Tuesday, 15 April 2014

'Millerground Enhancement Group'......(Community working together.)

This year has seen the start of a great new initiative to revitalise the Millerground /Rayrigg Meadow area. Historically this area has suffered from some antisocial behaviour especially if we have warm sunny weather.

 View from Queen Adelaide Hill, above Millerground

Simone Backhouse, a local Police Officer, was keen for local schools to assist the National Trust in carrying out work parties to help foster a sense of ownership for the area.

The clapper bridge at Millerground that spans Wynlass Beck near the point where it flows into Windermere.

From this original acorn of an idea, Windermere & Bowness Civic Society started the Millerground Enhancement Group. This has now developed into a fine Oak tree, pulling together the National Trust, Cumbria Constabulary, South Lakeland District Council, Windermere Town Council, Windermere & Bowness Civic Society, Go Lakes, Lake District National Park Authority and Age Concern, all working closely together to forge a common goal. The following is just one example of this initiative being implemented..

On Thursday afternoon, the 27th March, students from Windermere School, together with members of the Windermere and Bowness Civic Society, and members of Windermere Town Council met up with National Trust Rangers at Millerground.

Image showing part of the bramble choked area to be tackled.

The work involved pulling out, and cutting back brambles on the slope above the footpath in preparation for the planting of 2200 bluebells. This was made possible by kind donations from Cllr Allan Winrow (WTC), Cllr Ben Berry (SLDC) & Abi & Tom's Garden Plants of Halecat who also sourced the plants.

Making a great start.
Looking so much better.
Putting the brambles into bulk bags......
.....ready for collection.
Two trips were needed for the National Trust Land-rover and trailer to remove all the bags. 

An excellent afternoon's work by everyone involved.

The following weekend the bluebells were planted by the Windermere and Bowness Civic Society. 

Pictures of the new blooms to follow....

                                            Success!  22nd April 2014. 

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