Community hedge planting day Saturday 5th December 2020

Join us on Saturday 5th December 2020 11am onwards for another hedge planting session along the front edge of the water meadow. This vital work is so the hedge will grow to create screening and a reduction in traffic noise.

Social distancing and the most current Government guidance will be followed. Please bring your own spade/ trowel, gloves and refreshments.

Advanced booking is essential – Please email anna@riverkennet.org

Great turnout for the watermeadow clear up day!

On a damp Saturday 24th October, 14 stalwart villagers donned their gloves and wellies and got stuck in clearing nettles and weeds from the sapling hedge that was planted along the footpath of the water meadow.  Weed membrane was put down and barrowfuls of bark chippings kindly donated from a local tree surgeon were applied as a mulch over the top to supress regrowth of the nettles. The rain held off just long enough to do the whole hedge.  It now looks much tidier and will give the saplings a much better chance to get established.

Thanks to all those who gave their time to help out!


ARK stream dipping event a great success!

The Froxfield stream dipping event organised by ARK on Saturday 18th May 2019 was a great success. It was lovely to see a good turn out of children as well as adults  who all enjoyed learning about the creatures found in our little chalk stream and their part in the eco system.

It was very pleasing that 5 ‘indicator species’ of invertebrates were found which means the stream is healthy and thriving after the recent work done in January and February by ARK volunteers and villagers to improve the flow and quality of the water.

The new planting of 1700 marginal plants that was completed in March to create the new stream bank is really starting to grow; the flag iris especially are shooting up and will look wonderful when they flower.

It is hoped that the remaining work to create the nature reserve with the boardwalk and dipping pond will soon be taking place as funding has been secured from a Pocket Parks grant and also a Lottery grant.