The Meadow -Flash news!
At the end of April and beginning of May a cuckoo has been heard calling in Down Grange Meadow several times, for the first time (certainly since 2006). Regrettably our ornithology expert did not hear a reply…. so it may not stop but search on.
What a wonderful blossom Spring this is proving to be! Lets hope that this translates into a good fruit year.
As we finished the Spring working season we just about finished the mini-dead hedges we have been creating over last few months. What i the idea?
Early on in our plans for the Orchard we had a natural break point between the kick-about grass area and the beginning of the Community Orchard proper by the oak trees. This was never very clearly indicated but a few years ago we asked some of the local youngsters to plant some shrubs along that line – 5 years later some of them have done very well – others have been slower to grow. What was needed was a support frame to enable them to be encouraged to form a hedegrow – so we created the narrow dead hedging you can see, tied the scramblers to it and ‘layed’ the hazels along it. In time this will then become a ‘live hedgerow’ instead of the ‘dead’ one.
Further into the Orchard area there is another small arc of dead hedging which has been treated in the same way and again , in time , will form a live hedge. neither of these features is intended to grow more than four feet high but should present the birds and insects with flowers and berries during the year.
The seventh AGM was held in the Kempshott Village Hall on 27th October. The following documents are available for viewing or download:
Chairman’s Report 2013
Statement of Accounts 2013
Annual General Meeting Minutes 2013
In association with the Kempshott and District Residents Asssociation Kempshott Conservation Group will be planting two memorial standard Hawthorn trees beside the path from Kendal Gardens to Derwent Road.
Further details of their dedication and the planting will follow.
The new Jubilee Copse in Down Grange Meadow, Kempshott is one more step in the enrichment of green spaces in Basingstoke. This new area of planting complements the adjacent copse created in 2008 and marks Kempshott’s contribution to Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee Year.
To mark the occasion the Mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr. Biermann and the Lady Mayoress inspected the work carried out and added the last spade of soil to the planting The whole project was then given a blessing by the Reverend Kelvin Taylor of St Mark’s Church.
The Mayor and Mayoress, who are both keen supporters of nature conservation, were conducted round the Down Grange Meadow site and heard details of the biodiversity restoration work that has been carried out over the last five years.
This latest development, to create the next generation of mixed woodland on the site, has combined planting material from the Woodland Trust, young elm saplings (part of a national Elm Conservation Project trialling the reintroduction of disease resistant strains of elm across the country), two specimen trees ( a rowan and a whitebeam) donated by the Kempshott & District Residents Association and bushes of hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn and elder grown by the Group.itself.
Over a dozen Worting St Thomas Scouts volunteered to plant the whips and small shrubs for us – despite pretty wet weather through most of the first half of November. Thanks guys! Pictures are here>>>
Steve was able to give the Mayor & Lady Mayoress a conducted walk round Down Grange Meadow prior to the inauguration. Both were both interested in the work the group is doing.
Mayor & Lady Mayoress talking to Steve Goodwin talking just before the cerremonial planting
In the background are representatives of Worting St Thomas Scouts who helped in the planting of the actual copse. They did a sterling job depite the first time they turned up on site, two thirds of the copse was under water!
The Mayor saying a few words during the inauration
Many thanks go the Kelvin and members of his congregation who have provided support to the group. Kelvin did the honours when we planted the Community Copse in 2009.
…. and a nice letter from the Mayor
Sixth AGM held on the 14th of October 2012 in the Kempshott village hall. The following documents are available for viewing or download:
Chairman’s Report for 2012 (MS Word)
Financial Statement 2012 (MS Excel)
Minutes of the Sixth Annual General Meeting (MS Word)