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.
Make A Nestbox Day
I am holding a workshop day again this year at Field Barn. Come and make your own nestbox on Saturday 3rd November. This can be any nestbox for any animal - Bat, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Kestrel, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Hedgehog, Robin, House Sparrow, Starling etc. Many of the boxes made last year were reported to have had nests in them this year.
If you are interested in animal conservation, and would like to make your own home for nature, book a place now, places are limited. Depending on box size, the costs start at £5 which pays for the wood and other materials and some light refreshments. Any surplus will be donated to The Heritage Trust. Please also state what type of box you would like to make. All wood and details of your box will be ready for you on the day, all you need to bring is your own hammer and screwdriver, saws provided!
Even if you have attended one of my events before and you don't want to make one for yourself, they make ideal Christmas presents, or you may even like to donate them for the Millennium Green, Field Barn or the Sanctuary. You can never have enough boxes for nature in your garden and if you prefer you could make a bird table instead! For more information or to book a place, please email Peter a.s.a.p. email@example.com
Only 10 spaces available, please dont just turn up on the day
Out and About in the Orchards
Autumn, It’s a lovely time of year for a walk so why not wander up to the Community Orchards - its that time of year when leaves start to drop. Leaf scrunching great fun! There is still fruit on the trees, a good food source for animals and birds and of course ideal for apple juice and cider making.
Apple Pressing day - Sunday 14thOct 10am
Bring your own apples or harvest some from Plot 8 or the Earls Lane Orchard. Why not bring the kids and join in the fun - washing the apples, crushing in the ‘scratter’, pressing the pulp, and lastly filling the bottles. DON’T FORGET THE BOTTLES. Plastic fruit juice bottles with a wide lip are best for freezing. The juice will only last 4 days in the fridge. Pasteurising is available but takes a while.
Millennium Green Path Clearance - Sunday 28thOct 10am.
The paths are getting overgrown with brambles and Hawthorn , so we are having a Clear UP morning. You bring boots and gloves and we will bring the tools, coffee/ fruit juice, and biscuits. Come along and make the ‘Green’ a more enjoyable place for walking.
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
Make A Nestbox Day
Saturday 3rd November
10am - 4pm
Limited spaces contact
We are a non-profit organisation and welcome any kind of support. If you would like to support us, please check out the support us page for more information or select from the donation options below.
Cleeve Prior Heritage Trust