FoRS – Friends of Ramsgate Seafront

Winterstoke Gardens Project

Last Updated March 2017

Early in 2016 FoRS again became involved with volunteer work at Winterstoke Gardens continuing on with previous works done by FoRS in 2015, the sterling efforts of others should not go amiss either, notably Dave Steele who late in 2016 had to stop working on the gardens because of health issues.

A year later in March 2017 we find ourselves in advanced negotiations with TDC after they accepted our initial 5 year management and regeneration plan to continue our efforts to rejuvenate the area and possibly bring about the restoration of the Fountain and Sun Shelter too, bringing life back to a desperately neglected area in Ramsgate.

How do we plan to regenerate the area ?

To date all of the works on the Rock Gardens and Chine Steps have involved volunteers only, many plants, several hundred in fact, and bulbs have been donated by residents of the area and TDC and to further planting we have grant applications pending.

The recent announcement (20th March 2017) from Historic England that Ramsgate has been awarded ‘Heritage Action Zone’ status is of course encouraging news for Ramsgate and FoRS openly encourage and support Historic England in this venture.
If asked to join the ‘HAZ’ group as a ‘Partner Project’ by Historic England FoRS would of course consider joining although FoRS would have to decide if joining ‘HAZ’ would be in the best interest of the project and those involved to date with the Management Plan we have already in place.

While our group does have clear support of many local people and Councillors our negotiations with TDC have been slow, this has been made worse by the departure of at least two Open Spaces Managers and a key Officer all within a few months of each other, this has lead to our plans stalling while TDC sort out replacements and those replacements to be ‘brought up to speed’.

Truth is we are still a long way from our goals, many of the gardening tasks like the removal of invasive Ivy and Brambles who’s roots eat into the Rock Gardens and cause damage, cutting back over grown shrubs and the removal of trees which have self seeded in the Rock Garden ‘Pods’ again causing damage, have taken longer than expected, but we are getting there with huge sections ready for replanting with more sustainable shrubs and plants although again replanting has been effected by the inability of TDC to keep an ‘Open Spaces Manager’ in place for longer than a few months.

The key to succeeding with this project is the involvement of not only local residents but those who use or would like to use this area more, and currently this means volunteers !!

Below you will find posts on our latest volunteer sessions

Winterstoke Gardens 28/04/2018

Our weekly dose of gardening at The Winterstoke Gardens. The rain was kind to us and held off. We had a great turn out with more new volunteers. Huge thanks to Susanne – who just turned up and joined us),…

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Saturday 11th November

Our volunteer session for this date has had to be cancelled, our next session will be Wednesday 15th November 10am until 12pm.

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Winterstoke – Before the rains…

OK, another session done at Winterstoke today, some tidying around the Sun Shelter, so many passers by asking why it is not better looked after… well we try !! A big welcome goes out to our newest volunteer Stephanie, who…

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East Cliff and Winterstoke Tidying

Wednesday 19th April’s volunteering-with our 7 dedicated volunteers we completed clearing the weeds from esplanade edging, the rock edging, the path edges at the first section of the Winterstoke Gardens, and weeded some of the pods. With great thanks to…

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East Cliff Chine gets a do over !!

The East Cliff Chine got our full attention today, with thanks to Jane, Steve, Sarah, Sharon and new comer Jenny for your hard work, but it’s looking soooo much better. A huge thanks to those who offered comments of support…

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East Cliff Clean Up

Another great two hours of volunteering with even more new people joining us! So with great thanks to Jane and Steve (our newbies for the day) Alistair, Jason, sharon, Sarah and Andy – we managed to clear the weeds along…

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Another day @ Winterstoke Gardens

Our volunteering fun this morning at the Winterstoke Gardens. 18 sacks of weeds cleared. Clara’s 3rd anniversary in Ramsgate plants planted. With huge thanks to Andy, Alistair, Keith, Sarah, Sarah and to Steve who joined us for the first time…

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Ramsgate announced as Heritage Action Zone in £450,000 scheme

From Kathy Bailes – http://www.theisleofthanetnews.com Ramsgate has been chosen as one of the country’s first ‘Heritage Action Zones’, in a new nationwide scheme from Historic England which provide an estimated £400,000 to the project over five years, to be matched…

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Loving it @ Winterstoke Gardens

A good morning’s volunteering with huge thanks to Andy, David, Sarah, Sharon and Alistair and the TDC refuse guys who popped by to the Winterstoke Gardens especially to pick up the sacks of weeds, prunings and rubbish. (12 in all)…

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Winterstoke Volunteer Project

Today we were out tidying the Winterstoke Gardens in the rain! We must be mad. However, hopefully we may have gathered at least one new volunteer to our midst and a gardener at that! With thanks to Alistair, Sarah and…

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Winterstoke Gardens Project

Saturday morning at Winterstoke Gardens, not much done on the gardens today other than litter picking, the path and shelter were our focus today, a good section of the Viking Trail weeded and cleaned and the public urinal… sorry shelter……

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Clara goes it alone – Winterstoke Gardens

So after 2 hours grafting some donated plants planted, I caught up with the gentlemen refuse chappies who made a special trip with their truck to pick up the smashed sink dumped in the shelter and the rubbish and weed…

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Winterstoke Gardens Volunteers

Our volunteers were at it again finishing off an area started the week before, now cleared and ready for planting in the spring. Thanks to Sarah & Keith.

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Winterstoke Project Gets Extra Help

For those who walk by the Winterstoke Gardens and SunPalace – today you may have noticed something different. Yesterday the feisty volunteers of Fors began work on the 3rd section of the Winterstoke Gardens. With the help of additional volunteers…

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It’s cold outside… Winterstoke

Were we mad to freeze ourselves to the marrow to day? Certainly dedicated! Removing deep rooted Ivy and Brambles…

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