During lockdown we all realised the importance of green space within our community, somewhere to relax and unwind. With your help, our community, especially playgroup and school children, would benefit from this currently inaccessible land and providing a quiet space to relax and learn about the environment. The small field next to Church Walk in Bredon is called Glebe Field. We are planning to install various features to improve the biodiversity of this area of land. Following guidance from the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, we plan to grow wildflowers & fruit trees, build an invertebrate bank and hibernacula, install interpretation boards to educate, a public route through the meadow, with picnic benches to sit, relax and enjoy the environment.
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Why it's a great idea:
We have the support of both the playgroup and school; they are very nearby and would utilise this as an outdoor education space. The School ECO Club will help with planting and designs for the interpretation boards. The west side of Bredon Village is further away from the playing fields, this will be a great area to relax and get away from stress. Just think how useful this space would have been during COVID19 lockdown for residents at that end of the village.
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Wychavon District Council
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I'm in the process of hiring a mini digger to help with the first set of rewilding tasks next weekend (27th and 28th). If you can offer your services, as it will be exhausting work, please pick which day you would prefer Saturday or Sunday and how long you think you can volunteer for? Please contact me at email@example.com Also, if anyone could get hold of any old pipes (guttering, etc.) for the Hibernacula that would be great. I did ask on Facebook Parish Noticeboard. Below are the tasks I think we will attempt to do at Glebe Field, keeping separate households socially distanced:- - Hire a mini digger for 2 days (Sat and Sun) - has anyone got any experience of using one of these diggers? Does anyone have a spare jerry-can we could use if we need more diesel? - Remove as much turf and topsoil as we can and give away / pile down the sides, maybe making a turf sofa - Remove some of the sub soil and pile in crescent shape for bee bank foundations. Cover with sand and compact. - Dig hole (0.5m) for Hibernacula and place logs into hole and drainpipes for entrances, add branches on top, and cover with soil you have dug out leaving entrances clear, add turf on top. - Sow seeds, mixed with sand so you can see where sown, onto bare soil; press down and water if no immediate forecast for rain Items which would be useful to bring:- spade; wheelbarrow; bucket; gloves; watering can (if forecast dry)
Thank you so much for your donation towards this project. I'd just thought I'd give you an update. Due to COVID restrictions and the very wet weather not a lot of work has started, but we are making plans. You may have seen the article in the Parish Magazine or the post on the Bredon Parish Noticeboard about a Rewilding Group. If you haven't, basically I'm trying to get a list of names and contact details of anyone who would be part of this group. Hopefully, we will get a decent number of volunteers for simple tasks like tree planting; bulb planting; digging; etc. If you are interested please either join the Bredon Parish Rewilding Group on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org You may have noticed a lot of local roads getting flooded over the weekend, due to lots of water coming down Bredon Hill and over the roads. I'm currently speaking to someone from FWAGSW who may have some projects that need a group of volunteers to help slow the water down and reduce the flooding. If you join this group then I will have a contact list so I can easily ask for volunteers for anything that comes out of these discussions. We live in a great area with a fantastic community spirit, and I'm hoping this volunteer group will not only improve our local area, but bring the community even closer and look after each other's wellbeing. Thank You, Declan