Work has started on restoring the water meadow and creating a new community space and nature reserve.
We were able to secure the help of the Community Payback team who strimmed alot of the weeds, nettles and brambles in November and December 2018. Once this was done, it enabled the tree surgeons access to assess the trees.
Some of the more urgent work to the trees, some of which were quite diseased and others very overgrown was completed in January 2019.
Action for the River Kennet (ARK) brought their volunteers and a few residents from the village helped with restoring the banks of the stream on 3 Saturdays in January/February 2019. This was done to improve the flow of the stream, which in turn cleans the silt and improves the quality of the water allowing invertebrates to establish and spawn. Wooden stakes were driven into the river bed to allow bundles of hazel branches known as faggotts to be placed in between them along the banks. These were then infilled with branches which channels the water creating a better and more sinuous flow.
The next step on Saturday 30th March 2019 is the exciting bit…………….. the planting of the marginal species such as sedge and flag iris which will soon take hold and cover the faggotts. This will create a lush bank of flowers to attract insects, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. There has already been sightings of a kingfisher, egrets and yellow wagtails.
As the year progresses, there will be more work including the creation of a dipping pond for children with a boardwalk and platform plus screening along the roadside with hedging. It might look a bit barren now, but hopefully this time next year, it will be a place to wander through and admire.
Work on getting the stakes and faggotts in place
Faggotts going in
An example of how the stream will look once planted up
ARK Froxfield Design Statement