Spring is always a busy time for us in terms of land and wildlife management, finishing off tree works before bird nesting season starts and working to get the fishery ready for the new season. We also have the annual preparations for our historic Hocktide fortnight from Tuesday 23 April (the first Tuesday after Easter) until Sunday 6 May, with the highlight being Tutti Day on Tuesday 30 April (see below for details).
This year we are also excited to have the judging of our first Hungerford Community Award (extended application deadline: Sunday 10 March).
Fish Spawn Collection
We’ve been working with Environment Agency to gather dace spawn to be hatched into young fish that will be used to help re-stock rivers where needed in the area.
Brood stock were selected from the stretch of the River Kennet that we manage at Lower Denford. 49 females and an equal number of males were transported to the fish farm at Calverton.
All 49 females were spawned on Thursday producing approximately 500,000 eggs. Hopefully around 90% will be successfully fertilised.
Fry will be grown in ponds at Calverton before being released in to various rivers in response to pollution incidents or other problems.
Parking Problems for the Weekly Market
The veg man arrives about 4.30am on a Wednesday morning and if anyone is parked in his place he will go away and MIGHT NOT COME BACK as it has happened twice already this year.
Please contact us on [email protected] or 01488 686555 if you know who specifically might need reminding about this.
Our Support of the Fire Service
Town & Manor CEO Jed Ramsay has passed the initial training course and is now a retained firefighter at Hungerford station. He will be on call whilst also working in the Town Hall.
“I’m delighted to be a retained firefighter,” Jed said. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do as far back as I can remember! There’s a great team of people working at the Fire Station and I hope I’ll be able to play my part in providing emergency response to Hungerford.”
Bellman Julian Tubb was also in the fire service for 30 years so this is a good continuation of our support.