Retford Common Refresh

At it’s December meeting, West Melton residents heard details behind a new Selwyn District Council project to breathe life into Retford Common, the reserve seen while entering Gainsborough on Brinsworth Ave.

Local resident Peter Fry is leading a group of people known as Friends of Retford Common who formed around a mutual concern for the state of this West Melton reserve.

Following handover to the Selwyn District Council from R D Hughes Developments, the park has been in a declining state with ill-suited and dying trees, un-kept pathways and failing lawn turf. Friends of Retford Common gathered ideas and formed a working group with council to turn its state around.

A new conceptual plan for the park has been commissioned by the council in consultation with the Friends of Retford Common. The plan features new and more appropriate species of trees, set in new tree wells and a water management plan to help new vegetation to thrive. While the general form of the park will remain, paths, turf and moundings will be redeveloped to create tree-lined glades, sheltered areas and breathe life into what is currently somewhat of a dust-bowl in the town.

Retford Common concept landscape plan

The program of work begins this February with several of the dying trees marked for replacement being removed. Tree well preparation, irrigation installation, and lawn replanting are scheduled for Autumn months, followed by tree planting. Further earthworks, mounding and pathway installations will follow towards the end of 2020.

Work getting underway at Retford Common, February 2020