News archive: September/October 2000

Narroways Millennium Green Trust meetings are held once a month in the St Werburghs area -The next meeting is at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 7th November 2000 at The Old Fox pub in Baptist Mills. All are welcome.

Wildlife Observations

As many as half a dozen young yellow and blackSlow-worms were seen under matting on local allotments. Some screeching and activity in the sycamore tree near the church gardens betrayed the presence of a jay. There was a strange sighting of a grey squirrel running down Ashley Hill and into the petrol station forecourt at dusk on 3rd September. A party of small birds, including long tailed tits was feeding in the hedgerow of the church field. These small finches and titmice often flock together in the autumn/winter. The stream near the old gas lamp has recently been cleared of rubbish and symbolically there was a grey wagtail back again, feeding in the fast flowing water.

Sophie shows off one of the small slow-worms on the allotments

There was a seminar for trustees of Millennium Greens in the South West at Swindon on 27th September. Lhojtzaa, Chris and Harry went and listened to talks by people from The Countryside Agency, Wildlife Trust and Charities Commission. Most of the greens were in rural settings but we all had things in common and it was good to meet people from the other Millennium Greens.

Our display at the conference

It was the 20th anniversary of St Werburghs City Farm in September. The City Farm first defended Narroways as open space and helped to ensure St Werburghs’ green character. Happy Birthday!

There was a remembrance ceremony and short fireworks display held on the hill last month for Les Hutchinson the popular former landlady of the Farm pub.

Continued thanks to Sweet, Hemmings, The Millennium Commission and The Countryside Agency for funding for site improvements.

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