Dover Esplanade to be given a colourful makeover
RED poppies, rock samphire and sea beet are just some of the florae which will planted on the Dover Esplanade this month.
Residents are being invited to help create a blaze of colour in the seafront shingle gardens with Paul Holt of the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership.
Mr Holt will head up the planting and guide a walk introducing native plants which have adapted to a harsh shingle environment.
Architects Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin will describe the redesign of the Esplanade and its technical innovations, The planting in the shingle gardens will be the final stage of their project on the Esplanade. The event is part of the RIBA's Love Architecture festival.
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Ms Liu said: "The shingle planting is the missing piece of the design. Native plants like poppy and sea kale will hopefully flourish – in a couple of years they will look as if they have always been there."
Clare Smith and Joanna Jones of DAD say what happens after the planting is also important as the young plants will need continued care.
Ms Jones said: "We hope that some members of the public will want to adopt a plant and help take care of it until it is established."
The event, funded by Dover Town Council and backed by Dover Harbour Board and the British Wild Flower Plants organisation, takes place on Father's Day, Sunday June 17, from 11am to 2pm.
The planting runs from 11.30am to 12.30pm.
Plants will be supplied, along with some equipment, but residents are invited to bring their own trowel and gloves and a picnic.