Tony Tynan, influential convservationist and the driving force behind our Community Orchard, passed away in September 2018.
We have dedicated a page to him under our Orchard section and you can read about his huge contribution to our village heritage and conservation campaigns here
Its been a very busy Autumn and early Winter for the Conservation Group. As we near the festive season and look forward to putting out feet up, here’s a summary with photos of everything that’s been going on, click on any photo to enlarge –
Reserve Pathways and Bridges
This substantial project, aided by the Tyne and Wear Community Foundation was completed at the end of November. Contractors with heavy equipment cut the pathways, laying stone and topping with fine chippings before machine rolling. This surface will continue to harden over the winter for a lasting result, more usable by those with buggies and wheelchairs than the old muddy paths. The new pathways are a long-awaited improvement to the Reserve:
The large bridge over the pond was dismantled and refurbished, while a new small bridge was also built for the lower pond. Both bridges are wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and buggies. The lower pond area has also been dredged and extended to create a larger shallow pond that will have a dipping platform, ideal for future educational events. This should be built and in place by Spring 2018.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us on the bridge building days, it was fantastic to see people turn out to help:
Our new charcoal burner was commissioned on 25th November, when we burnt a batch of willow, coppiced from the Reserve earlier this year. Under expert guidance we prepared, loaded and lit the burner. After a substantial amount of smoke initially, the furnace settled down and after a few hours we had a batch of usable charcoal, ideal for art, or we may use some for a future BBQ event. Willow charcoal burns quite quickly and we may make some hardwood charcoal to sell in the future, but we’re happy with our first attempt:
We have two Exmoor Ponies on loan from the Moorland Mousie Trust for the next few weeks. They are doing a great job of munching through all the scrub, helping to leave an environment which will encourage meadow plants in the Spring. They are very well tempered, but please keep dogs at a safe distance and on a lead as you wander through the Reserve.
The Clara Vale Conservation Group Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 7.30pm at Clara Vale Village Hall. All welcome, come and find out more about us – you never know, you might just be inspired to join in!
The CVCG committee were delighted to receive a donation recently of £33.00, courtesy of Jake Raad (age 7 and a half).
Jake had decided to raise money over Christmas by making mince pies and selling them around the village. And very successful he was too, as he sold all of them. The word on the street was that they were ‘exceedingly good’.
The money will go towards our winter bird feed supply; many thanks Jake for your idea, effort and support!