Railway Trail grooming begins
Six private landscaping firms, of all whom bid through an open tendering process, have begun grooming eight areas of the Railway Trail.
The work is required after Bermuda was hit by several hurricanes and storms in recent years.
“As a result, there is considerable horticultural debris along the Trail and the walking area has narrowed,” said Acting Parks Director Jonelle Christopher. “As always after a major storm like Hurricane Nicole, the Parks Department team immediately clears main roads, then smaller roads so that the public can get help if needed.
“After that, schools are the priority. The Trail was made safe, but we recognised the need for a thorough clean-up of debris.”
Minister of the environment Sylvan Richards added: “The Railway Trail is a 73-acre linear park within the National Park System and is one of Bermuda’s most prized recreation areas. It’s a great place for people to be out with family and friends enjoying our natural surroundings. Given our growing season, maintenance is a year-round commitment.
I am confident that this intense three-month solution will put us in good stead ahead of this year’s storm season.”
Landscape services are presently under way in the following trail sections:
Section West 1: Rural Hill, Paget to Khyber Pass, Warwick;
Section West 2: Khyber Pass, Warwick to Church Road, Southampton;
Section West 3: Church Road, Southampton to Whale Bay Road, Southampton;
Section West 4: Whale Bay Road, Southampton to Somerset Bridge, Sandys;
Section West 5: Somerset Bridge, Sandys to Somerset Station (Old Bus Terminal), Sandys;
Section East 2: Cable Hill, Devonshire to Flatts Inlet South, Smith’s;
Section East 3A: Flatts Inlet North to Seon Point, Hamilton Parish and;
Section East 3B: Crawl Waterfront Park to Bailey’s Bay Bridge, Hamilton Parish.
“The overall scope of services includes scheduled grass cutting of selected Railway Trail areas, selective shrub pruning, selective removal of invasive small trees, shrubs, grasses and ground covers, and management of horticultural waste,” explained a Government spokesperson.
“Once this three-month landscaping project is complete, the Department intends to develop a sustainable approach to maintaining this valuable asset within the Parks system. The Department appreciates the public’s patience as we improve and enhance this national resource for all to enjoy.”
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