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News Roundup For:  September 2017

Culpeper Meadow Hay MakingNow that autumn is upon us, I hope that the harvest is completed and the produce is stored ready for the winter.

This year, the very warm and dry weather during the first half of the year meant that a good hay crop from the meadows looked unlikely. However, the late summer rain helped and when the weather finally came good over the August bank holiday weekend, 95 large and 50 small bales of hay were harvested.

As Christmas and the start of a new year is approaching quickly, thoughts have been given to the 2018 Meadows Trust Calendar and it has been decided that new photographs are required for the calendar. The Trust would be pleased to receive photographs from all budding amateur photographers for possible inclusion in the 2018 Meadows Calendar.

The photographs need to be in landscape format, in colour and of excellent resolution to enable them to be enlarged to A4 size. Ideally (but not necessarily) the photos should have a “nature” or "outdoors" theme.

The photographs should be sent to musketlane@btinternet.com in ideally jpg format to enable transmission to the printers. The deadline for entries is Midnight on Sunday 15th October 2017.

There will be no payment or prizes, but those whose pictures are included in the calendar will be credited in the calendar against their photographs and the contributor will be given three copies for their friends or family. They make an ideal Christmas present or gift, and even if you are not fortunate enough to be included in the calendar, you may find your photograph(s) will be published on the Meadows Trust website.

Matthew Scott, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded the Meadows Trust £750 from his Communities Together Fund, which is to be used to assist in the purchase of a Fleming 4’ Topper. This Topper will help with maintaining the long grass habitats.

A note for your diaries, is that the Meadows Trust Annual General Meeting has been arranged for 7.00pm on Friday 3rd November 2017. Further details will be published nearer the time not only in this bulletin but also on the Meadows Trust website.

Once again could I remind all dog owners to please use the Dog Bins provided. Or, if you see other irresponsible owners please could you point them in the right direction.

If you would like to help with the planting or any other projects  and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community  or if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree which would make a great present for a loved one, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  August 2017

Wild Cherry TreeLest We ForgetAs I write, the weather has been very unsettled since the beginning of the school holidays and hope that by the time you read this article we have managed to enjoy some dry, warm and sunny days.

In 2016 a pair of wild cherry trees were planted opposite one another. These can be seen in Flower Meadow as you exit Culpeper Meadow via the new wooden bridge. One tree was intended for sponsorship, whilst the other was to be kept as a spare. Early in July 2017 Ben decided instead of offering the tree for sponsorship, the Trust would do something a little different. So to coincide with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of The Battle of Passchendaele, a special plaque was erected adjacent to this tree. If anyone would like to adopt, sponsor or make a donation to help with the upkeep of this special tree, please contact Ben via our website, or if preferred you can contact him directly on 07968 123 165.


Apart from the installation of two metal path marker posts in the far top corner of Culpeper Meadow, it has been normal summer maintenance for Ben and the volunteers, i.e. cutting and strimming the grassed areas and paths.

It has been noticed that dog fouling of the footpaths has increased significantly over the last month or so. Whether this is due to the longer summer evenings resulting in increased usage of the Meadows we are not sure, but whatever the reason, it is extremely unpleasant for other visitors, and especially for those trying to maintain the Meadows, as it is very unpleasant being sprayed with “dog fouling” whilst strimming the long grass. If you are a dog owner then please use the Dog Bins provided. Or, if you see other irresponsible owners please could you point them in the right direction.


If you would like to help with the planting or any other projects  and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community  or if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree which would make a great present for a loved one, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  July 2017

Ben watering the Windmill Meadow hedgerow with the new pumped bowserBen watering the Windmill Meadow hedgerow with the new pumped bowserOn the evening of Saturday the 24th of June the Hollingbourne W.I. and The Meadows Trust organised a successful MIDSUMMER DAY event. It took place in Culpeper Meadow, starting near the entrance. Around 30 people attended and the idea was that anybody who had a dedicated tree should bring a candle, safely stuck in a jam jar, which was then to be lit and placed near to the tree.  Each tree was visited in turn and if the sponsor was present the reason/history behind its sponsorship was given. In some cases poems were recited after which everyone tucked into their picnics and chatted to each other as the sun went down. The event finished at about 10:30 and was a great success, and is very likely to be repeated next year. So watch this space…

It’s been normal summer activities in the Meadows this month with plenty of grass mowing & strimming. The lack of volunteers due to holidays has put paid to anything but the most essential maintenance. Due to the absence of volunteers, Ben has had to improvise by mechanising some of the most important tasks. He is now able to water the coppice and hedges with a pumped bowser all on his own (Pictured above). Previously this would have been carried out by a team of volunteers with watering cans. During the exceptionally hot and dry spell he managed to apply 18000 litres of water over 2 days to help keep the newly planted trees alive.

Although the sheep have been temporally removed from Godfrey House Meadow, dog walkers please be aware, they are likely to be returned at very short notice. So if you enter Godfrey House Meadow, or any other meadow come to that, please look out for sheep. If they are present please keep your dog on a short lead so that no harm comes to them. Any dog can become a sheep worrier regardless of how sweet and cuddly it may seem to its owner. Therefore please abide by the Countryside Code.

If you would like to help with the planting or any other projects  and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community  or if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree which would make a great present for a loved one, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  June 2017

Culpeper Donation SignAs I write, Kent has experienced some periods of heavy rainfall although this is still well below the average for the year. Hopefully we will receive enough rainfall to prevent drought orders coming into place but without affecting our enjoyment of planned summer activities.

On Saturday 10th June, The Meadows Trust supported the Hollingbourne Fete by managing the car parking in the Lance Memorial Field as well as The Trust’s own pitch adjacent to the arena. The Trust would like to offer their sincere thanks to Alan Williams, Alex Hodges, Cat Brown, Dave Clements, Keith Pockett and Ivor Tapsfield for their time and effort they freely gave up as without their assistance, the fete would not have been the success that it was.
Thank you to all who gave their donations to The Meadows Trust which amounted to a total of £530.05 on the day. Below is a breakdown of how the money was raised.

