The A259 Hedge Project

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There has been great progress in work on planning the hedge project since our last meeting on March 18th. This is the first part of the programme to enhance the area north and south of the A259 as it crosses Bosham. The old field hedge needs regeneration for the advantage of wildlife and the improvement of the area. It runs from the Swan roundabout, along Penwarden Way, Broadbridge Drive and Brooks Lane to Highgrove Farm.

We have now secured sufficient funding to start. We warmly thank the WSCC Communities Fund and Section 106 and Bosham Parish Council, who are planning the erection of a notice-board to carry information about the programme and the donors. The Bosham Association have generously adopted the work as this year’s project for which we are particularly grateful. Come and learn more at St. Nicholas Hall on April 24th. From individuals we have already received a number of pledges of donations to buy a tree or other plants, some in memory of a loved one.

Meanwhile we have been making the necessary preliminary enquiries into the location of underground utility services (we mustn’t hit a water-pipe or electricity cable) and checking health and safety issues. Everyone hopes work will begin in late August/early September after the nesting season, when the WSCC begins the creation of two new paths through the hedge. This is to improve access to the ‘bus stops and shops for mobility-scooter users, parents with pushchairs and other pedestrians.  We also hope there may be the possibility of a short path from the south-east corner of Brooks Lane across the green to the houses at the beginning of Brooks Lane. No more trying to get a wheelchair or toddlers through the muddy grass there we hope.

Then in September the WSCC Amenities Volunteers will come to help us remove the old concrete, wire and rubbish from the hedge, particularly along Broadbridge Drive, so we shall need all hands to the wheelbarrow! Volunteers from ALL parts of Bosham are invited to put September 11th in their diaries to come and give their support for a few hours or days as the work will continue for two weeks.

Then October 14/15th will be our planting weekend. Young and old will be invited to bring a picnic and join in planting trees, bushes and bulbs, so please keep that date free. We hope a film will be made of the various parts of the project, so wear your prettiest wellies and come to be immortalised in the history of the village. Wildflowers, plants and seed, will be introduced along both sides of the hedge next Spring and we shall have a programme of on-going care particularly watering, so if you would like to be put on our list of active volunteers, whether to donate or to wield a shovel, rake or brush or to keep us fortified with tea and buns, please complete the following form and return to jbentallm@yahoo.co.uk or margaretdevitt1@gmail.com.

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A259  HEDGE PROJECT.

I/We wish to donate a tree or bushes (the cost will be between £10 & £90 according to what plant you wish to donate. (A list of native trees and bushes is available to choose from and no money is needed until October.).

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I/We hope to offer help in September and/or October. (Volunteers will be contacted to attend a preparation meeting in July or August with Mr. Darren Rolfe of the WSCC Amenity Volunteers to plan how we get involved.)

 

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