Community and Opens Spaces Project
ONE OF THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENTS THE VILLAGE OF DOBWALLS WILL EVER RECEIVE
At long last Dobwalls Parish Council has finally completed the purchase of the land which will allow the council to make a start on the Carbon Neutral community project.
The funding for the purchase of the two fields came from money Wainhomes paid to Cornwall Council in lieu of providing any open space areas on the housing development next to the school.
One field will provide additional sports facilities for the community which will be managed by Dobwalls Football Club with much needed extra space and the Parish Council has exciting plans for a public open space in the other field.
Parish Council Chairman John Dunn explains: “Now we are the owners of the land we can make a start in one of the fields on creating a habitat which will not only attract all kinds of wildlife but will provide an area where families can spend time together, whether just to relax or make use of the space for walking etc.”
The Parish Clerk Linda Coles and the local Cornwall Councillor Jane Pascoe put together a successful grant application to secure the funds which will allow the Parish Council to develop the site.
The conditions for the funding are very stringent and, to avoid the loss of the funding, the project needs to follow the guidelines laid down.
“With this in mind, we have employed Fountain Forestry who will be planting a variety of native trees,” says John Dunn.
“There will be a minimum of 1100 trees within the site but there may well be a lot more than this, depending on the space available.
“We will also be planting a few larger ‘memorial’ trees which people could perhaps place a plaque beside to remember loved ones.”
All the trees will help the Forest for Cornwall in achieving its target to provide thousands of trees to help reduce the county’s carbon footprint.
Picnic tables and benches are planned in one part of the field for people to enjoy.
John adds: “We are also looking to create an orchard which will have a number of varieties of fruit trees and we will be asking for volunteers to get involved with the planting.
“Once the orchard is established we could organise fruit picking events in the early autumn to harvest the fruit.”
The Parish Council has been in touch with the Lost Gardens of Heligan to seek advice on how to create a wild flower meadow which will help attract all sorts of wildlife which will, in turn, help to pollinate the fruit trees. This part of the project should start next spring.
Unfortunately, because of the restrictions placed on the grant funding, there will not be any play or exercise equipment. Access to the land will be for pedestrians only as the conditions do not permit the creation of a car parking area.
The site will be secured by a wooden fence with entrance through small gates.
At a later stage it’s hoped to install bird and bat boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog hides. It’s hoped the school and other groups will use the site for nature studies once it is established.
“I am sure other towns and villages will be envious of what we aim to achieve,” says John.
“Hopefully we will create a venue with a peaceful environment which will be used for generations to come and something that all of us will be proud of.”
There will be regular updates on the Parish Council website and a link will be shared to the Dobwalls Community Group site.