     • Car Park = £362.35
     • Stall = £39.29
     • Gift Aid = £100.41
     • Card Sales = £28.00

Back in the meadows and a great deal of time has been spent on keeping the grass under control. While it has been dry, there has been enough rainfall to keep the grass growing. The path mowing and strimming has been entirely down to Ben and Ian Willy’s hard work.

Those who regularly walk in Culpeper Meadow will probably have noticed a new sign as you exit the meadow (Pictured above). Its placement is intended to highlight the fact that the Trust operates entirely on donations, it has no other form of income. The sign incorporates a QR code which is linked to our “mydonate” operated by BT. If you have enjoyed your walk(s) in the Meadows and you would like to make a donation, please give it a try.

A number of plaque posts & plaques have been installed adjacent to newly sponsored celebration trees. In Flower Meadow a taller post is being trialled. These are more visible being two foot above ground, hopefully making it less likely for dogs to run into them.

A number of failed hedging plants have been replaced between Culpeper and Flower Meadow. Despite the recent heavy rain showers in June, watering continues on 48 trees that were planted last year and earlier this spring. Without the watering they would surely die, but the older trees should now be able to cope without assistance.

Dog walkers please be aware that 20 sheep have been placed in Godfrey House Meadow. If you enter this meadow please keep your dog on a short lead so that no harm comes to the sheep. Any dog can become a sheep worrier regardless of how sweet and cuddly it may seem to its owner. Therefore please abide by the Countryside Code.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  May 2017

Sams VideoAs I write this, Kent has experienced rainfall well below average this year. Hopefully we will receive enough rainfall to prevent drought orders coming into place but without compromising the planned summer activities.

The Meadows Trust will once again be supporting the village fete on Saturday 10th June in the Lance Memorial field. The team will be managing the car parking again and aim to make this as successful as last year. Donations for a copy of the programme will be collected at the gate and these will be put to good use. The Trust will also have a stand at the fete and so please call and say hello and see what we have been doing and what projects are planned.

We have received a very complimentary email from a visitor to the meadows and the writer said "...we could clearly see someone was looking after it all in a most unusual way; someone with a passion to hold on to something rather precious, protecting swathes of land from neglect and possible inappropriate development; someone with a vision that would ensure future generations could continue to benefit from and enjoy what we have today. We saw a positive caring for the environment and the biodiversity around us; evidence of concern and a desire to show that we can live in harmony and with respect for our natural surroundings." If you would like to read the complete email then please click here.

In the past month the team consisting of Ben assisted by Alex, Nathan and Malcolm have been very busy mulching the trees to prevent weed growth and help retain moisture. A total of 63000 litres of mulch was applied to 1100 trees in over 6 and a half days. Over the next 4 days, the team, this time assisted by Adriana, treated 1200 trees to 14000 litres of water to help them survive and keep them healthy during this dry period.

There is a new video on the meadows which has been created by Sam (Pictured above), one of the students, as part of her degree course and this can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

Sightings of Nightingales and Skylarks have been confirmed in the meadows along with confirmation of Slow Worms, mice, voles, lizards in the long grass habitats. However some visitors are regularly walking through these habitats and it would be helpful if everyone could remain on the clear footpaths as we need to retain, undamaged, the areas for the wildlife.

Hollingbourne WI and The Meadows Trust are organising a MIDSUMMER DAY event in the meadows near to the Culpeper entrance at around 8pm on Saturday 24th June 2017. The idea is that anybody who has a dedicated tree should bring a candle, safely stuck in a jam jar, which they will light near it. If you don’t have a tree - come anyway. We will all gather around the trees and say a poem or two at each one! When we have finished the walk we will tuck into our picnics, chat to each other until we have seen the sun go down and then walk home. A simply lovely idea. Candle, picnic and poem plus any other comforts that you wish to bring are all that is needed for this evening with your neighbours. We would love to see you there.

For more information contact Ben on 07968 123165 or a member of Hollingbourne WI.

If you would like to help with the planting or any other projects and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on 07968 123165.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community or if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree which would make a great present for a loved one, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  April 2017

Nathan Sage and Alex HodgesWhile walking in Culpeper Meadow, you may have noticed the recent appearance of a large circle of posts in the centre of the Meadow and are intrigued to know their purpose.  These show the proposed position of a circle of trees, 32 metres in diameter, set out in the form of a compass, clock or sundial.  The intention is to plant eleven oak trees, and, in the solar north position, one tree of a different species, probably a hornbeam.  In the centre of the circle will be a tall post, which will act as a gnomon for the "sundial", and will also serve as a post for an owl or other predatory bird.  The circle of twelve trees celebrates the first 12 years in the life of the Meadows Trust, and commemorates 12 years of service by Jim Findlay, who recently retired from the Board after acting as Trustee, Director and Chairman since we were founded.

There are now four Hadlow college students assisting Ben in the Meadows Trust and their names are Samantha Shaw, Gemma Luckhurst, Nathan Sage and Alex Hodges and so if you see them in the meadows then please feel free to stop and have a talk. A warm welcome and words of support will be most appreciated. Pictured are Nathan Sage (Left) and Alex Hodges who have been working hard mulching trees and hedges within the meadows.

The Meadows Trust team are supporting the Hollingbourne W.I. this year. They are helping them to organise and manage the Safari Market, which is being arranged for Saturday 23rd September 2017. An advertisement and stall booking form is available in the parish magazine. Bookings and enquiries can also be made by telephoning 01622 880382 or at Christopher’s shop.

It is unfortunate once again to report an act of vandalism in the Meadows, when between  5pm & 6pm on Thursday 6th April 2017, 14 posts where broken and strewn about the meadow. The marker posts were on the southern side of Culpeper Meadow, from the bench/dog bin to Godfrey Meadow. Two young boys possibly of primary school age, one of which was described as wearing a grey hoodie and being short and of stocky build, were seen out in the meadow acting furtively. If you have any information on this incident or any others in the future then please report it to Ben Williams, or to the police. As you can appreciate this is just another cost to the charity which is funded through YOUR donations.

