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What's new at Nene Park for February 2021?

Lockdown learning, new elm trees and the chance to share your thoughts on the new bridge design - here's February's update from our friends at Nene Park!
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The flooding at Nene Park has receded and it is now accessible for visitors - here's what the Trust has been up to in February (Photo: archive.terry-harris.com)

More flooding in the park

January and February saw more flooding across the park following heavy rainfall and snow. Many areas were inaccessible to visitors - unless they wore waders or had a boat! We are now pleased to report that all paths and routes are now accessible for visitors. 

Lockdown learning

The Nene Park Trust Education team has been busy creating videos, activity sheets and learning notes to help parents, carers and teachers do some fun nature-focused activities with their children as part of their lockdown learning.

Each week there is a new lockdown learning resource on the Nene Park website, consisting of a video, a set of activity notes which describes the curriculum focus of the activity and the age group aimed at and then an activity sheet. Take a look at the learning resources on our website.

 

mobile-app-neneThe app has been developed to allow contactless payment for parking at Ferry and Orton Meadows. By Nene Park

New parking payment app 

Visitors who drive to Ferry Meadows and Orton Meadows now have a new way of paying for their parking with a new parking payment app.

Developed with leading parking solutions company Scheidt & Bachmann, who also manage the parking machines in the park, the new parking app allows visitors to conveniently pay for their parking direct from their smart phones, whilst avoiding queues by the parking machine on busy days.

Available on both iOS and Android devices, visitors can download the free app by searching for ‘S-Park’ in the Apple or Google Play app stores.

On departure from Ferry Meadows car park, users simply enter their licence plate in full, and select a payment method from debit card, credit card or PayPal. In the current climate, a contactless payment option is a welcome addition. Find more details here.

Plans revealed for new bridge in Ferry Meadows – your chance to have a say!

Nene Park Trust is developing designs for a new bridge to replace the current Pontoon Bridge in Ferry Meadows, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. These plans have been released to visitors ahead of submission to Peterborough City Council's Planning Department and the Trust is keen to hear feedback via a consultation survey.

Visitors are encouraged to complete the survey to share their thoughts on the process.

New elm trees 2Nene Park have planted new trees. By Nene Park

Elm trees return to the Park

Park visitors will be delighted to know that three new hybrid elm trees have now been planted in front of the visitor centre in Ferry Meadows, replacing the veteran elms which had to be felled last year due to Dutch elm disease.

The trees planted are called Ulmus Dodoens, which are a hybrid variety of elm tree. A hybrid tree is the result of cross-pollinating two different tree varieties, which is how these new variety of elm can be created with a good resistance to Dutch elm disease.

The trees will grow to a height of 20+ metres and will have fantastic autumn colours. We are looking forward to watching these trees grow and flourish in the years to come and become just as magnificent as their veteran predecessors.