Canvey Island Town Council took over the management of Bumblebee Park and the Labworth Memorial Gardens on Canvey Island officially on 1st October 2012 from Castle Point Borough Council. The Town Council has been working with Castle Point Borough Council for approximately two years to secure the handover and a grounds maintenance programme has been agreed by the Town Council to ensure ongoing maintenance of both sites.
Peter Greig, Chairman of Canvey Island Town Council said: " The Town Council is delighted to be taking over Bumblebee Park and the seafront gardens which is a great local resource and we will continue to maintain and enhance the area for the local community and visitors to enjoy at the seafront"
Castle Point Borough Councillor Colin Riley, Cabinet Member for the Environment added: "Bumblebee Park is a lasting legacy to Canvey Island’s environmental importance. Its creation was a true community effort with residents involved at every stage of the planning and design and children from local schools creating paving slabs for inclusion in the garden. The bumblebee sculpture is symbolic of the rare shrill carder bee whose habitat on the island is considered to be the most important in south-east England."
The two garden areas which are part of Labworth Park at the seafront on Canvey Island were originally installed by the Canvey 2000 Project.
The Town Council has been granted a three year lease for the Bumblebee Park and Labworth Memorial Gardens as part of a growing partnership between Castle Point Borough Council and Canvey Island Town .
To view Canvey Island Town Council's Memorial Plaque, Tree and Bench Policy click here