About a year ago the Parish Council agreed to follow up the Chairman’s initiative in creating increased biodiversity areas around the village and encouraging residents to become involved.
Following a report on this project in the Contact a number of residents contacted the Clerk and Chairman to express support and interest in being involved. As a result, areas around the village have been left unmown during this summer to encourage grass and wild flowers to grow. These include Lake Walk Green, Tanners Lane areas of grass/verge and St Mary’s Road entrance.
When the grass was mown in September at St Mary’s Road, residents removed the risings and have planted seeds from wildflowers. Bollards have been agreed with OCC for St Mary’s Road to discourage vehicles from parking on the area of grass. The residents have also begun to develop log piles in this area.
Amenity areas on the Aynho Road, Longwall Close and Sydenham Close, will be managed for meadow plants through agreement with CDC which has responsibility for these amenity areas. CDC has begun the project in Long Wall Close amenity area, leaving some areas as meadow grass and mowing only a pathway through. The area produced a good show of wild flowers during the summer.
In the Sydenham Close amenity area, CDC has begun the clearance of sycamores and coppicing of hazel as the first part of this project. More work will take place this autumn.
Residents in Sydenham Close have shown keen interest in volunteering to help manage that area and a number of meetings have been held with CDC to discuss creating a residents’ volunteer group.
As part of this project the PC has worked with the Christopher Rawlins School to develop a ‘Forest School’ area on the PC land opposite, next to Vera Wood Close. The PC has received 15 small fruiting trees from the Woodland Trust for planting in the Forest School area and possibly at The Rise. These have been planted in a ‘nursery bed’ until the autumn when they will be planted as part of the children’s own scheme. The Adderbury WI have also expressed a wish to be involved in the tree planting.