Friends of Kents Bank Station and Foreshore
In April 2018, the Friends of Kents Bank Station and Foreshore successfully secured a grant, through Ørsted’s Walney Extension Community Fund.
The grant of £2,650 was awarded to replace four seats on Kents Bank foreshore, which volunteers have been maintaining since March 2016. The total grant also covered the cost of installing the new seats, recycling usable parts from the original seats and towards the cost of additional plants for the foreshore raised beds.
The original seats were over 45 years old and their concrete ends had started to disintegrate. Unfortunately, the group were unable to source replacement seat ends so alternative seats were necessary to ensure that members of the public could continue to sit and enjoy the ever-changing views of Morecambe Bay from the Kents Bank foreshore.
Volunteers worked extremely hard to regenerate the foreshore raised beds by planting bee and butterfly friendly plants while taking account of unusual gardening challenges such as intermittent sheep and deer grazing on the slipway.
The summer drought, between May and July, meant the volunteers were also faced with an additional challenge as there is no water supply on the foreshore or at the Kents Bank Train Station and their water butts were empty by the end of May. The group were, therefore, transporting water for the raised bed plants, from their homes. In addition, some severely wilting plants were placed into ‘intensive care’ at volunteers homes until the climate changed and they could be replanted.
Val Kennedy, Group Co-ordinator, said
“This grant has enabled the group to improve the foreshore area in a way that will benefit the community for years to come. The new seats, a Victorian style with recycled, corrosion resistant, cast aluminium seat ends and durable recycled plastic slats, have been bolted to their concrete plinths to deter the saltmarsh sheep who have periodically tried to manoeuvre the original seats off their bases!”
Grange-over-Sands Town Council have kindly agreed to include the four new seats on their Council Assets Insurance list and thanks to the ongoing efforts of the volunteers, who will continue to develop and maintain the raised beds, visitors can continue to relax quietly and enjoy the foreshore view.