Monthly Archive: May 2009

Garden Party, 7 June

We’re holding a Garden Party on Sunday 7 June to fundraise and keep people in touch with what’s happening around the Wildspace. There are three gardens open between 2 and 4pm (58 Prickwillow Road CB7 4QT; 1 Mulberry Way CB7 4TH; 28 Juniper Drive CB7 4TT); and teas, stalls, and plants from 2 until 5pm at the fourth garden (60 Prickwillow Road CB7 4TX, off Kiln Lane. An all-garden ticket costs £2.

Village Green – Inspector’s report

Five months after the public hearing, we’ve at last received the Inspector’s report on our August 2007 Village Green application. Unfortunately her recommendation to the County Council is to turn the application down. We met nearly all the criteria, but lost on what seems like an extraordinary technicality. She was satisfied that enough people, from a distinct enough locality, have used both parts of the Common, for long enough, and for a sufficiently wide range of activities. But we failed to exercise our right to do so at haymaking time, when people kept out of the way of the mower, and walked around rather than through the piles of cut grass. “They could have chosen to walk in front of the tractor or to walk across the lying lines of hay, but they did not.” That, it seems, is enough to argue that we didn’t use the Common “as of right”, and so in her view it does not qualify as a Village Green. This is an ambiguous legal area and has been subject to appeals by other groups seeking Village Green status. The County Council will make a formal decision on our application in July.

A spring clean for the Wildspace!

Many thanks indeed to everyone who took part in the litter pick around the Ely Wildspace last Saturday. We collected numerous binliners of rubbish (not to mention a washing machine and a sleeping bag!). Tea and cakes were enjoyed at the sailing club afterwards in what proved to be a glorious sunny afternoon.

Ely Reed Day

On 25 April LCPRE volunteers worked with Natural England to harvest rhizomes from a drying reedbed and distribute around 100 potted-up plants to volunteers all over Ely. Over the next year most of these should mature into full-grown reeds, which we’ll then plant out in new reedbeds around the Wildspace in spring 2010. Many thanks to everyone who helped dig or who’s now providing a foster home for reeds. Provided this pilot scheme works well, we’ll have an even bigger event next year.

If you would like more information on caring for your reeds, click here.