DAMAGED lights at Marine Cove Gardens in Burnham-on-Sea have been replaced by energy-efficient LED lanterns. 

Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) installed the new lanterns shortly before Keep Britain Tidy's Love Parks Week, which runs from July 29 until August 5.

SDC's parks and clean surroundings teams have been working at open spaces across the district to prepare them for school and summer holidays. 

An SDC spokesperson said: “At Marine Cove Gardens in Burnham-on-Sea, following storm damage earlier this year, we have recently replaced the four column lights with energy efficient LED lanterns. 

“These had to be specially sourced and painted to match the heritage status of the gardens.”

A volunteer group, The Friends of Marine Cove, works alongside the district council to maintain the gardens and encourage its use.

Writing on Facebook, the volunteers said: “We are pleased to report that the four column lights have now been replaced following storm damage.

“Apologies for the delay,. However, specialist lanterns had to be sourced and painted to reflect the heritage status of the gardens.

“The new lights are also LED so better for the environment, too!”

Marine Cove Gardens and Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park in Highbridge were re-awarded the coveted Green Flag Award by Keep Britain Tidy at the end of July.

The Green Flag Award “rewards well-managed parks and green spaces”.

Describing work carried out by SDC elsewhere, the spokesperson added: “In Victoria Park in Bridgwater, the ball courts were re-lined, giving a lovely clear playing surface.

“Upgrading the play equipment at Chamberlin Avenue in Bridgwater is going well, with most of the new equipment installed. 

“Once the safety surface is laid later this week and subsequently inspected, we hope that that the £40,000 upgraded play area will open next week.”

The clean surroundings team inspects over 400 seperate pieces of play equipment across the disrict in over 70 parks open spaces every week. 

SDC's specially trained playground inspectors have recently undertaken further training to repair safety gates during their weekly inspections.

Love Parks Week gives people across the country the chance to shout about their geen spaces. 

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy founded the celebration to celebrate and support the efforts of volunteers and workers that maintain and protect green spaces.