Hereford Inlet Lighthouse And Gardens Improvements
There is a really cool project taking place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and in it’s Gardens.
Located at 111 N Central Ave in North Wildwood, the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse has been protecting our harbor since it was built in 1874.
Surrounding the lighthouse are different garden areas containing more than 200 plant varieties.
The gardens are planted in the Victorian cottage style and extend right up to the ocean seawall which had won several awards, including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Suburban Greening Award.
Since the city took ownership of managing the area they have been keeping the gardens quite beautiful.
Something that I never knew was that there had been portions of the property dominated by invasive vegetation and vines such as Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii), mimosa (Albizia julibrissin), and bamboo species.
These invasive species jeopardize the aforementioned beneficial assets and reduce the ecological value of the lighthouse grounds.
After obtaining What the city is doing is removing the invasive species and installing vegetation that is from our ecosystem.
Back in 2019 the city of North Wildwood reached out to the state, who owns the lighthouse and asked permission to fix these issues.
Prior to that letter the city hired The Lomax Consulting Group (TLCG) to conduct a vegetation assessment of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse parcel. This is when they found the invasive vegetation.
After tagging each tree and locating the trouble spots the state gave the city the OK to move forward.
Today I will give you a tour of the gardens and show you what they have done so far and what they will be doing in the future.
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