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Rough Around the Edges Autumn Update

Wednesday 30 October 2019

"It’s been a mix of busy and quiet over the last couple of months – and feeling a bit like a duck with feet paddling madly under the water, while calmly drifting over the surface (!).

As with any partnership project, we’ve had the detail to sort out with how we work together on the projects but it looks we’re there now, which is great for everyone.

Our partners at Lindengate are about to start work on their hedges, with Leila from Chiltern Rangers booked to start laying a section of an existing hedge, and a new hedge being planned for planting in the New Year. We’re still working on the best way to support the churches around Chinnor, although Nick has been along to one of their Pet Services, as well as a moth trapping event earlier on in the summer.

Widmer End school are fully signed up now and we have activities planned to help with planting and looking after their new pond and a small woodland area in the grounds. The Swift project led by REG (Risborough Environmental Group) are holding another evening event on 13th November for people to find out about putting up boxes ready for the birds’ return next year. We have a new project in Radnage, where we are hoping to help residents and the council restore a pond.

Volunteers filling the apple press at Donkey Lane Orchard, on October 10, 2019

I spent a really lovely afternoon at Donkey Lane Orchard as well helping to chop and juice apples – they finished the day with about 50 litres of juice – some of which is destined to be cider! The group have had about a third of the trees identified now and they are developing management plans for each of them.

I’ve also been speaking to a number of other groups who are interested in having support from Rate but are just starting to plan their projects – so hopefully there’ll be more to update you with in the New Year."

By Katie Horgan, Rough Around the Edges Project Officer

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