Wild About Warnham- Village Green Proposals-  Residents Consultation

Consultation on 'Greening' the Village Green in Warnham
Acting alone, we cannot reverse biodiversity loss or halt global climate change, but we can take steps at a local level to rebuild biodiversity in the Parish by improving, restoring and increasing habitats for wildlife.

You may have already heard about the Wild About Warnham project which is being supported by the Parish Council and being led by local environment expert David Bridges.  The project aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and suggest ways in which we can all take action to reverse biodiversity loss and help prevent further environmental damage at a local (parish) level.

As part of the Wild About Warnham project, the Parish Council are asking for feedback from residents on some ideas for ‘Greening the Village Green’.  The Village Green is owned by the parish and therefore it is vital that any changes to its appearance and function are approved by residents. 

What is planned?

As an initial trial the parish council would like to leave the grass to grow long in limited areas around the edge of the green.  This will allow the wildflowers already in the soil to establish and create a nectar source for wildlife.  The areas where the grass will be left long will be clearly defined by our grass cutting contractors.  The proposed areas are marked on the enclosed map.  Some of the wildflower areas will also be planted with primrose plug plants and crocus bulbs.   The wildflower areas will be cut back in late summer.  Most of the village green would continue to be managed as usual and will look the same.

A stumpery feature made of logs is suggested for the south side of the green.  A Stumpery provides food and shelter for a huge number of invertebrates, including wood-boring beetles, solitary bees and woodlice.

The planting of alder buckthorn shrubs for a small area on the north side of the green is proposed, as this is the main food plant of the brimstone butterfly and the flowers and fruit are valuable for bees and birds.

 When will this be implemented?

Depending on the feedback from residents, we hope to implement some changes in Spring 2021.  As a trial in the first year, this could be planting snowdrops and establishing wildflower areas on certain parts of the green. 

We are really keen to hear your thoughts on these proposals.

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* 1. Are you in favour of establishing wildflower areas in the areas marked on the map below? 

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Map showing proposals

Map showing proposals

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* 2. Are you in favour of establishing a Stumpery feature in the area marked on the map?

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* 3. Are you in favour of planting alder buckthorn shrubs in the location marked on the map?

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* 4. The Parish Council aim to plant 10-15 new trees on the village green in future, please indicate if you are in favour of future tree planting

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* 5. Do you have any suggestions for further ways in which biodiversity might be increased in Warnham Parish?

Thank you for completing our survey.  The results will be published at the Parish Council meeting on 8th December 2020 and put on the Parish Council website. 
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