Widespread improvements to make Worthing’s Beach House Park more attractive to visitors and wildlife are underway.
Teams from Worthing Borough Council’s parks team will be spending this winter carrying out a range of enhancements to ensure it remains a much-loved open space for years to come.
The work will not only improve biodiversity, but also increase the types and varieties of plants to ensure the open space can better adapt to the ongoing effects of climate change.
The council is also taking steps to work with the local community to establish a new Friends of Beach House Park group so that residents can play a leading role in the future of the area.
Work on the improvements began earlier this month as teams started clearing out some of the older vegetation in beds in the south of the park.
This will make space for a new varied planting scheme as well as a variety of bulbs species to give colour and nectar through the spring and summer for bees and other insects and increase our ecosystems within this area of the park
Teams will also infill the shrub beds at the sides of the park to create a better habitat and green corridor for birds while creating edible landscapes for nature.
The improvements will also see the formal planting in the south of the park enhanced with more than 1,700 new plants. This includes four of the current beds expanded which will help the park adapt to the ongoing impact of climate change.
The decision has also been made to remove one tree that has been dying over the last four to five years and shown no sign of recovering. A new tree will be planted in its place.