The Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust looks after 27acres (11 ha) of old pasture, traditional orchards, woodland and ponds that have been acquired by the village over the years.
A Charitable Trust started in 1997, it is based in the Grade ll listed Field Barn. Local volunteers meet every Tuesday from 10.00am until 1.00pm. During that time we carry out a wide variety of jobs depending on the time of the year. From time to time we also undertake projects in order to maintain and develop the asset’s.
We also organise events at specific times of the year to raise funds whilst at the same time bringing our local community together.
News from Field Barn
Educational Visits. Would you like to be part of our push to encourage schools to use our facilities as outdoor classrooms and switch kids on to the wonders of nature. Perhaps your children or grandchildren’s school might like to come. We do have some funding and its ideal for 7 – 11 year, Key Stage 2. If we are to encourage the next generation to conserve our environment then they need to experience its wonder first hand and grow to love it. Get in touch if you would like more information.
The combined Nature Talk and Heritage Trust Update in the Memorial Hall on Saturday16 February was well received and the audience was impressed at the range of natural history exhibited in the orchards, woods and ponds. People were also awed by the amount of work and projects undertaken by the volunteers in the last few years.
The Millennium Green – A Bit of Background
The Cleeve Prior Millennium Green Trust, (CPMGT) was set up in 1999 to purchase then farm land on Quarry Lane, and establish a new village green as part of the Millennium Celebrations. The idea being that the land would be held in perpetuity for the benefit of parishioners, for recreation and education.
There is grass to be cut, frequently, hedges to maintain, gates to be painted and repaired or replaced when vandalised, wood chip to be spread when paths get muddy, the crescent mound and Lime Kiln to be strimmed, Cow Parsley to eradicate, paths to be kept clear of brambles and briars, and a pond as well.
Since the inauguration the CPMGT have devolved the maintenance of the ‘Green’ to the Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust, because they have the body of volunteers necessary to do the physical work. Twice a year the Heritage Trust organise a working morning to help with specific tasks in the Autumn and Spring. Unfortunately the clear up on Sunday 4th November elicited a very poor response which was very disappointing. Hopefully this is down to a last minute change of date due to poor weather on the original date. However thanks to funding from the Parish Council the pond has been scraped and trees and weeds removed.
We rely heavily on the goodwill of our volunteers but it is a limited resource and it is important that those who benefit from the Millennium Green who are able to spare a few hours come and show willing a couple of times a year. So please next time you see a working party request do try to come along and help.
Note to dog owners– there are only a few who don’t pick up the poo and make it unpleasant for all and dangerous for small children using the Green. Please don’t be lazy go out with bags and use them!!!
We have several projects on the go this autumn , so if you feel in need of fresh air check out the following ! We do need more volunteers so please consider making Tuesday morning one where you have some fresh air and exercise whilst making a contribution to your community. Oh and its fun too!!
And Finally - Plum Pick Day – Thankyou
This years events went well in spite of the weather, and surprisingly there were still plums on the Community Orchard, although the best one were on the Earl’s Lane Orchard. We hope you found the gap in the Millennium Green hedge and were able to pick some. We are leaving the orchard open so you can enjoy the apples that are now ripening.
Our grateful thanks to all our volunteers and friends who worked so hard to make the events, both afternoon and evening so enjoyableand worthwhile. Thank you to all our supporters who spent so freely, we do hope you had a good time.
Dates to Remember:-
Apple Pressing 14thOctober and Millennium Green Path Clear 28th October
both events start at 10am
Brian Taylor -Trustee
Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust