Greening Press Release

Greening Presentation

  Greening Galleywood

- placing wildlife in the heart of a parish

Greening Galleywood is a Heritage Lottery Funded, Galleywood Parish Council initiative project started in July 2006, to promote and sustain biodiversity improvements at key sites within the parish - see original Press Release The Greening Galleywood legacy is supported each year with ongoing maintenance of the project, the sites and its aims in placing wildlife at the heart of the parish.

Galleywood Parish Council Chairman Bob Villa introduced Cllr John Turkentine who gave a project completion presentation to Parishioners on Wednesday 19th August 2006 at the Keene Hall. This initial three year project “placing wildlife in the heart of a parish” received £25,000 in July 2006 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to train volunteers in a variety of natural history, environmental and traditional rural craft skills enabling them to undertake the surveying of some twenty identified key sites within the Parish and to establish biodiversity improvements, document and publish the results of the project and formulate a 10 year sustainability management plan that lasts into 2019. The training workshops run by various experts covered a diverse range of flora and fauna – reptiles, bats, hedge rows, fungi, pruning apple trees, coppicing Hornbeam, identifying wildflowers and trapping small mammals. Galleywod Parish Council is supporting the project plans beyond 2019 and is looking for sugestions on where we might take this programme to the nex level.

The original presentation plotted the progress of this unique project from it’s inception in 2005, prompted by an impromptu walk around the Parish by the late Bernard Cooper, Cllr John Turkentine and Essex Wildlife co-ordinator Claire Cadman, who recognised that Galleywood parish has an abundance of wildlife and the enthusiasm within the parishioners to ensure that this heritage could be sustained and improved for future generations to enjoy. John explained that all of the key sites had to be accessible to the public, i.e. adjacent to a highway or public right of way (footpath) and also have the permission of the land owner. The resulting 14 key sites adopted for the project are on land owned by - Parklands Farm, Galleywood Parish Council, Chelmsford Borough Council, St Michael and All Angels, Galleywood Infants School and St Michael's Junior School.

Without the significant support of volunteer parishioners, students of Thriftwood, Galleywood Infants School and St Michael’s Junior School, parties of international Scouts attending the 2007 Centenary Jamboree at Hylands, Galleywood Rights of Way (GRoW), Great Baddow and Galleywood Environmental Group, The Princes Trust, Tony Rouy and his intrepid band of ‘Twitchers’ and the Mormons this project could not have been completed. Eight interpretation boards have already been sited at the major key sites, and all 14 are mapped on an information board shortly to be erected in the grounds of the new Galleywood Heritage Centre.

John invited Steve Plumb the Greening Galleywood biodiversity improvement adviser, Tony Rouy (Chief Twitcher) and Malcolm Stuart (GRoW) to explain their involvement in the project. The appreciative audience were informed that the project publication is currently being compiled for publication in the next couple of months. David Stacy and Robin Strudwick, on behalf of St Michael and All Angels, thanked the project team for the extraordinary work undertaken to clear the neglected and invasive Laurel and the planting of a traditional Hawthorn hedgerow around the churchyard boundary.

For further information on how you can help to sustain this project contact the Clerk to Galleywood Parish Council, Telephone :- 01245 358898 or e-mail :-clerk@galleywoodparioshcouncil.org.uk

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