The Trust has for sale, packs of greeting cards. These attractive A5 sized cards (including envelopes) are professionally printed and are offered in packs of six, sealed in a protective cellophane sleeve. They are blank on the inside and cost £5 for 6 cards.

We are always looking for help with projects and would particularly encourage the involvement of residents in the Meadows. If you would like to help with the planting or any other projects  and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  March 2017

MulchThe Trust has finished planting the trees in Culpeper Meadow and there are 22 available for immediate sponsorship which is an excellent way to remember a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. A detailed list the trees along with their description is available on our website.

The compost that was being stored near to the Culpeper Meadow railway bridge has gone. Pictured is Ben Williams preparing the area for re-seeding. Some of the compost was used to mulch the new trees, but a large proportion was used on the meadows footpaths to improve the condition of the grass in a bid to make the footpaths more robust.

During March, the work on the hedgerows was the prime focus and this work needed to be completed before the hedges came into leaf and the birds start nesting. The hedgerow in Windmill Meadow has had particular attention, where there had been a 20% failure rate and planting to fill the gaps in the hedge has taken place. You may have noticed that the Trust is trialling a new type of tree guard, which is wider and taller. It doesn’t look as attractive as previous ones, but hopefully it will afford the plants better protection.

The Trust’s fourth Hadlow student has been assisting Ben Williams with work in the Meadows. As Nathan is finding out, the work is not all glamorous or pleasant as it involves the emptying of the dog-poo bins! If you see Nathan and Ben working in the Meadows, then please stop and say hello and have a talk which will help Nathan feel welcome and at home.

On the subject of the dog-poo bins, it has been noted that supermarket carrier bags full of dog-poo have been deposited in the bin in Tilefields Meadow, which would indicate that someone is bringing this from their home. The bins are not for this purpose, and I ask that this activity stops. The emptying of the bins is an unpleasant task and is carried out by unpaid volunteers. 

The Meadows Trust Calendars which consist of beautiful photographs of the Meadows have now all been sold and thank you to all of those who have bought one and hope that you look forward to the launch of the 2018 calendar. On this subject, the Trust would be pleased to receive copies of photographs for possible inclusion in the 2018 calendar. If published then you will receive recognition and a mention in the parish magazine. Even if not fortunate to be included in the calendar, then you may find that photograph(s) will also be placed on the Meadows Trust website. Please email your photographs to hollingbournemeadowstrust@gmail.com.

We are always looking for help with projects and would particularly encourage the involvement of residents in the Meadows. If you would like to help with the planting or any other projects  and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  February 2017

Working in the Church YardWith spring on its way the Trust are taking the opportunity to prepare for the coming summer and the planting of more trees and hedging is planned during February and March and should, weather permitting, be in progress by the time you read this article.

There are 23 trees to be planted consisting of Beech, Copper Beech, Downy Birch, Silver Birch, Wild Cherry, Sweet Chestnut, Hornbeam, Small Leafed Lime, Pedunculate Oak, Rowan, Walnut, Wild Service Tree and Whitebeam.

Of the 23, 17 are currently available for sponsorship and the locations of these can be viewed on the Trust’s website. To sponsor a tree to remember a loved one or commemorate a special occasion, then please see the details below.
The hedge planting consists of 100 Hawthorn for replacing failed plants in previous hedge planting and this should then ensure that we have no gaps in the hedge.

We are always looking for help with projects and would particularly encourage the involvement of residents in the Meadows. If you would like to help with the planting or any other projects  and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165.

The recent hard frosts have put paid to any digging in the meadows, so the volunteers have temporarily diverted their activities to working in the Church yard. Six volunteers helped to clear undergrowth and encroaching trees from around headstones. Pictured (Left to right) are: Ivor Tapsfield, Gemma Luckhurst, Samantha Shaw and Keith Pockett. Gemma has recently joined the Meadows Trust as part of her work experience whilst she studies for her Fdsc (Foundation degree) in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity at Hadlow College.

I would like to remind all dog walkers keep their dogs on lead for the safety of ALL users of the Meadows. In particular I would like all dog walkers to consider what is their dog doing when off the leash and out of sight. Please consider that children and adults can walk off the mown walkways and that it is not very pleasant to find that you or your child has trodden in dog poo and not to mention the potential health hazards from direct skin contact.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community  or if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree which would make a great present for a loved one, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk, or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  January 2017

2016 Boxing Day Walk - Picture courtesy of John CobbettIt is with a heavy heart that I have to report that Jim Findlay has taken the decision to retire as Director and Trustee of The Meadows Trust.  Jim was one of the three founding Members who got the Meadows Trust off the ground in 2004 when the charity was formed and Eyhorne Meadow bought.  In 2010, when the breaking-up of the Grove Mill Estate commenced, Jim’s encouragement, support and guidance led to successful public appeals for funds, and the purchase of Hollingbourne Meadows.  Without him, the trust and the village would not be where we are today. A heart felt thank you, Jim, for all you have done for the Meadows Trust and for our Village.

Malcolm Smith and Ben Williams of the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust once again organised and led the Boxing Day Walk. 25 people along with several dogs enjoyed the walk which commenced from the Village Hall and ended after almost 6 miles at The Dirty Habit Public House in Upper Street for refreshments.

The Trust are planning to plant more trees and hedging during January, February and March and if you would like to help and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165. To sponsor a tree please see the details below.

I would like to remind all dog walkers keep their dogs on lead for the safety of ALL users of the Meadows. In particular I would like all dog walkers to consider what is their dog doing when off the leash and out of sight. Please consider that children and adults can walk off the mown walkways and that it is not very pleasant to find that you or your child has trodden in dog poo and not to mention the potential health hazards from direct skin contact.

