Good news, received just before the end of last year, was that we had been successful in our bid for a grant of £4,000 from the Somerset County Council's Health and Well Being Fund due to support from Nigel Pearson, our County Councillor. The grant was kindly topped up by the Parish Council, Gala Committee and local donations and has been used to improve the access to the Meade with new gates and paths. Work started at the end of February and was completed in just over a week, thanks to B.E Powell and Sons contractors. It means that you can now get in and out of the Meade along the road at both ends and in the middle by the dog waste bin, so there’s no need to walk along the main road to the Clayhanger turning or to make a detour to the bin. It inevitably looks a bit raw at the moment, and we have quite a bit of tidying up and fine tuning yet to do, but it’s all usable and we are pleased to report that more people than ever are using the Meade as a result and we have received some very positive feedback.
|Fencing before path work began|
|Cutting through the new access point|
|Digger on site|
|New path taking shape|
|New access point and path|
In the middle of February we held a hedge laying training day, paid for by the Blackdown Hills AONB Natural Futures project.Two experts from the Blackdown Hills Hedge Association came and showed 4 of the Meade volunteers and 4 others how to lay a hedge in the Devon style and as a result, we not only got trained, but also a good stretch of one of our hedges was laid free of charge!
|George and Richard our trainers|
|Volunteers gathering for the hedge laying training day|
|Part of the finished hedge|
We had a lot of rain in January / February and this caused some flooding which we are trying to deal with by laying some pipes to re-direct run off, should it happen again.
|Flooding due to heavy rainfall and run off|
|Position where pipes are being laid|