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Conservation Site News – Sept 2011

Last Saturday’s September 10th) work day turned out to be an excellent afternoon despite weather warnings. We were able to concentrate on clearing the area for the open air teaching space. We also moved so much soil that we filled a large part of the ditch where a new fence will eventually go. We also welcomed some new hard working volunteers in the afternoon who helped clear so much of the new space. Welcome to Sue and Des and to Cristina’s two sons who worked tirelessly with shovels bigger than themselves. Our thanks to everyone.

The dates for the rest of 2011 are as follows. Saturdays, moving to 10am to 1pm when it gets to dark to work in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm.

  • Saturday October 8th
  • Saturday November 5th
  • Saturday December 3rd.

To date we planted 95% of the new hedge row (with more to follow in 2012 via the Woodland Trust, we hope). We have placed the pond liner in the ground after much hard digging and are starting to landscape it. DONATIONS of flat natural stone are hoped for so that we can make the pond edges look more natural.

The central island bed has been cleared despite the current crop of natural plants growing in it! We have planted many of the donated plants in temporary beds beside the ditch.

Plans have been drawn to construct the two sets of bridge supports utilising money donated by the F and E Harris Memorial Trust. We are to have the oak seating via Wiltshire Wildlife Trust using money donated by the Nationwide BS.

Some of our future jobs will include the building of willow hides using willow donated by Rupert Burr of Roves Farm and landscaping the ditch to allow rain water to flow into the new pond as well as replacing natural plants alongside the ditch.

Verity is also organising wild-flower seeds for volunteers to grow over the coming months ready for Spring planting.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US WITH?

SURELY THERE IS SOMETHING FROM THE ABOVE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DO FOR THE VILLAGE ?

For additional information please call Barry on 826697

Thank you to everyone who has given support to us since the project started.

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New Photo Gallery: SMAWL Working Parties

The work done by SMAWL is demonstrating great community spirit within South Marston. To celebrate this, we have consolidated all of the photos taken during the Working Parties to date into a new photo gallery.

We are still hoping to add some other galleries to the website, e.g. Views of the Village, Historical photos. If you would like to provide some images for these or some other galleries, then please follow the details here.

SMAWL competition updates

Conservation and the environment were major features at this years’ fete with both the village conservation group (SMAWL) and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust having stands.

We have been overwhelmed at the number of entries we had to our conservation area design competition and wanted to show some of them to the village’ said Barry Thunder, chairman of SMAWL. ‘People were really impressed by the creativity and thought that had been put into them. We also took the opportunity to show people pictures of some of the work we have been doing and answer their questions about the site.’

Neil Burchell and I also had a lot of offers of help ‘ added Barry ‘ and we hope to see our numbers swelled at our next working party on Saturday the 24th of July and beyond.’

Several residents in the village contributed prizes to SMAWL, so that they could hold a prize draw at the fete and the lucky winners were.

Top prize of a Wicker Hamper of Bath Products from local company Aquileia was won by Kirsty Jones

Other prize winners were: –

  • Roy and Carol Chambers
  • Amanda Hancock
  • April Stoneham
  • Thomas Skey
  • Hazel Beaver
  • Tony Heath
  • Alex
  • April Chambers
  • J Tomlinson

SMAWL – Conservation site

South Marston Assiting Wildlife

The volunteer evening held on the 17th June at the conservation site was well attended with volunteers (9 adults + 4 children. The work carried out was to keep the site clear for people to visit and envisage their ideas for the competition. We are hopeful on receiving a variety of ideas.

We are looking for additional volunteers to carry out the future work. Time spent is flexible from 30 minutes to a full day when you are available. If you would like to register your name as a volunteer on our volunteer list contact Barry Thunder 826697 or Brian McGlone 826243.