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Corsham Community Area leading the way on “All Things Green”

Corsham Community Area leading the way on “All Things Green”

During the first half of Corsham Area Board meeting held on the 20th July, many from our community came together to share about some of the local ‘Green’ projects happening within our area. These included:

Springfield Community Gardens – As story of weeds to wildflower
If you have not been down to Springfield Community Campus recently, you should go and have a look around. Whilst there are a lot of fantastic activities happening within the building and the play area is extremely popular, the land between them had become unkempt and a mess. Thanks to the support of the Corsham Area Board and many volunteers, it has been transformed to a lovely place that people want to go to and spend time in. A big thank you was given to all those who have helped including Transcoco, Brunel Shed and the community groups who have taken on the maintenance of the raised beds. A great deal has been achieved in 6 months and there are plans to continue improving the area over the coming year. If you would like to be involved, then do get in touch with Richard.rogers@wiltshire.gov.uk. This could be simply going on the rota to mow the grass, helping with the three or four work days a year, helping with coordination, keeping the area tidy of a project of your own.

Prettying of Pickwick
A great example of the local residents taking over some of their local area and through keeping it clean and tidy as well as adding some planters they have made it a lovely place to be. More and more people are taking responsibility for their own streets and neighbourhoods. If this is something you want to do then do get in touch with Richard.rogers@wiltshire.gov.uk

Colerne Garden Club and Colerne School
The club received a grant from the Area Board about a year ago and have been working with the school to help the children learn about and experience the joys of gardening. This includes growing vegetables and looking after chickens! It has been a huge success and they have been successful in obtaining further funding to be able to offer more. A huge thank you to Cleo and Tim who have put so much hard work and enthusiasm into this. A short video has been made by Digital Corsham about the project and this was shown at the meeting. You can also view it by going to the Corsham TV website

Learning about wildflower areas
We are very fortunate to have Peter Harper living in Corsham. He is a passionate ecologist who has written many articles and books. Peter has been helping us locally with our projects and at the meeting, he spoke about the wildflower meadow including putting up interpretation boards, making them interesting in winter and some of what you can find in them. This included some fascinating insights into the life of bugs and why plants have been given the names they have

Transcoco
Nikki Kenna spoke about some of the amazing work that Transcoco are up to locally. This included the recent addition of two small orchards, the work they do to encourage bees as well as the many eco projects that they help with. She also reminded us that Corsham is a Fairtrade town and announced that they are working on Wiltshire becoming a Fairtrade county

There was also a time of sharing and looking ahead. Alongside a warning from the Sun and Tick team to be careful when out and about and get tick bites seen to straight away, we heard from Dave Wright on an exciting proposal to improve Box Hill Common. If it gets the go ahead next week, more information will be coming out about this soon.

If you want to get involved in helping out on any ‘Green’ projects then do get in touch with Richard.rogers@wiltshire.gov.uk and I will do my best to help you

There is something for everyone and the rewards are great.


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