Budleigh Salterton residents involved with environmental improvement project

PUBLISHED: 11:04 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 10 June 2010

FOUR-year-old Poppy Taylor was the youngest member of a group of Norman Crescent residents who rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to lay a hedge as part of a programme of environmental improvements being carried out at the site.

FOUR-year-old Poppy Taylor was the youngest member of a group of Norman Crescent residents who rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to lay a hedge as part of a programme of environmental improvements being carried out at the site.

The hardy band of residents braved the freezing conditions and spent several hours outside planting a length of beech hedging stretching more than 100 metres long.

The hedge planting project was the final part of a long process to prepare the site - which had included the volunteer work party breaking up and removing several tons of tarmac and concrete left over from when the site was developed, replacing it with large amounts of compost.

Local resident and volunteer co-ordinator Richard Halstead said he was 'satisfied' by the results.

He said: "It's been a long hard slog but the results are well worth it! It's gratifying to see local residents working together with such pride in their environment.

"It would have cost a considerable amount of money if we'd used contractors.

"Removing the old hardcore alone was a mammoth task.

"The hedge when mature will not only be a nice feature but also of great benefit to nesting birds.


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