Save Walton Park
Save Walton Park
North Somerset Council has recently announced plans to plant more than a 1000 trees on Walton Park, the open grassy slope leading down to the sea next to the Walton Park Hotel
This will destroy one of our most important amenity spaces with dramatic views of our beautiful coastline.
Currently Walton Park provides a feeling of openness with outstanding views of the Channel and the Welsh Hills beyond , which are so uplifting and good for mental health at a major entry point to the town. It’s the first time you see the sea if coming up Holly Lane. The Park invites you to walk down to the benches , sit and contemplate and for those fit enough to walk further down to the coastal footpath and continue your walk. Some of our older residents living nearby in flats may not be able to get down to the coastal path any longer. This park gives them the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy their location.
The plan is for the planting to take place at the beginning of November. This green space is a vital community asset which has been enjoyed by residents for over 100 years. It is widely used as a play space, picnic space , walking area and even for community tobogganing in winter. This has been especially valuable during the pandemic - there is no other place where one can enjoy coast views from a green space in the northern part of Clevedon.
This planting is part of North Somerset's policy of 'Rewilding', whose general principles were supported by a small number of North Somerset residents earlier in the year. However the consultation did not identify the plans to plant more than 1000 trees in and destroy the only remaining green open space in this part of Clevedon, which would undoubtedly be then lost for ever and all future generations. For most people in the immediate area, these plans have come both as a surprise and an unpleasant shock.
If we have 1000 trees to spare, there are so many better locations for these trees rather than destroy a unique open space:
We could look to plant them to aid screening and noise reduction by the motorway.
We could plant along the forthcoming cycle and pedestrian routes between Weston and Clevedon.
Perhaps best of all we could offer them to local residents to plant themselves, who would then give them the care and nurturing that all new trees need. This would have the additional advantage of saving the council money on planting costs.