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Vol-fest Saturday 1st June

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust LogoVol-Fest! Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2013 & the Environment in Wiltshire & Swindon, Saturday 1st June 10am – 4pm

During Volunteers’ Week, Volunteer Centre Swindon in partnership with Volunteer Centre Wiltshire, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and North Wessex Downs AONB are coming together to celebrate volunteering across the county.

We are offering you the opportunity to join with us at Barbury Castle. The event is subsidised so you can enjoy it for free! Transport may be provided if there is sufficient demand.

For more details see the flyer below:

SMAWL Update – Sept 2012

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Since our last update, the two bridges over the ditch have been erected. There is still a bit of work to do to finish off the ends but they are looking magnificent!

Our last working day on 4th August was cut short by heavy rain, but we still managed to clear the far side of the ditch, trim back the hazel bushes, do a bit more work on the pond, and enlarge our nursery beds to provide a temporary home for the hundreds of perennial wildflower plants we’ve grown from seed. These will be planted out around the site as more areas are cleared. The wildlife is very much in residence – we’ve spotted frogs, newts and numerous mini-beasts, including bees, butterflies, bugs, bush crickets and hoverflies.

On Saturday 15th September, there will be an evening bat walk in the village led by Dr Danielle Linton from the Swindon Twilight Bat Project and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The walk will be preceded by a short talk. For more details, please look out for posters around the village and on the website, or contact us (details below).

The next working day is on Saturday 8th September. All volunteers will be welcomed with open arms!

For further information, please call Barry on 826697 or Susan on 824957, or email barry@capital-planning.co.uk. You can also read more about the group on the village website, www.southmarston.org.uk.

St Julians Woodland Opening Photos

On 29th September, St Julians Woodland was officially opened. This event included the unveiling of several specially commissioned items.

  • A mural created by Annette Andrews, in collaboration with pupils from South Marston School
  • Benches made with wood from Hagbourne Copse
  • Plinths with Brass Rubbings
  • A bench and table created by local blacksmith, John Beavis.

For those of you who have not made it down to St Julians Woodland, here are some photos of the artworks created. Click for a more detailed slideshow.

St Julians Community Woodland Opening

Date: 29th Sept 2011

Time: 14:00

Place: St Julians Community Woodland (accessible via St Julians Close), South Marston

The St Julians Community woodland will be formally opened on this day. The woodland has been created by a partnership between Hills, and the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. It includes the unveiling of several items including:

  • A mural created by Annette Andrews, in collaboration with pupils from South Marston School
  • Benches made with wood from Hagbourne Copse
  • Plinths with Brass Rubbings
  • A bench and table created by local blacksmith, John Beavis.

As a follow up event on Saturday 1st October 10.00- 11.00, a guided walk for villagers will be held to educate more about WWT plans for the site.

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.



For additional information please call Barry on 826697

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

South Marston C of E School News – April 2011

We have once again been very busy this term!

The week beginning the 28 February was our book week and the children really enjoyed the religious storyteller as well as visits from parents and members of the local community who generously gave up their time to come and share their favourite books and love of reading with the children. A great big thank you to all those who took part! Continue reading South Marston C of E School News – April 2011

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

Smelly Socks and Art give children a brush with nature – Community Newswire

Community Newswire ran this article, about the new conservation area at St Julian’s Close:

Children from South Marston C of E Primary School, near Swindon, enjoyed an art day with a difference on Wednesday.

The Creative Kids, Creepy Crawlies and Community Woodland day, run by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, was part of a scheme to turn 1.55 hectares of woodland into a community space that will be managed for wildlife, with the local community invited to be involved in the site. Continue reading Smelly Socks and Art give children a brush with nature – Community Newswire

Conservation Area Working Day – Jan 2010

On Saturday 30th January around 12 local residents, including several children, spent a number of hours clearing the site of what is planned to become a nature conservation area. The site is in Highworth Road between the footpath leading to Greenfields and the bungalows and is now being leased from The Borough by the Parish Council.

It was a cold  but bright day, just the right sort of weather for hard physical work and there was plenty of that. The area was badly overgrown, mainly with brambles. The object was to clear away most of this so that the extent and features of the site could be assessed before the Conservation Group could develop a layout plan for it.

Everyone worked hard, particularly the youngsters, who seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the many scratches from the brambles.   The site was cleared, a skip was filled with rubbish and a fence made with materials from the site. All in all, a good day’s work

Our thanks to Neil Pullen from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust who provided the expertise, equipment and refreshments, Kelly’s Skips  and all those who gave of their time so generously. There is likely to be a follow up working party in March so please check the website and Tower & Tap for information.

Photographs of the event can be seen in the Gallery below


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Wanted: Volunteers for our Wildlife Site – updated

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust LogoThe Parish Council want to set up a community group to plan and undertake the work to create a wildlife area on the land recently leased from SBC on the Highworth Road, just after the footpath into Greenfields and adjacent to 31 Highworth Road. The group will be initially guided and supervised by an officer from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The initial task will be to clear the site, coppice hazels and prune and lay the hedge which we plan to start on Saturday 30th January.

Working in this group would be an ideal Community/Voluntary service
project for anyone participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Working in this group would be an ideal Community/Voluntary service project for anyone participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Morning Session: 10:30 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 13:30 – 15:00

  • All equipment required will be supplied by WWT including safety equipment
  • Volunteers should wear sensible footwear and clothing.
  • Health and safety instructions will be given by Neil before any work is started on the site.
  • All volunteers will be covered by WWT insurance.
  • Volunteer’s children are to be supervised at all times by an adult.
  • Names and contact details of volunteers will be recorded.
  • It it the intention that a community group will establish itself from the volunteers to take the Wildlife Site Project forward in design and maintenance as an ongoing scheme.

If you are interested in working on this new project, contact:

Neil Pullen (WWT) 814768    Mobile: 07818045198

Neil Burchell 827009