The Meadows Trust Calendars which consist of beautiful photographs of the Meadows are still available for the very reasonable sum of £5, and can be obtained at Christopher’s Shop or, by contacting Peter Lee or through the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust website.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community  or if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree which would make a great present for a loved one, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk, or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  December 2016

The repaired Godfrey Meadow stile.The repair of the Godfrey Meadow stile.Best wishes for 2017 from the Directors of The Meadows Trust. The Christmas festivities are now a memory and the start of a new year. This means that while the meadows should be now deep into hibernation, this is the time to start planning for the coming spring which officially is only two months away.

The Trust would like to welcome Samantha Shaw, who joined the Meadows volunteers in December as part of her Fdsc (Foundation degree) in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity degree at Hadlow College. Sam chose her voluntary work placement with the Trust because the Meadows support a large variety of flora and fauna, managed in a minimal intrusive and environmentally friendly manner. Pictured above, is Sam helping with the repair of the Godfrey Meadow stile.

The regular maintenance work continues regardless of the weather and this involves such tasks as checking of the condition and safety of the sheep and emptying of the Dog-Poo bins. Visitors will note that the 35 sheep are no longer in Godfrey Meadow as they have been taken to market. Other specific works carried out since the last bulletin are;

Checking and replacing dislodged tree guards in Windmill Coppice which was carried out by a team of volunteers.

The wobbly stile on the north side of Godfrey Meadow’s public footpath has been repaired. The original rotted out in just four and a half years and the replacement has been constructed from better quality preserved timber and should last much longer.

The Trust are planning to plant more trees and hedging during January, February and March and if you would like to help and spend a few enjoyable hours out in the fresh air, then please contact Ben on  07968 123165. To sponsor a tree please see the details below.

I would like to remind all dog walkers keep their dogs on lead for the safety of ALL users of the Meadows. In particular I would like all dog walkers to consider what is their dog doing when off the leash and out of sight. Please be consider that children and adults can walk off the mown walkways and that it is not very pleasant to find that you or your child has trodden in dog poo and not to mention the potential health hazards from direct skin contact.

The Meadows Trust Calendars which consist of beautiful photographs of the Meadows are available for the very reasonable sum of £5, and can be obtained at Christopher’s Shop or, by contacting Peter Lee or through the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust's Website Shop. Details of both are below.
If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community  or if anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree which would make a great present for a loved one, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  November 2016

Owl PostOwl PostBy the time that you read this it will officially be winter with Christmas fast approaching. It is a quiet time in The Meadows as most of nature is well into hibernation, but that does not mean that work stops for the volunteers who devote their time to The Meadows Trust.

Since the last bulletin the volunteers have spent several days working on a variety of projects in addition to the regular emptying of the Dog-Poo bins and the checking of the sheep;

The damaged stock proof tree fencing in Eyhorne Meadow has been removed and the wire folded up to be recycled. This fencing is now past its use by date and new fencing is required once the funds are available.

Eyhorne Meadow was chain harrowed after making extensive repairs to the harrow which is on loan from a farmer.

33 trees in Windmill coppice that failed to grow have been replaced mostly with Hazel nut. Windmill coppice currently has over 600 trees of various species.

The corner of Godfrey Meadow hedge in Culpeper Meadow has been extended so as to better protect the habitat area. The ground has been prepared ready for planting with Hawthorn.

At the extremity of the hedge an “owl post” has been installed which should hopefully encourage owls to perch and consume their prey. So look out for owl pellets at the base of the post.

35 sheep have been temporally put into Godfrey Meadow to graze, so dog walkers please be aware, and keep your dogs on a lead and under control if you walk the public footpath through this meadow.

Ben Williams attended the ‘Local Wildlife Site Landowners Day’, hosted by the Kent Wildlife Trust. The day included a very interesting talk by Dr Nikki Gammans FRES of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. The event was held at the Rare Breeds Centre at Woodchurch on Wednesday 2nd November 2016. A copy of the programme can be obtained from The Meadows Trust upon request.

I would like to remind all dog walkers to ideally keep their dogs on lead for the safety of ALL users of the Meadows. In particular I would like all dog walkers to consider what is their dog doing when off the leash and out of sight. I have seen occasions when dogs are out of sight of their walker and they leave ‘deposits’ which are then not picked up due to the dog walker being unaware. Please consider that children and adults can walk off the mown walkways and that it is not very pleasant to find that you or your child has trodden in dog poo and not to mention the potential health hazards from direct skin contact.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree, then it would make a great Christmas present for a loved one, either one that has already been planted or to order one for next year, then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580. If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community then please visit www.hollingbournemeadowstrust.co.uk or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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Award Certificate  (27th October 2016)

Award CertificateDirector/Trustee & Ranger Benedict Williams attended the Kent Wildlife Trust’s “Wild About Gardens Awards 2016” at Canterbury College, where he was presented with a Silver Award on behalf of The Hollingbourne Meadows Trust Ltd. Work continues apace to improve the wildlife habitats and we hope to include a Permanent Water Habitat soon.

Additionally we would like visitors to the meadows to record their sightings of flora and fauna and include it on our Facebook page (Please send any photos). This would create a forum based interactive wildlife diary for all to enjoy.






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News Roundup For:  October 2016

New gate and signage from Culpeper MeadowNew gate and signage from Culpeper Close entranceWith autumn well progressed and winter fast approaching, it is a quiet time in the meadows as most of the vegetation becomes dormant due to the limited day light and lower temperatures. It is now that we can reflect on the time and effort put in by a great number of people during the spring and summer months to maintain the meadows for all to enjoy.

The Meadows Trust are pleased to announce that the Trust is to receive an award at the Wild About Gardens 2016 Celebration Event.

A letter has been received thanking for our participation and informing that the Meadows have a Silver award. Representatives of the Meadows Trust have been invited to the celebration event for the whole of Kent on Thursday 27th October in Canterbury. I am sure that you will wish to share with me in offering the congratulations to all of those involved in managing the Meadows.

Many of you will have seen the new gate and sign board at Culpeper entrance (Pictured above right). Many positive comments have been received as the work progressed including a request to explain the design ethos, so here goes.

