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Village Lake

Letters of Support Sought

Matters are progressing steadily, if slowly, with our application for a grant to conduct an ecological survey of the Village Lake, and produce a subsequent environmental plan, so that we can enhance the ecological wealth of the Lake and surrounding trees and grassland. The existing environmental plan was produced back in 2013, when the lake was handed over to the village, and is now 5 years out of date, and does not take into account, the work that was carried out around 2015, for example the boardwalk between the two lakes. The ecologic survey work is seasonally dependant, so we may not see the new environmental plan until sometime next summer.  Once that is completed, we will apply for a further grant to carry out the ecological improvement works that the plan will envisage. In the meantime, letters of support for the project, are coming in from villagers and these will all help our case in the grant application process. Please email any further letters of support through the Parish Clerk Our next volunteer morning is likely to be mid January ... publicity for this will be circulated in December. Mike

A volunteer morning was held on 29th September

Mike Wilding, assisted by Mike Willis, John Whitwell, Nick Hunt and Andy Clark, spent a sunny autumn morning clearing overhanging growth from the main path, particularly the brambly approach to the boardwalk and the boardwalk itself. Our application for section 106 Lower Mill Estate grant money is now being resubmitted in two stages, the first stage of which is for the required ecological survey and subsequent updated environmental management plan. After these are carried out, we will be in a position to apply for a grant to actually carry out the work Mike

Volunteer Morning Saturday 16 June

Mike Wilding writes: We held our 2nd volunteer morning on the 16th June, and were pleased to welcome some new willing volunteers.  Work included removing the remainder of the old tree guards from the original planting, and sending them for recycling strimming around the benches and picnic tables lopping branches and brambles overhanging the path There were sightings of the four "cootlings" who hatched out earlier in the year, and the morning's work was concluded with some welcome refreshments Our thanks go to LME for two cuts of our path this year ..long may they continue to help out. Our application for grant money from the LME section 106 fund held by CDC, has now gone in, and we await the result, which is expected by the end of July.  Hopefully this will fund some ecological work around the lake. Mike Wilding  


Lake 99 or Village Lake

Lake 99 is a parcel of land once part of Lower Mill Farm that was cut off from the farm by the new bypass built in the 1960s. The rest of the farm is now Lower Mill Estate. The farm was bought by ARC and most of it dug out as sand and gravel. When gravelling was complete, the “moonscape” was left for some years, and after a couple of ownership changes became the holiday village you see today. It might have had a huge lit-up pleasure dome, but we managed to see that off. Our little field was not sold on, but suddenly dug, when the Government decided on a review of gravel planning applications from 50 years before that were not taken up, but still valid. Despite our worries, and after much consultation with the Parish Council and neighbours, digging did little to annoy the village, though caused annoyance from some noise heard by immediate neighbours. The then owners, Hanson, successors to ARC, promised to give the resulting lake to the village. After some years of delay, mainly due to reorganisations of the gravel company - [it is now a German company], we got our lake. The company paid for a management plan by funding an MSc student attached to the Water Park Society, as it then was. A tree planting day with villagers and company representatives took place, then nothing happened for some years before ownership was transferred, during which time the tots in the picture grew into teenagers. Meg, on the left did the management plan, John on the right was the Hanson linkman. On May 5th 2016, an opening party was held. It rained of course. The ribbon, held by Parish Council Chair Sarah Powell, was cut by John Hayward watched by assembled enablers (below) and a large group of villagers, who then had their various picnics, while their dogs (all on leads, as it is a nature reserve) fraternised and children played. The lake is now available for villagers to enjoy, walking, picnicing, playing and looking out for wildlife. A management team has been formed. Councillor John Whitwell is the PC contact.
Pictured are left, County Councillor Shaun Parsons, Parish Councillors with John Hayward (middle) and Jill Bewley (right) from the Cotswold Water Park Trust at the opening ceremony. [Jill is no longer at the CWPTrust].
More pictures will be added over time. Do please send in any pictures that you would like to display
Page last edited 16 November 2018
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