Yoxall Parish Council

Yoxall Parish Council

 

Goose Green Riverside Regeneration.

May 26, 2022

A major environmental project regenerating Council owned Goose Green has taken place.

The aim -  to improve the area for the village and provide a more user friendly facility that all local people may enjoy, particularly the elderly and very young. A pathway has been installed along with picnic tables and benches.

goose-green

 

There is dedicated Woodland School area near the centre of Goose Green which will benefit St. Peters School. Yoxall Guides and Scouts have also welcomed the opportunity to use the Green once more. 

The wildlife pond is being rejuvenated in four phases to protect the local environment. Burton Conservation Volunteer Group has been booked for September 24th to clear out another quarter of the pond and undertake any other maintenance that is required. 

The wild flower meadow has now been signed to advise visitors that the area will only be cut twice a year to encourage germination of seeds.

A “Doggy Dip” area has been created down to the river with steps allowing doggy visitors to have a swim. Please Note that all dogs must be kept on a lead. Some villagers are letting their dogs run free which is not permitted.

The National Forest, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and The Woodland Trust have all given support to the project.

Goose Green was formally opened on 4th September 2021 by Michael Fabricant, M.P. Officlals from ESBC were also present together with members of the Parish Council.

 

Goose Green Opening

 

- New benches have been provided.

Goose Green Trees

- A Remembrance bench has been funded by the Royal British Legion and the Yoxall Book Fund.

- Plaques have been fixed to the benches which quote sponsors names.

- 30 fruit trees have been planted in the community orchard.

- The entrance gates have been replaced and the picket fencing tidied up.

- 60 hedge and copse saplings provided by The Woodland Trust have been planted.

- Improved screening has been installed for the adjacent houses and to encourage more biodiversity.
- Provision of an outdoor education area for young people to enjoy learning about their environment.
- Two interpretation boards will be installed, one for flora and one for fauna. Funding is covered by a National Forest grant.

- A community event took place when St. Peter’s School PTA buried time capsules and planted a tree to mark the spot.

- Further benches have been purchased and information signs put up about the flora and fauna of the Green.

Maintenance work will be carries out in due course. Dates to be announced.

If you would like to help, please contact Diana Muir on:

01543 473455/07880 704292

OR EMAIL dianamuir50@gmail.com

Yoxall Camera Club are recording the various stages of the work, so we hope to publish some visual updates in the coming months.

We are delighted with the progress made to date with this ambitious project. Diana is still looking for local residents with the necessary skills and availability to help her in the coming months.

Latest news.

 

A large area around the pond was recently strimmed following which the abundance of newts and frogs were noted. The final section the pond was cleared (4th year) which has completed a full cycle.  


During the recent flooding of the River Swanbourn (October 20), a stretch of the pathway was washed away. Repairs are being discussed/costed.

Directions to Goose Green.

Stand by the Crown Public House and look towards the river bridge at the bottom of Town Hill. Just before the bridge you will see a gate on the left-hand side by the new houses. That is the entrance to Goose Green.

 

PLEASE NOTE. Fishing is not permitted in the river unless a permit is held. Permits can be obtained from the Parish Clerk - contact details can be found in the Parish Councillor section.

If you use the facilities at Goose green, please take you litter home if the bins are full.