First a galvanized farm gate was used to keep the connection with farming. The use of sleepers to make the frame of the sign board and the gate closing posts are to pay homage to the railway.  Similarly the curved top of the posts is a nod to the brick railway arch. A gap for pedestrians was used in preference to a kissing gate, as it allows for easy wheelchair and pushchair access. It has been set at 1000mm wide which is the minimum legal requirement and is now considered to be the “gold standard”. It also has the added advantage of being silent.

The wooden gate between the posts has the effect of slowing people and their dogs down. Finally the holly green stain is the Meadows Trust colour of choice and is widely used by wildlife organisations.

The Trust have been asked if something similar will be created at the other entrances but as with all the improvement projects it will depend upon the availability of funds.

I would like to remind all dog walkers to please keep their dogs under control, and preferably kept on a lead for the safety of ALL users of the Meadows.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  September 2016

The Suygart family At the time of writing this article, we are experiencing the highest September temperatures for many years, and by the time you read this it will officially be autumn. Due to the dry weather, up to the 5th September, approximately 22000 litres of water was used in watering all of the trees including the newly planted trees.

On a very windy Saturday 20th August, The Meadows Trust held its first explorer trail starting and finishing in Culpeper Meadow. This consisted of groups or individuals of all ages who were given a sheet of clues, which took them around the village. Around 40 people took part and the event raised just under £86-00 for the Trust.

Congratulations to the Suygart family (David, Lilah, Rachel, Ed, Maggie and Becky) of Culpeper Close, photographed outside of the Millennium Green, who were declared the winners although it was an extremely close run event, so much so, that the tie-break question had to be used and it was their answer to “What is your favourite spot in the Meadows?” that won them the accolade.

“My favourite spot is looking through the bridge from Culpeper Close down onto the meadows, especially at sunset when the fields go golden. I like the layers of green hills and watching how the crops change through the seasons.”

More pictures from the day can be found here

The K9 Club members are dogs who enjoy exercising their owners in The Meadows. Dog owners are also admitted to membership, and agree that they will have their dog under control at all times, and will use the dog waste bins provided in The Meadows. The number of dog walkers using the meadows has increased but the income from the members has not. Despite having ‘Dog-Poo’ bins around the site, the quantity of poo not being picked up is increasing. For the health and enjoyment of others please ensure that all dog-poo is bagged and taken home or placed in the bins.

In mid-August, it was reported that two dogs, which were off the lead, allegedly attacked another dog which was on the lead. This is serious as it could easily have led to not only injury to the dog or its owner, but also anyone else that was present. In the light of fatalities in Essex, etc., involving children, we ask all dog walkers to please keep their dogs under control, and preferably kept on a lead for the safety of ALL users of the Meadows.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree, either one that has already been planted or to order one for next year, then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  August 2016

Harvesting hayThe weather in August turned out to be very good and in particular for the harvesting of the cereal crops. Life in the Meadows is a quiet period between summer and the onset of autumn. The school holidays are also a good opportunity for the children to explore the Meadows Trust land.

There were only two additional wild flowers to be found during August;

Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

All the meadows were cut for hay on the 20th of July and this was baled and taken off-site. Unfortunately the dog waste bin in Windmill Meadow was struck by a trailer carrying hay bales and has been temporarily removed for repair. It will be restored to its original location shortly.

An instance of anti-social behaviour has been reported in the Meadows on the 11th of August, when a miniature motor bike was seen abusing the facility. As this is not permitted and unsafe, the Meadows Trust would appreciate it if someone knows who they are, please could they ask them to desist from riding the machine illegally and anti-socially? This includes public roads, public footpaths and obviously the meadows?

If anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree, either one that has already been planted or to order one for next year, then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

In the parish there are over 400 properties and if 350 of those gave only £2 per week (or 14 pence for each dog walk) then the Meadows trust would be financially secure. If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community, then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  July 2016

Bee OrchidThe school holidays are now in full swing and hopefully we are enjoying some good summer weather and this is a good opportunity for the children to explore the Meadows Trust land.

Bee (Ophrys apifera) & Pyramidal orchids (Anacamptis pyramidalis) have been seen growing in Eyhorne Meadow. This is a good indication that the management strategy employed over the last 8 years is working. Accompanying these orchids you will be able to find; Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) & Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum) to name but a few.

As part of the management strategy, Eyhorne meadow will soon be grazed by around 50 sheep to remove the bio-mass and this will help in maintaining the condition of the soil.

Meanwhile in Culpeper meadow, you may have noticed under the celebration trees, the flowering of “herbal understory mixture” which was sown last year. This legume based, nitrogen fixing mixture provides useful ground cover for under trees. The mixture will flower from early May onwards. This attracts pollinators and beneficial predatory insects. So, if you are sponsoring one of the celebration trees, please refrain from weeding these plants out. They are there for a good reason!

As a result of last month’s article regarding tree irrigation, an as yet anonymous person has made a generous donation for the purchase of a trailer/bowser. This will soon be put to good use and will be employed in the meadows.

A new method of mulching is being trialled in Windmill Coppice. Cut grass which had previously been left in rows to rot, has been raked neatly around the base of each tree. So far the results have been promising. The grass mulch is suppressing weed growth, whilst helping to retain the soils moisture. Eventually this will rot and be absorbed into the ground, increasing fertility.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree, either one that has already been planted or to order one for next year, then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

In the parish there are over 400 properties and if 350 of those gave only £2 per week (or 14 pence for each dog walk) then the Meadows trust would be financially secure. If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community, then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  June 2016

Tufted Vetch - Vicia craccaNow that we are into summer, the plants that can be found in the meadows during July are: Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum), Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium), Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), St. Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) and Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca).

As you may have seen, The Meadows Trust were actively involved Hollingbourne Fete in June in not only setting up and managing the Trust’s stall but also managing the car parking. The Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank Maureen Lee, Linda Cardwell, Ivor Tapsfield, Allan Smedley, Sam Booth, Andy Deacon, and Ian Willy for their valued assistance and a total, including Gift Aid, of £450 was raised through this event which is sufficient to buy a new set of blades for the Trimax mower.

The tree guard change out in Windmill Coppice was completed on schedule. All of the trees are now rabbit proof and are responding well to their improved environment.

