Tree planting: With the new Community Orchard planted, Sustainable Blewbury is starting another tree-planting project on a triangle of land adjacent to the Chalk Pit.
In recent years, volunteers have transformed the Chalk Pit and Rubble Pit Lane into habitats that are now a Local Wildlife Site. Our new plan is to connect up wildlife corridors running east – this is the first step. We’ve been awarded 100 saplings by the Woodland Trust, including rowan, silver birch, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and wild cherry. They will provide berries for birds and beautiful blossom for everyone to enjoy. The land is owned by Beeswax Farming, who have been very supportive and given permission to plant the trees. Now we need you! Planting will start the weekend of 11–12 March; we may also need help to prepare the site. If you are interested, please contact John Ogden, firstname.lastname@example.org or 850372.
Hedge laying: In late January we coppiced hazel for stakes and binders from Juniper Valley and then began laying the hedge alongside the cemetery in Bohams Road. It has been quite a difficult task as there was a lot of top-heavy growth – but it’s now complete and should regrow as a thicker and healthier hedge. Thanks to Carole and Anthony Allen for access to Juniper Valley and to Collin Craig for carting all the stakes and binders to the village. If you’re interested in helping please contact Alex Musson, email@example.com.
Willow weaving: The next of Lawrence Graham’s willow weaving workshops is on Saturday 24th April from 10am to 4pm, this time teaching basket making. The cost is £40. If you’d like to take part please contact Kathy Edmunds, firstname.lastname@example.org or 850337. Be warned – this is very popular and some places are already booked, but apply anyway and if full you’ll be put on a waiting list for the next one.
Dates for your diary:
- Sustainable Blewbury AGM and new projects – Thursday, 6 April, 7.30pm, School Hall. We will be showing you our new projects for the school children and other developments in the village.
- Talk by Prof. George Jeronimidis on Biomimetics for sustainability – Mid-May, Manor Barn. How did shark skin help Airbus A380s take off? How do lotus leaves help to keep tall buildings clean? Event details soon.
- Community Orchard village picnic and grand opening – Sunday, 11th June, Tickers Folly Field. Details
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