Kenilworth war memorial made wheelchair accessible - The Leamington Observer

Kenilworth war memorial made wheelchair accessible

THE AREA around Kenilworth war memorial has been given a spruce up ahead of Remembrance Sunday.

Funding from Kenilworth Lions has enabled a ramp to be installed to allow wheelchair users to take part in the services and lay wreaths, while at the same time the area around the monument has been re-repaved, and the ground prepared for sustainable planting including spring bulbs and plants that are good for biodiversity.

The work coincides with a programme of more sustainable planting led by Warwick District Council’s green spaces team, in areas such as the island at Abbey End.

In this location the bedding plants are being replaced with thousands of bulbs in the turfed-in beds, and further planting which includes pollinator friendly varieties of herbaceous plants such as sedum, asters, and lavender.

Insect habitats are also being boosted with turfed walls, gravel, logs piles and small water features created to allow the new inhabitants to drink.

WDC’s neighbourhood spokesperson Coun Will Roberts said: “The war memorial is such an important place in the town, where people gather to remember the sacrifices that others have made for us. It is therefore wonderful to see the access improvements that have been made, giving everyone the opportunity to pay their respects.

“It’s also important that we continue our in our efforts to increase biodiversity in our public realms that will leave a lasting legacy for the future.”

Leader of Kenilworth Town Council Coun James Kennedy added: “We are delighted that the district council has started sustainable planting in key public places in Kenilworth. This will not only ensure that the areas look good all the year round but will also contribute to helping reverse the loss of biodiversity in our town.”

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