Weekly Update – 12 April 2024

wild flower and bee post
Born to be wild!
This week our landscapers laid the wildflower turf on the sloped flower beds in front of the bandstand field. These pre-seeded turf layers will add colour to the edges of the field. The flowers are predicted to start to grow and bloom in the next month or two. Our bee posts are within the wildflower beds so the solitary bees will also be able to enjoy these flowers.
A step up
This photo shows the newly installed steps which will lead from the new promenade down to the Briny restaurant. Beyond these steps you can also see the two-tier terrace units which will contain beautiful planters. The top step here shows the height of the newly raised promenade.
concrete about to be poured
The prom-ised land…
The newly built section next to Blue Reef Aquarium which will provide access to Frontage 4 (Southsea Castle) when it opens is really starting to take shape now. This week we began pouring the concrete in this section of the promenade.
The world is our oyster!
Our principal contractors Volkerstevin and Boskalis Westminster have sponsored (through Green the UK) a Blue Marine Foundation project) that aims to restore native oysters into the Solent. Native oyster beds provide habitats for hundreds of species, and the oysters also improve water quality by removing nitrogen and sequestering carbon. They have disappeared from a lot of the UK’s coastline meaning a loss to the environment. This week a number of the Southsea Coastal Scheme team, along with other volunteers, helped to clean, tag and measure native oysters which will soon be placed into their new homes in The Solent.
temp benches
We are writing to memorial bench owners whose benches were removed from Frontage 4 (Southsea Castle) in 2022 as part of our work. At the time, we wrote to all owners here to explain that these memorial plaques will be placed on a temporary bench during the works. Now that construction of sea defences around Southsea Castle is nearly complete, we will be relocating these plaques onto the new seating around the castle. We anticipate the temporary benches to be removed before 1 May, with the area around the castle due to reopen in late May 2024. Thank you for your patience over this time.