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
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
The 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