Sweet success as sugar partnership boosts Mablethorpe flowerbeds through drought

Mablethorpe flowerbeds.
Mablethorpe flowerbeds.

A PARTNERSHIP between East Lindsey District Council and British Sugar aims to ensure flowerbeds in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea stay vibrant through the drought.

The local authority have been able to harvest rainwater from operations at British Sugar’s Bardney site.

This comes after they appealed to Anglian Water in April for exemption from the hosepipe ban after fears the flowerbeds could wilt and affect the visitor economy.

The first delivery of 30,000 litres of rainwater, which will come in two tankers, arrived on Monday, and will allow the council to begin putting in the summer bedding.

The council has access to further harvested rainwater as required to water the 76,000 plants, as well as rainwater harvested from its own buildings.

Coun Craig Leyland, the portfolio holder for the economy, said: ““Throughout the winter period, we have invested over £600,000 into foreshore improvements in Skegness and Mablethorpe, including revised planting schemes, to ensure the district looks great ahead of the main 2012 summer season.

“Tourism is so vitally important to our economy – to local business and to jobs – and we need to ensure that when visitors come they want to come again and our new planting schemes are one part of the much broader visitor offer in East Lindsey. I’d like to thank British Sugar for their support in help us do this.”

‘Benefit of local residents and visitors’

Paul Hardy, Environment Manager from British Sugar commented: “Protection of the environment is integral to our operations and we are delighted to have been able to support East Lindsey District Council in supplying rainwater collected at our Bardney operation.

“We are extremely proud the rainwater will be used to the benefit of local residents and visitors during the upcoming 2012 summer season.”

In addition to rainwater harvesting, the council has installed solar panels onto a number of its buildings in recent months reducing its CO2 emissions by 71,000kg per year.