But before the cattle can return the Trust needs to spend money on reinforcing and renewing some of the original fence and gate posts that where put in to create the wildlife areas.
At the AGM on Sunday 20th January, members of the Trust celebrated the successes of the last year
Do take a look at what we have been up to and come to our AGM this Sunday 20th January at 11.30am at space2grow.
Hibernation was the subject of last month's column from the Bishop's Meadow Trust and the space2grow, two local charities preserving more than 30 acres of natural water meadows running alongside the River Wey in the centre of Farnham.
Farnham Town Council is celebrating what may well be its best result yet in this year's South and South East in Bloom competition.
On a glorious summer day, 30 children from Badshot Lea Village Infant School, St Andrews C of E Infant school and St Peter's C of E Primary School came to the Bishop's Meadow with parents and teachers for a day of fun activities.
At the end of the summer term, in keeping with discovering about and helping the local community, the 3rd Farnham Cub Scouts visited Bishop’s Meadow as guests of the Bishop’s Meadow Trust.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing hot summer and lack of rain, there is not enough grass growing for the cattle to eat.
The introduction of cattle is a trial and is intended to encourage flower growth, and discourage the growth of weeds.
A small but enthusiastic group of members attended the Bishop’s Meadow Trust AGM on Saturday 7th October 2017. Five Board Members were also present.
Fantastic news! At the award ceremony for South and South East in Bloom on 20th September 2017, the Bishop’s Meadow Trust won a Gold Award in the “Large Conservation Area” class.
It was a beautiful afternoon on 8th July – the date of our annual summer garden party at the Old Vicarage in Farnham.
If you have been out walking on the Bishop’s Meadow recently and have spotted some strange activities going on – don’t worry!
On 11th July, we have 18 volunteers from Scottish and Southern Electricity coming to help us to put up fencing and prepare for the installation of a cattle drinking trough.
Summer is here! And nothing conjures up images of sunshine and the warmth and colour of flowery meadows better than butterflies. But with a large scale loss of habitats, three-quarters of British butterflies are in decline.
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In March 2014, the Bishop’s Meadow Trust fenced off some of its land adjacent to the Cemetery to create an orchard. At that time, we invited children from 7 local schools to help in planting the fruit trees which was a great success!
I was walking across the Meadow last week and was pleased to see a Red Kite circling on a thermal overhead.
Kingfishers are small, unmistakable, bright blue and orange birds of slow moving or still water. They fly rapidly, low over water, and hunt fish from riverside perches, occasionally hovering above the water’s surface.
Peter Holman, the Chairman of South and South East in Bloom, officially presented his Chairman’s Award to the Bishop’s Meadow Trust’s Jim Munro at the Farnham Council Offices on Tuesday 10th January 2017.
The Bishop’s Meadow Trust would like to thank all our members, volunteers and supporters who have made 2016 such an outstanding year for the Bishop’s Meadow and the Trust.
We seem to be coming to the end of the year again. And that is an opportunity to look back at all we have collectively achieved on the Meadow.
On 21st November, I was a volunteer at the now legendary Bridge Tea, organised by Tessa Trench – and it was great fun!
The Bishop’s Meadow can be a bit boggy at this time of year but please tog up and come and join us for the next Working Party on Wednesday 23rd and Saturday 26th November.
The Bishop’s Meadow Trust is so excited to have received the top award of the 2016 South and South East in Bloom competition – The Chairman’s Award.
The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Bishop’s Meadow Trust will be on Sunday 9th October at the Pentecostal Church, Red Lion Lane, GU9 7QN.
The ground was prepared and the seed sown and now the Meadow’s dedicated wild flower area for bees is beginning to bloom.
At a recent meeting of the Bishop’s Meadow Trust, Jim Munro was elected as the new Chair of the organisation, replacing Vic Green who has done a brilliant job over the past years. Ed Partridge was elected as Vice Chair.
This year, sowing has been delayed by weather and technical problems, but we are going to do our best to have our bee meadow ready for the Britain in Bloom and the South East in Bloom judges to see.
The Floodplain Meadows Partnership has recently launched a new handbook on floodplain meadows called “Beauty and Utility”.