Good News: For the 8th successive year we have been awarded a Green Flag (Community) award. It may now to seem to be quite routine but it isn’t. Each year the judges give detailed feedback on where we could be better and each year the Trustees take careful note and act accordingly. This year we moved into a higher “scoring band” and that reflected a lot of hard work by the team of Trustees and Volunteers that works week in and week out to manage and maintain the woodland to make it the well-loved place that it is.
We are funded by voluntary contributions and the proceeds from our annual Plant Sale in May. This year’s sale was held on May 13th; the rain held off and we raised over £1,500. In addition, we receive a grant from the Parish Council and also grants for specific projects. One such grant came from the employees at Barclays Bank, Radbroke Hall in 2015 and that money has now been used for our new mower purchased from local supplier Turner Groundscare.
The regular Thursday morning volunteer working parties have now been supplemented by occasional Saturday Morning groups that are designed for people who work during the week or otherwise can’t do Thursdays. They are organised by Charles and Jacqui Bradley and have made progress with hedge planting and other development of the new Saxon Heath section. If you would like to help at any time, please contact us.
Welcome: The scheme to by-pass the village of Tarvin included screened open space between the village and the new road to reduce the impact of the road on the existing community. Over the last fifteen years, a major village asset has been created from that space. The Tarvin community has given over 10,000 hours of voluntary effort resulting in an area of woodland that now contains several hundred newly planted oak and other native hardwood trees together with a growing selection of wild flowers, birds and small animals. Its footpaths, informal tracks and adjacent bridleway are well used. Come and enjoy our living legacy. The government has published “Community-led spaces”, a guide for local authorities and community groups. This woodland is used as a case study on page 28. Click to download the booklet. In Britain we have one of the most crowded, modified landscapes in the world. Pressure on land continues to damage and fragment habitats of our native trees and wildflowers. The creation of Tarvin Community Woodland is a long term environmental scheme to provide an area that allows native flora and fauna to flourish. Please protect and enjoy the countryside and preserve it for future generations to come.