Latest News from Lambourn Environmental Group

The Lambourn Environmental Group has been set up to alleviate climate change, increase biodiversity and enhance the local environment.

If you would like to be on their mailing list about future planting, please email: trees@lambourn.org

November 2023

We are planning to do more planting this winter and would like to hear from kind volunteers if they can help. We want to plant a dozen small trees as part of a hedge at the top of Folly Road. The holes will be pre-dug but the trees will need planting and staking and deer guards added.
There will also be 420 whips (the tiny trees about 12″ high). This is on the Brunskill’s land.
 
We also intend to plant three biggish trees near the British Legion on Upper Lambourn Road. This is WBC land.
 
We are reliant on the suppliers providing the trees at the dates we request! 
Provisionally we are aiming for the morning of Saturday 25 November 2023.
 
Please email trees@lambourn.org if you can help and full details and times nearer the date.

We have also created a new Eco Patch habitat at the top of Close End to support biodiversity. We have established a lavendar hedge, shrubs and polinator friendly plants. If you would like a similar patch near you please contact us. We get full permission from the council first.

February 2023

On the cold windy afternoon of Wednesday 1 February, Lambourn School Year 5s were ferried down to Bockhampton Meadow, at the Eastern end of the village, to perform the task of planting 60 native sapling species as part of a hedgerow. After an enthusiastic interactive session on how hedgerows are important to wildlife and livestock all the children set to with boundless energy and increasing competence to complete the planting in less than 45 minutes!

The plants, canes and guards were all provided free as part of a set of 420 by the Woodland Trust, to Lambourn Environmental Group. LEG has planted the other 360 there, as well as 25 larger trees provided by West Berks Council as part of the late Queen’s Green Canopy project.

This is the second year in which LEG and the School have collaborated and we have every intention of making it an annual event. Permission to plant and help planting the larger trees was graciously provided by the landowner, Rooksnest Estate.

 

 

December 2022

Our lovely volunteers planted 250 hedging whips at Bockhampton Meadow on Tuesday 27 December at the eastern end of Bockhampton Road, beyond the surgery entering the meadow via the footpath. 

Thanks to a band of resolute planters, 18 trees were in the ground in a record one hour last Saturday! Brilliant work helping the climate.

If you’d like to help with future tree and hedge planting, please e-mail trees@lambourn.org or ring Adrian Neal on 07919 555744.

June 2022

The State of Britain’s hedgehogs report from February 2022 surprisingly revealed that although urban populations are stable, it is rural hedgehogs that are in sharp decline with three quarters of them being lost in the last twenty years.

So we decided to ask local residents to report their sightings of hedgehogs in Lambourn. 

We have had a slow but steady response of sightings.

The red areas on the map indicate their reported whereabouts so far.

As you can see they appear to be all around the village but we still have lots of gaps.

So if you see hedgehogs please keep sending the reports to trees@lambourn.org with the postcode of the location.

Reproduced by kind permission of copyright holder Standbrook Guides.

Hogs are out and about now and we have frequently seen mating or pecking order behaviour on our own garden video camera. Who knows, you might even see the first litters of hoglets from now on.

So please keep your reports coming in and help us to fully understand the range of Lambourn’s hog community!

If you think there are hogs in your area do leave out a shallow bowl of water for them to drink from, especially in hot weather. Dry cat food or special hedgehog food are best if you want to feed them.

And please also seriously consider creating a ‘hedgehog highway’ (as promoted by campaigner Hugh Warwick) in and out of your garden so the hogs can travel freely to find food and a mate. This simply involves making a ground level hog-sized hole in your garden fence.

 

March 2022

On 15 March Year 5 pupils at Lambourn C of E School visited North Fields to plant over 60 young trees called ‘whips’ as part of their Science week. The following day it poured with rain so the little trees were well watered! That completed our first big planting project.

The LEG volunteers who worked with the children reported that “It was a splendid example of REAL EDUCATION based on first hand experience.  The children all fully engaged and extremely well behaved and polite.  A credit to Lambourn Primary School.”

Lambourn school pupils plant trees

 

February 2022 Planting on Sheepdrove Field

On Saturday 12 February thirty larger trees from West Berkshire Council for the Queen’s Green Canopy Project were planted by 17 willing volunteers from the village. The weather was dry with a bitter wind but then the rain the following day watered them in nicely.

A big thanks to all the supporters of this great ‘green’ community project. A special thank you goes to Paul Hendry from West Berks Council and district councillor Howard Woollaston for his help with the negotiations for the trees and to Mike who works at Sheepdrove who transported trees, compost, stakes etc to the site and stayed all morning working hard.

Thank you to Oliver Steed for the photography (see more photos on lambourn.org here).

January 2022 Planting on Sheepdrove Field

A community orchard of over 30 fruit trees has already been planted on North Farm Close Open Space which is land owned by West Berkshire Council near Sheepdrove Road. They are a mixture of apple, pear and gages with the addition of a quince donated by Lambourn Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Spence who is a knowledgable horticulturalist.

Peter Kindersley from Sheepdrove has very kindly offered land near the community orchard and the Wantage Road for more tree planting to create a community woodland. 

Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up on Saturday 29 January to plant 500 whips on Sheepdrove Field. The weather was kind and it took less than 2 hours as about 40 people turned up to help.

400 whips (saplings) provided by the Woodland Trust included hawthorne, birch, goat willow, crab apple and oak. The Women’s Institute also contributed 100 trees in celebration of their centenary.

West Berkshire Council are also donating 55 larger trees as part of the national Queen’s Green Canopy Project to help protect the small trees. 

Access is allowed from three points.

1) North Farm Close Open Space and along the bottom of Sheepdrove Field, parallel to the Wantage Road (B4001)
2) At the top of Sheepdrove Road via the footpath, next to Highfield House, along the top of edge of Sheepdrove Field and then down by the hedge.
3) Up Sheepdrove Road, second opening into Sheepdrove Field beyond the mobile phone mast. Along the hedge to meet the footpath by Highfield House then down. 

 

N.B. It is important that any vehicles are parked with consideration, avoiding North Farm Close. Thank you. 
North Farm Close is at the bottom left hand corner. Planting areas marked in red and blue.

Blossom in Spring – Prunus Tai Haku

We were lucky to receive 5 of the 250 Prunus Tai Haku being shared throughout West Berks as a legacy following the covid pandemic and retirement of Chief Executive Nick Carter. 

On Saturday 11 December 2021 ten robust diggers aged between 14 and 80 years old spent the morning planting them at the foot of Northfield opposite North Farm Close, on the Wantage Road on the outskirts of Lambourn.
 
We hope that they will thrive and make a real impact on that corner as you come into the village.

How to Get Involved

If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive more information about future planting, please email: trees@lambourn.org
 
To hear more from the organisers Penny Brewer and Ruth Andreski, listen to their interview with Penny Locke here (From 4 mins 10 secs)
 
If you would like to see how Woodland Trust suggest the planting here is a link to their video:
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