The newly planted hedge between Culpeper and Flower meadows has unfortunately been attacked by rabbits so the tree guarding will have to be upgraded. The watering of the recently planted trees will restart soon and volunteers are needed and most welcome. Newly planted trees ideally require watering with 30 litres on 20 occasions during the growing season for the first two years. That is equivalent to 600kg of water for each tree per season. With 22 new trees this year and 40 trees planted last year that's 13.2 tons of water that the volunteers will need carry this summer. When funds allow the trust would like to buy a water bowser which will reduce the amount of water that needs to be carried and make the whole task more efficient and less labour intensive.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring a tree, either one that has already been planted or to order one for next year, then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

In the parish there are over 400 properties and if 350 of those gave only £2 per week (or 14 pence for each dog walk) then the Meadows trust would be financially secure. If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community, then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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News Roundup For:  May 2016

New HedgeAs Spring moves towards Summer and occasionally back towards Winter, the small group of Meadows volunteers have been busy like the wildlife appearing from hibernation and rearing their young. Eight buzzards were reported recently seen at the same time over the Meadows which was quite a spectacle!

Due to the cold spring, what flowers would normally have bloomed in April can probably still be found and should include Cowslip (Primula verisLesser), Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria), Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) and Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris). During May Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), Red Campion (Silene dioica) and Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris) should be seen.

The season for planting trees has just finished with 22 native Celebration trees having been planted during March/April. These are proving extremely popular with only 8 of the planted trees remaining for sponsorship. Interested in sponsoring a tree then please click here. Or contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Open mesh tree guards are being manufactured to replace 600+ spiral tree guards within Windmill Coppice. These new guards provide the tree with greater protection, more light and more space for growth. It is hoped that the transition from old to new guards will be completed by the end of May.
Hollingbourne resident, Chris Childs donated 50 Purple Beech hedging plants to the Trust. These plants have been used to repair the gaps within the hedges throughout the site and this has enabled the completion of a significant part of one of the jobs on our ‘to do’ list.

For your diaries is the Meadows Trust Annual General Meeting which is to be held on Friday 17th June 2016 commencing at 7.30pm. It is planned to be held in the Trust’s marquee positioned in the Meadows, near to the Culpeper entrance but should the weather be unsuitable then the AGM will be held in the village hall. Please check the Parish Council website for any updates.

If you would like to be a ‘Friend of the Meadows’ and would like to support this asset which is for the whole community then please click here. Or alternatively, contact Peter Lee on 01622 880580.

Report by David Ardley

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Tree Guard Replacement  (5th May 2016)

Tree Guard Replacement On Saturday, a new Meadows volunteer, Keith Pockett (Pictured), joined a small group of people in Windmill Copse. Keith helped replace over one hundred tree guards.

The replacement program started in October last year and is scheduled for completion by the end of May.

It is the Trust’s aim to replace all the closed spiral guards with an open mesh type. This will provide the trees with more light and space and should encourage stronger growth.

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Closing The Gaps  (23rd April 2016)

Closing The GapsClosing The GapsA big thanks to Chris Childs (who lives in the village), for donating fifty Purple Beech hedging plants to the Trust. The majority of the plants were used to repair the hedge between Culpeper and Flower Meadow.

The hedge repair is on the Trust’s priority “to do” list. With Chris’s help we have managed to fulfil a large part of the project. The project also required the stabilisation of the drainage ditch bank.

Pictured is Ben driving in wooden piles to prevent the repair from sliding back into the ditch. These stakes are intended to be a temporary measure.

The second picture shows the completed first section of hedging. This has a temporary fence surrounding it to discourage dogs from jumping in the muddy ditch and damaging the plants.

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Kent Heritage Tree Project  (17th March 2016)

Kent Heritage Tree ProjectKent Heritage Tree ProjectOn Thursday there was a formal planting of a Hornbeam tree in Flower Meadow by Matt Mordaunt of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). This was to celebrate the completion of a five year multi million pound Kent Heritage Tree Project.

The Meadows Trust feels extremely privileged to have been one of a small group, chosen to receive one of these special Heritage trees.

Pictured is Ben Williams driving in the first of two supporting stakes. The second picture is of the temporary plaque mounted in front of the tree.

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New Celebration Trees (15th March 2016)

New Celebration TreesNew Celebration TreesTuesday saw the start of a project to plant 22 Celebration Trees in the Meadows. Eighteen new trees, plus one replacement, were planted in Culpeper Meadow. The other three being planted in Flower Meadow, which consisted of one new, one replacement and one Heritage tree on behalf The Kent Heritage Tree Project.

In the first picture, Allan Smedley watches on as Ben digs the first hole. The second picture has Jack Wilson (Plus Pablo!) next to a newly planted Pedunculate Oak.

Please click here if you are interested in sponsoring one of these newly planted trees.

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Dead Hedging in Windmill Meadow (12th March 2016)

Dead HedgingDead HedgingLast Saturday (12th March) the final section of the dead hedge in Windmill Meadow was installed by volunteers.  Dead hedges are very useful in habitat conservation and restoration ecology.

They offer safe shelter for small animals, particularly birds and other small vertebrates. The hedge will rot over time, but in a way that is good for ecosystems. This will take quite a few years as most of the branches are clear from the ground.

This particular hedge has been (painfully) constructed from Blackthorn, coppiced nearby & is approximately 2m high & 1m deep. 

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Hollingbourne Meadows Trust YouTube Channel  (18th February 2016)

YouTubeOn Thursday, the Trust launched its YouTube Channel.  Currently there are two videos available for viewing. A time-lapse of the construction of one of our habitat piles in Flower Meadow and how the Atlas Mountain Cedar bench (Installed in Culpeper Meadow) was made. Additional videos will appear shortly.





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2016 Meadows Trust Calendar (15th November 2015)

Calendar Back CoverCalendar Front Cover

***The 2016 calendars are now sold out***

2016 Meadows Trust Calendars are now available for purchase. The calendar features pictures taken within the Meadows, as well as from the surrounding area. All the contributing photographers have a connection with Hollingbourne.  All profits will go to the Trust and help with the preservation of the Meadows. 

