visitors will have noticed the erection of two notice
boards, one at each end of the Green. The aim is to
display notices about what is happening on the Green
including what has been spotted over the last few
later aspect may take a little time to get organised
but if you can help in species surveys please do contact
us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
work parties are held for anybody who is interested
in helping to preserve and enhance the Green. They
are generally held on the second Sunday of each month.
start at 9.30am and finish at 1.00pm.
Although we would love to see you for all of this
period, we would appreciate your help for even part
of the morning. We initially meet in the car park
of the Ridgewood Village Hall and then move down into
the site. If you are coming later please give Jo Conway
a ring else you may have to search to find him and
the work teams.
bring along gardening gloves (and a pair of clippers
can be very useful!), we will supply any specialist
tools that we need to use and give instructions, where
needed on their use.
matter who you are or what age you are, we can find
a job for you. We do ask that children are accompanied
by an adult.
the next three years (funds permitting!) we are planning
to enhance the Green by undertaking a number of Special
Projects. These are tasks that are too much for the
Sunday morning work parties to undertake although
inevitably, they will generate maintenance work as
time goes by. This section will explain what is happening
to projects that we have started.
BOUNDARY REGENERATION PROJECT
the project period, regeneration work will be undertaken
on the southern boundary of the Millennium Green.
This work is being carried out as part of a regeneration
project to re-establish a coherent hedge line using
a mixture of native plant species. Because the adjacent
land is used for stock grazing it is important that
we maintain a stock-proof boundary.
of the work will entail clearance of the area to allow
openings for the new saplings to develop. In some
cases we will be pollarding trees in rotation to ensurethe
new hedge blends into the existing environment
work is being undertaken by supervised teams of students
from BTCV Enterprises based at Plashetts Wood. In
phase One work started at the western end of the boundary.
Undergrowth was cleared and any remaining trees and
shrub cut back in the last months of 2002 and, at
this time a strained wire fence was erected. Planting
of the hedge for this phase was completed in February
two will start in the same months in 2004 (funds permitting)
and will (hopefully) complete the hedge line.
will be an ongoing task of ensuring that the new saplings
are kept free of weeds and brambles and it is intended
that this will form one of the tasks that the monthly
work parties undertake.
project was formed to regenerate the pond that was
established under the initial funding. Unfortunately
the pond had failed to establish any coherent aquatic
environment due mainly to being unprotected against
random dog or human intrusion. This
constant intrusion had both silted up the pond and
inhibited any fringe habitats developing.
the the summer months of 2003 a lot of work has been
carried out to achieve the project objectives. So
far we have cleared the area of the scrub vegetation,
dug out the silt to re-create a deep water section
and erected a post and rail fence, complete with stock
netting and an access gate, around the whole area.
still intend to install some board edging to allow
the banks to stabilise and perhaps create a pond-dipping
platform and a small, simple plank seat but this will
need to await further funding. Our intention is to
plant some suitable, native fringe and aquatic plants
to encourage diversity but this obviously depends
upon it raining!
in the short term the pond will look "a muddy mess"
but our aim is to create an environment that pond
and Green users will enjoy.
various users of the Green have established a number
of "unofficial" crossings of the ditches and stream.
In some areas this had caused severe erosion of the
ditch banks and made the areas hazardous for the unwary.
2004 BTCV erected four bridges constructed from ex-railway
sleepers resting on a half-sleeper on a rubble base.
Each bridge has been fitted with anti-slip netting.
IN SHIPREED LANE
order to meet our Health and Safety obligations, the
BTCV team on our behalf, have erected a post and rail
fence along the Shipreed Lane edge of Pit Two. This
will be fitted with stock proof netting over the lower
portion. The trees behind this fence will, in due
course be pollarded and the spaces inbetween infilled
so that in time, a new, thicker hedge will form.
include the following:-
At one of the crossing points of the stream, watercress
has become established. In order to encourage growth
and to protect this bed, this project aims to both
clear some of the accumulated rubbish upstream of
the bed and to erect a proper bridge crossing..
Open up access to the delicate ecosystem of Pit 1.
As part of the educational programme for the site,
numbers of bird and bat boxes would be erected and
their occupancy recorded through a joint project with