Ramsgate residents played their part in the National Tree Planting Record attempt (Tree O'Clock), planting 25 trees in the hedges of the Rose Garden on the Westcliff, next to the boating pool. The trees are mostly acer and thorn and will fill in the gaps in the hedge. At present there are several gaps, particularly on the seaward side. The plan is to fill them in so that the Rose Garden is less exposed and a better place for relaxation and contemplation, also to keep out unleashed dogs.
The group planting the trees are the ‘Westcliff Conservation Community Group’. The trees were supplied by the Kent ‘Free Trees Scheme’. This is an excellent scheme from Kent County Council and credit to Network Rail for sponsoring it.
I spoke to Pegwell and Cliffsend councillor John Kirby who has helped fund replacement roses in the garden with money from the allocation each Thanet District Councillor receives. John is an active councillor and we both share concerns about the future of Albion House. Others present were Dr. David and Sarah Neden, George and Wendy Arnheim, Robin and Pat Hills, Shirley Harris, Julie Ferguson, Vera Taylor, Valerie Sturgeon, John and Terry.