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Changing of the guard (31st October 2015)

Changing of the guardThe coppice in Windmill Meadow was planted by the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust in November 2013, with the help of The Conservation Volunteers. In the region of 600 Small Leafed Limes, Hazel and Hornbeam trees were planted. Although to date, the vast majority have survived, the overall growth has been somewhat disappointing, with most of the plants failing to break clear from the top of their tree guards. The original aim was to coppice the trees in about 16 to 18 years time, this is now looking highly unlikely.

Last Saturday a small team of volunteers started the process of changing the narrow spiral tree guards to much larger guards. This will provide the trees with more light and space and should encourage stronger growth. Two types of guards were used, a square fluted, photodegradable PVC guard, as well as a re-usable PVC open mesh type. It is hoped both guards will help improve growth, however this will be closely monitored over the coming year to ascertain if one is better than the other. Pictured is Sharon Greagsby who helped to replace some of the guards...

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Greeting cards (19th October 2015)

Christophers-shopThe Meadows Trust has some beautiful greetings/correspondence cards for sale in Christopher’s shop. These are photographs taken in The Meadows.  Please do have a look next time you visit the shop.

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The WI unveils a tree in Culpeper Meadow (11th October 2015)

Celebration tree unveilingCelebration tree unveilingOn Sunday morning, members of the Hollingbourne Women’s Institute unveiled a plaque dedicating a Whitebeam celebration tree in Culpeper Meadow. The unveiling was to commemorate ninety years of the W.I. in Hollingbourne and one hundred years for the institute as a whole. After the WI’s anthem (Jerusalem), Janice Butler (President) opened the ceremony with a brief history of how the Institute started in the village. This was followed by Jean Talboys cutting a ribbon and unveiling the plaque. More information and pictures can be found on the Hollingbourne WI’s website.

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Two new Directors (30th September 2015)

Shaun CardwellThe Trust’s September Annual General Meeting saw the proposal and election of two additional Directors onto the Board, Shaun Cardwell and David Ardley. Both are Hollingbourne residents and both live adjacent to the Meadows in Tile Fields. The Trust welcomes the experience and enthusiasm both Shaun (Pictured) and David will bring to help meet the challenges ahead. The full minutes from the Annual General Meeting can be found here

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Planning for additional celebration trees (1st September 2015)

Planning for additional celebration treesPlanning is underway for the possible provision of additional celebration trees. This will be totally dependent on funding. A survey in Culpeper Meadow has taken place and wooden stakes placed where it would be suitable to plant new trees. Hopefully, this will be a satisfactory explanation for those wondering the purpose of these “numbered markers”, and dispel any rumours of a pending “caravan site”!!! And for those interested, the yellow painted stakes depict where future gates may be installed. These will only be provided if there is agreement to split Culpeper Meadow into two fields for the purpose of grazing. More information will be provided at the forthcoming AGM.. .

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Temporary closure of crossing (23rd August 2015)

Closure of new crossingThe new crossing between Culpeper Meadow and the Flower Meadow has been temporarily closed for approximately three weeks. This will allow time for the newly sown grass seed to establish and help stabilise the loose topsoil. It is intended later in the year to fill the gap between the existing hedgerow and the bridge with new Hawthorne plants.

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New Cedar bench/lounger installed in Culpeper Meadow (20th August 2015)

Newly installed benchBench transported to siteThe new bench created from a felled Atlas Mountain Cedar in Ben’s garden has finally been transferred to site and installed in Culpeper Meadow. The three quarter ton bench was transported by tractor secured on the fore-loader. Installation was in a shallow trench, dug a couple of days previously, midway between the two existing benches, adjacent to Godfrey Meadow. The seat/lounger was designed to accommodate eight or nine seated people, or if they wish, one reclined person (cushion not supplied!).

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The 2015 Annual General Meeting (17th August 2015)

The 2015 Annual General MeetingThe Trusts AGM will be held in the Village Hall on Friday the 4th of September at 7pm.
The formal business will comprise:

1. Consideration and approval of the Accounts for 2014.
2. Re-election of Directors (all three current Directors retire at the Annual General Meeting, and offer themselves for re-election).
3. Consideration of the proposed appointment of additional Directors.

Informally, there will be a review of activities over the past twelve months, and of future plans. Members’ opinions and feedback will be welcomed, and all are invited to enjoy a glass or two of wine (or soft drink) and to let us have your views.
For full details please click on the thumbnail (right)

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New Meadows crossing (16th August 2015)

The ditch prior to work startingFrankie Murphy and her son Edward together with their dogA new pedestrian crossing has been installed between Culpeper Meadow and Flower Meadow. The installation traverses a drainage channel which runs between the two meadows and although generally dry through the summer does carry water during winter months. The bridge was designed to blend in with the rural landscape and was manufactured off site by Benedict Williams. It is the start of an ongoing program to improve access to the Meadows. The bridge is constructed from sturdy Larch wood sleepers and was assembled and installed on site over two days by Ben and Malcolm Smith. Pictured is Frankie Murphy who runs the Eyhorne Osteopathic Clinic and her son (Edward) together with their dog who were the first people to use the crossing.   

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Jack’s Work Placement in the Meadows (1st August 2015)

Jacks Work Placement in the MeadowsJacks Work Placement in the MeadowsPictured is Jack Wilson being presented with his Level 3 Extended Diploma certificate in Countryside Management from Miranda Krestovnikoff (Presenter on the BBC2 series Coast). Jack achieved a merit. He is currently studying for a foundation degree in Countryside and Conservation Management at Hadlow College. Jack intends to continue with his work placement with the Trust, where he can be seen a couple of days a week working and gaining experience in the Meadows. The picture far right is Jack watering one of the seventy plus newly planted trees.   

