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Good news! Cotswolds Conservation Board awards hedgelaying grant to Freshford

posted 27 Apr 2016, 01:21 by Parish Council Communications
It was announced at the Freshford Annual Parish Meeting on 26th April that Sue Wingrove has successfully gained a hedgelaying grant from the Cotswold Conservation Board. 

The project, which arose from the Freshford and Limpley Stoke Joint Neighbourhood Plan, will lay the historic hedge along the Tyning side of Freshford Lane (using the traditional North Somerset style). Gaps will be infilled by planting native hedge species. This attention will rejuvenate it and make it attractive as well as giving it greater value for wildlife. The hedge has been left to grow last winter as it needs some height before it can be layed.

The project will be carried out in autumn/winter 2016 in the form of a three day training course with a qualified hedgelaying instructor, followed by a number of hedge planting sessions. 

The grant is from Cotswolds Conservation Board's Sustainable Development Fund and is for £2,000, just short of the £2,058.21 requested. It represents 44 per cent of the total project cost, which is £4,538.21.

The remainder of the funding is as follows:
  • Freshford Parish Council £430 
  • Friends of Freshford £250
  • Community volunteers (which the CCB consider to be a source of contributory funding to the project and valued at £50 per volunteer per day) £1,800
Freshford School have pledged help with the project and thanks are also due to the shop, as Dallas has said we can use the shop toilet for the three day course, saving £100 on the cost of hiring a portaloo.

The support from the community has been the most important factor in us being awarded this grant. The CCB wanted evidence that the project was something that the people of Freshford wanted. They also wanted to see that the community was prepared to give their time and effort in order to make it happen. So far, 25 volunteers from the village have pledged between them 36 days to carry out the work. More volunteers are sought and should contact suewingrove123@gmail.com. You would not be committing yourself at this stage until the dates are agreed but it would be good to have an idea of potential numbers. Anyone who is able to take part will find the experience richly rewarding and the results of our labours will enhance the village for years to come.