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We need your help to create a small nature reserve to increase biodiversity and provide the community with a green space to relax, improve their well-being, educate and learn about the environment.
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.
Steps to get it done:
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5 new trees, to replace the one that died have been ordered and due to arrive next month. The other thing you might have noticed, is that the churchyard extension has installed a temporary fence. This is going to be planted with appropriate hedgerow (another asset for wildlife) and once established the fence removed. This extension was always in the plan, and hence the bee bank was positioned with this in mind. We are still waiting on a new pedestrian gate, to make access easier, and benches for people to sit on and enjoy the biodiversity on offer. Sorry for the slow process, but nature doesn't happen quickly!
I popped over to Glebe Field to remove some of the dead trees and check the site for weeds. There were a few thistles and stinging nettles, which I removed, but generally everything looked healthy. The hedgehog house looked good. The newest seeded patch is doing well (I suspect this patch will require weeding in March). I spoken to Adam Gallagher who will hopefully install a new pedestrian gate. Carl Gray has kindly offered to do the meadow cuts, the first being in Spring.
The weather was very kind, almost too hot, and our 2 experienced drivers (Digger Dave & Dumper Truck Darren) definitely speeded up things; we managed to degrade twice the area of the first degrading weekend in March. We managed to successfully clear most of the remaining turf and sowed seeds in front of the smaller established area (by the bee bank). Now we have to wait, and pray, for the seeds to grow. As with the first area we will need to weed out the aggressive weeds (thistles and bindweed) to allow the other wildflowers to grow. We also cleared the weeds from the bee bank. A special mention goes to Simon Rex for spending the last few weeks clearing thistles from the first area. We also tidied up the site as there had been a number of complaints. The topsoil will hopefully be collected this week, and then the aim is get some plastic to cover the huge compost heap to help speed up the breaking down process. And the hedgehog house got a new roof as the previous one had shrunk a bit :) Next stages:- more weeding!; try and establish a group of volunteers to follow the management plan; find covers for the compost heap; and more...
This coming Saturday and Sunday is another Rewilding Weekend. Digger Dave has kindly offered his services and advice. We are hiring 2 extra pieces of equipment from lessons learnt last time:- a dumper truck, for moving turf and soil around, and a flail mower, for cutting long grass. The mission this weekend is simpler, but still hard work, to cut and weed the margins & to remove as much of the remaining turf & topsoil so we can sow more wildflower meadow seeds. Please come along and help, even if only for an hour or so, and ask your friends and family. Also, if you wanted any free topsoil please bring bags to fill and take home.
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)
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