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 The creation of a new bench (11th July 2015)

The creation of a new benchThe creation of a new benchOn Saturday the creation of a new bench from a felled storm damaged Atlas Mountain Cedar started. Ben discovered the trunk, which is in his garden, was too small to convert to lumber and yet too good to use as fire wood, so he decided to construct something useful from it. The bench, when finished, will be installed between the two new benches in Culpeper Meadow, adjacent to Godfrey Meadow.

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Controlling the weeds in Eyhorne Meadow (11th July 2015)

Controlling the weedsControlling the weeds the hard way in Eyhorne Meadow. Pictured is Shaun Cardwell using a sythe to cut down weeds, mostly Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense), Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris) and Broad-Leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius). The aim is to prevent these plants from laying down seed, so eventually they disappear from the meadow. This will allow the beneficial meadow flowers to flourish and propagate. Towards the end of the season the whole meadow will be mown.

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 No more trees available for sponsorship (7th July 2015)

Currently there are no trees available for sponsorship. However, if you are still interested, please contact Peter Lee or Benedict Williams, as it may be possible to reserve a tree in future planting schemes.

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Watering the trees in Culpeper Meadow (30th June 2015)

The temporary 2500 Litre storage tankAllan and Adriana filling watering cans from the bowserThe summer ritual of watering the newly planted trees commenced in earnest on Tuesday. Ben and Allan started watering early morning and Adriana joined in the latter stages. A 1,000 litre tank installed on the back of a trailer acts as a bowser for transporting the water around the meadows. This is then offloaded into watering cans, each tree receiving at least 40 litres (approx 9 gallons) of water. Filling the bowser from the mains takes a considerable amount of time. To speed this process up a temporary 2,500 litre storage tank has been installed adjacent to Godfrey Meadow.

If you are interested in helping with the watering, please contact Ben Williams on Tel. 07968 123 165

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Removal of the fallen Ash tree (29th June 2015)

Jack Wilson cutting up the fallen Ash treeOn Monday work continued with the making safe of the Ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior) that fell in May last year. The tree had been monitored closely over the last 5 years due to a known split in its trunk. When it was noticed that the split had suddenly widened, a decision was made to make it safe, as it was adjacent to a public footpath. It was while arrangements were being made to have it professionally felled, it collapsed on its own accord. It was suggested the tree was left in situ for the benefit of wildlife, but it was deemed too unstable, hence the decision to remove it completely.

It is intended to remove all of the fallen tree and just leave what remains of the substantial stump for wildlife. The area will be re-planted with trees.

Pictured is Jack Wilson (wearing the correct safety equipment!) removing the upper branches from the fallen tree.

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Last tree remaining for sponsorship (28th June 2015)

Wild Service Tree - Sorbus torminalisJust one tree (No: 51) remains available for sponsorship. The tree, which is a Wild Service Tree (Sorbus torminalis), is situated at the end of the tree avenue, in the far top corner of Culpeper Meadow. The Wild Service tree was once common in the forests of England and Wales. But as these were cleared, it became rarer and is now confined to ancient woodlands and hedges, such as those of royal hunting forests. Inconspicuous for much of the year, their white blossom in spring and crimson leaves in autumn give them away. The trees can be recognised by their jagged, palmate leaves (a little like Maple leaves), white flowers and small, apple-like fruit.

If you would like to sponsor this tree, please contact Benedict Williams or Peter Lee.  Alternatively, sponsorship can be requested on line. Please use the following link: Sponsor a Tree

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New bench installed in Culpeper Meadow (27th June 2015)

Ben and Shaun standing behind the newly installed benchOn Saturday another wooden bench was installed in Culpeper Meadow, bringing the total to three. The benches were designed and built by Benedict Williams, the latter two being installed with the assistance of volunteers.  The benches which are constructed from Larch wood, have been installed to a depth of 1 metre and are designed to be robust, with a plain and simple appearance so as to blend in with the rural landscape.

Pictured to the right and standing behind the completed bench are Ben Williams (left) and volunteer Shaun Robinson. Two other volunteers also assisted in the 6 hour installation, Allan Smedley and Malcolm Smith.

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Unauthorised person metal detecting (15th May 2015)

Today (15th May 2015) we had another visit from an unauthorised person metal detecting and digging in the flower Meadow. The person had long dreadlocks, well below shoulder length, and was well built. He was asked to leave the Meadows and drove off in a small Volkswagen panel van, white or light grey in colour, registration Y626BAN. He claimed to be a member of Medway History Finders, and said that he and four other club members had written permission to detect. He was unable to produce this permission. The Chairman and Secretary of Medway History Finders were contacted and they confirmed the individual was not a club member. The Chairman of the club will be passing the person’s description and vehicle registration number onto the police. If you see the vehicle parked in Hollingbourne, or see a stranger detecting in the Meadows, please contact Ben Williams or Peter Lee.

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The St George’s Players celebrated 70 years since VE Day (9th May 2015)

On 8th and 9th May, the St George’s Players celebrated 70 years since VE Day by performing their “Wartime Revue” in Hollingbourne Village Hall. The event was a sell-out on both evenings. The enthusiastic audiences enjoyed songs, sketches, comedy impersonations, moving wartime poetry, Churchillian sayings, and wartime events in Hollingbourne, before finally obeying the instructions to “Keep Calm and Sing Loudly” in a grand finale including “I Vow to Thee my Country”, “There’ll Always be an England”, “Jerusalem” and “Land of Hope and Glory”. All those involved, whether as performers or behind the scenes, put on a wonderful performance, and celebrated the courage, resilience and, above all, the sense of humour of the British people. All profits from the show will be split equally between the Royal British Legion and Hollingbourne Meadows Trust.

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Welcome (22nd April 2015)

A warm welcome to all visitors to the Meadows Trust website.  We hope you have already visited the Meadows, but if not, try to find the time.  The Galleries will give you an impression, but not as fine as the real thing, on a sunny day, with the bees buzzing, and the birds singing and foraging in the grass, the hedgerows and the trees.  We are preserving the Meadows and their wildlife for you, so try to get there and enjoy.

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Telephone Number 01622 880 580

Email Address hollingbournemeadowstrust@gmail.com

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