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Priory Wood village green management
At an open meeting called for by Clifford Parish Council at 7.00pm on
13th September 2007, to which all parishioners were invited, the
following points were agreed concerning the management of Priory Common
and the ownership and management of Priory Wood Village Green:
The Common, which is opposite the chapel and is owned by the Parish Council, will continue to be mowed once a year.
Priory Wood Village Green
Green, which is in three plots, and for which formal Village Green
status is being sought, will continue to be maintained for recreational
1, which is located to the north of Oak Cottage and between Cheyney
Cottage/Porking Barn and Cedardene, will have regularly mowed paths
through it and will be given a full topping once a year. Mr and Mrs
Southall kindly offered to provide a bench to be located on the plot.
2, which is triangularly shaped, bisected by a track, located to the
east of Oak Cottage and bordered by the unclassified roads UC 75202 and
75203, will be mowed on the side west of the track once ayear. The area
to the east of the track wil have regularly mowed paths through it and
will be given a complete topping once a year; wild flowers will be sown
and trees planted; seats will be provided in a central area.
which is located adjacent to Well Cottage, will be mown regularly to
allow public footpath and vehicle access to the field on the northern
A management committee will be formed to oversee the
work on the Green. Should you wish to participate please contact
Will Bullough on 01497 831 416.
Victorian star parties to return to Hardwicke
A £50,000 project has been established in order to revive the tradition of amateur astronomy throughout Herefordshire.
As part of the project, Victorian
star parties are planned. These are social events where families and friends gather to
stargaze through a telescope with a local amateur astronomer.
and community residents will also be able to get involved in the
project through researching local history, family scientific events,
and a touring exhibition.
The project will celebrate the life and scientific work of former Hardwicke resident Rev. Thomas William Webb,
as well as Rev. Henry Cooper Key (vicar, Stretton Sugwas, 1846-1879)
and Geoge Henry With (head teacher, Hereford Bluecoats School,
Replica telescopes, based on the
one used by Webb, will be built as part of the project (called
Webb-SHARE), which will run until 2009. There are also plans to produce a play and a DVD based on Webb's life.
Workshops will be held at
Clifford Community Centre on Thursday, 8th November and Thursday 6th
December, run by former Hardwicke Vicarage occupants, Janet and Mark
The project is financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For more information please see the project's website or contact Paul Haley.
Early purple orchid on Merbach
This flourishing example of an early purple orchid* was spotted recently on Merbach common.
Around 20cm in height, the flower is growing in an isolated patch of the common.
is a wide fluctuation in the number of flowering plants from summer to
summer and it may not be in bloom again for several years.
Although the flower is common in southern England it is more rarely seen in this part of the world.
Click here for more information on the early purple orchid.
* Discussion was ongoing between local residents and experts
at Kew Gardens and Herefordshire Botanical Society over whether in fact this is an early purple
orchid, a green-winged orchid, or a very rare hybrid of the two plants.
Historical documents of Clifford and Hardwicke
1st May, 2007
number of maps, farm survey records and old photographs of Clifford and
Hardwicke have been made available to local residents. Please
contact the website manager for more information.
Fire on Merbach Hill common
3rd April, 2007
large fire destroyed bracken and surface litter covering dozens of acres of Merbach Hill common on the evening of 3rd April.
Three fire engines were called out to control the blaze. It is not clear how the fire started.
fire affected all of the area south of the central path from the new
bridleway gate up to, but not including, the grassy areas around the
Recent volunteer work parties to clear paths on the common meant that the fire did not reach the fence or the fields beyond, as shown by the photograph to the right.
weeks later there remained a strong 'bonfire' smell right across the
common. Emerging bluebells had been scorched, and other low-lying
plants important to insect life - though roots, bulbs and seed sets
below the surface of the soil remained unharmed.
regular grazing on the common ended in the 1990s, bracken and
brambles have taken over much of the visible area. These plants
will no doubt grow back stronger than ever, but by
clearing so much of the surface litter, the fire may have encouraged
previously dormant species of herbs and grasses to grow
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