We support the protection, management and enhancement of the rich village landscape, its wildlife and important historic and geological features by:
Our goals are simple: cleaner air and water; healthy plants, people and animals. A cleaner, greener village for us all. By using our village more sustainably and creating new habitats for wildlife, including planting more trees as well creating sustainable habitats through up-cycling, we can arrest the decline in native species and improve our biodiversity.
Connecting more people with the environment will promotes greater well-being and encourages villagers to look at emerging technologies and reap the social rewards of the clean growth revolution.
We are using this opportunity of Haselbury in Bloom to strengthen and enhance the protection of our village, surrounding countryside, local rivers and wildlife habitats and develop new methods of plant sharing, rainwater harvesting, localized composting, recycling, reusing and repurposing to support and prioritise putting the environment first.
Here in Haselbury Plucknett, we, the residents only ever hold our natural environment in trust for the next generation. By implementing our plans and ideas, the residents of Haselbury Plucknett today can become the first generation to leave the local environment in a better state than we found it and pass on to the next generation a natural environment protected and enhanced for the future.
Homes For Birds & Bees
One of Haselbury in Bloom’s most significant 2019 projects was the building of 80 birdboxes in January; the timber being donated by a local business Alberny Restorations. Some of the boxes were installed around the village at suitable locations, and others were available to purchase, with profits going towards further projects of building barn owl boxes, bat boxes and insect homes. As well as being an attractive addition to the village, the boxes provide a fantastic role in caring for the feathered residents of Haselbury Plucknett.
This project involved many volunteers in the village, as well as pupils of Haselbury Plucknett First School who were keen to learn about the importance of the boxes and try their hand at some craftsmanship!
Bug Hotels were created from recycled slates from the Church roof. Two hotels were installed in the churchyard and the remainder offered to the community (exterior FSC ply donated by Bradfords, Crewkerne; and bricks from HiB).
Bee hotels are a great way to boost the population of local pollinators. They also provide a wonderful focal point to observe the activities of bees. Follow our simple guide and make your own.
Bees are probably the most important pollinators of crops and other plants. We rely on bees to pollinate apples, plums, carrots, coffee, cotton and much more. Worryingly, many bee species are in decline, largely because of the loss of feeding and nesting habitats.
The Parish is actively engaged in environmental activities such as:
- Conserving local environments (wildlife, natural landscapes & built environment). The village has several wildlife areas, including the largest, which is a 3.3 acre woodland and conservation area, Frogg Lane, various meadows, a playing field and various roadside verges that are left uncut as wildlife verges. The village feels its environmental heritage is very important and aims to conserve and protect the local habitats.
- Recycling and composting is actively encouraged by all residents including members of the wildlife club and gardening group.
- The parish council, churches and various landowners are very keen to create, maintain and improve green spaces including the village greens, parks, verges, woodlands and churchyards.
- The Parish is busy addressing environmental issues such as the control of dog fouling, rectifying any damage to water vole and kingfisher habitats, although these are relatively rare offences in the parish. The parish council funds litter picking activity, regular mowing of grassland, maintenance of hedges, weed-killing, upkeep of the cemetery and its grass areas etc.
- The parish council works closely with the district council to maintain the conservation areas and monitors local planning applications which might be detrimental to the character of the village.
Some of last year’s plant stall profits were used to buy timber strip edging, which was painted and positioned a wing-mirror’s distance from the church wall. This verge was then backfilled with topsoil and, to reduce water usage, copious horse manure. The spring display of forget-me-nots was beautiful and should be more bountiful next year. Cosmos and feverfew, having proven to be the most tolerant of last year’s drought conditions on Church Lane, have been planted up the whole length of the wall and can be cut (in moderation) by passers-by for the vase. The verge has also been underplanted with Erigeron Karvinskianus in the hope that Church Lane will eventually require minimal maintenance throughout the season.