

Lyn Grant, a Jubille Park committee member, explained: “It’s a really arduous task to do this each year and we are grateful for those who turn up to give a hand.

“Brute strength is needed to pull all the branches back to form a dome and encourage them to fill out at the bottom. The shelters look bare now but come the summer they will be covered with new growth and will look amazing.”

This is just part of the work the committee does. Much of it is spent raising funds to maintain the park, to secure its future.

A St Patrick’s Day-themed family disco is being held on Saturday 15 March at Yapham Village Hall.

Tickets are £20 per family including food and can be obtained from Mrs Grant on 01759 368384.

Profits will go towards the insurance, grass cutting and new equipment at the park, which is being installed before Easter.

Mrs Grant added: “All this work will mean that Jubilee Park will be in tip top condition for Easter.”