Yoxall Parish Council

Yoxall Parish Council

 

Yoxall Riverside Regeneration at Goose Green

Aug 18, 2020

Yoxall Parish Council is well advanced with a major environmental project to regenerate Council owned Goose Green and Swarbourn Meadow. The project is being fronted by Parish Councillor Diana Muir. 

The aim is to improve these areas 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 now been installed along with picnic tables and there whole area is looking really good.

goose-green

 

There will be a 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. This work will form the next stage of the project.

The wildlife pond will be rejuvenated but that cannot take place until the Autumn when the pond is almost dormant. A wild flower area is planned but again, timing is critical and will not happen until the Summer. Other features we hope to include are a Community Orchard which has now ben planted and some wildlife habitats.

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

- A formal opening took place on Friday, 4th September with Goose Green formally opened 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.

- 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.

- It has been a significant achievement to bring some life back to this area which is in heart of the community.

The Parish Council is still looking for donations in respect of the Woodlands School area. There has been a good response to date and it is hoped that as a result of generous donations, a further four benches can be purchased and information signs put up about the flora and fauna of the Green.

If you would like to make a donation, 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. 

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.

One downside.

Large amounts of litter have been left by the bin on Goose Green on a number of occasions. The litter included pizza boxes and all manner of food waste. Would everyone please respect the fact that we are trying to make a really enjoyable facility in the village for everyone to enjoy and we don't want to see large amounts of litter piling up and encouraging vermin. If the bin is full, please take your litter home!