To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Group, we are holding an Environment Evening on 28th March in the Village Hall. From 6.30pm - 7.30pm there is a “drop in session” when you can come to see what is happening locally. On display will be presentations of the work of the Group, work on the Millennium Wood and St James Churchyard, for example, and the activities of others in the village such as the School. There will also to be displays from outside bodies, such as the Environment Agency, SODC and the Northmoor Trust. If you want to stay, then at 7.30pm there will be a short Annual Meeting, followed by a talk on Ponds by Dr Steve Head, Director of Pond Conservation. After the talk there will be the usual glass of wine and nibbles. If you want to learn more about the Environment Group’s plans, or if you are just interested in the environment and want to find out more, please come along.
Surveys of hedgerows, garden birds and traffic on the A4130, publishing the Parish Conservation Plan, establishing the Millennium Wood, St James churchyard management, talks in the Village Hall - since it was formed in 1996, the Environment Group has been responsible for a range of projects and activities in the Parish. Most have been undertaken with the support of the Parish Council, the School, the Parochial Church Council, the farmers and the Fairthorne Trust, with assistance from a number of outside bodies and also with the help of numerous parishioners. Their aim has been to try to understand our environment, and what is happening to it, through the collection and analysis of information. Some of this information has been contributed to projects being carried out at the county and the national level.
As reported in the last two issues of The Villager, the Group with residents of the Wellsprings and the Parish Council are following a management plan for the Pond devised by Rod d’Ayala of Pond Conservation. A major part of the plan involves moving earth at the edge of the pond and realigning the ditch, work which is to be carried out in early February. Some of the £500 grant awarded to the Parish Council by SODC is to fund this work, the remainder will be spent on native shrubs and wild flowers including species such as ragged robin and purple loosestrife. Some of the shrubs will be planted in the area where the County Council recently cut down the willow which was dangerously overhanging the footpath.
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