North Wessex Downs AONB, Units 3-4, Denford Manor, Lower Denford, Hungerford, RG17 0UN
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Grants

 

Projects 2015 - 2016

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Repair of Ramsbury Lych Gate

Repair of Ramsbury Lych Gate

The Lych-gate at the entrance to the churchyard at Ramsbury church has been restored to its former glory. The Lych-gate was built in 1910 as a family memorial and it is a focal point in the village used by the whole population, literally from the cradle to the grave. It is the only covered seating area in the village. Sadly, one of the main beams had rotted and was endangering the structure so specialist repair work was needed and carried out by TRAC Structural Ltd of Bristol.

Dr Michael Handford, chairman of the project, hopes the recent repair will enable the Lych-gate to survive as an asset of the village for another 100 years.

 

 

 

Village Hall Heating Improvement Project

Village Hall Heating Improvement Project

A new environmentally friendly heating system has been put in place at All Canning's Village Hall. The hot air system uses an air pump heat exchanger to provide a more comfortable level of heat for all users and conforming insulation for the cavity walls and the ceiling. Air conditioning cooling is available when needed.

 

 

 

Mapping the Marlborough White Horse

Mapping the Marlborough White Horse

Much has been written concerning Wiltshire's hill figures with particular attention paid to the region's generous collection of white horses.

This project brings together methods to accurately map hill figures in context of their immediate surroundings; the recording and analysis of structural elements providing a nuanced appreciation of their construction. Investigative techniques have been tested and effectively employed to potentially better understand the dynamic shift in a hill figure's appearance over the years.

These results contribute to a fuller understanding of a hill figure's construction, historic change in shape and position, and inform how hill figures were constructed, how hill figures change over time, and how that change impacts on their conservation.

Pewsey Train Station Mural

Pewsey Train Station Mural

Visitors to Pewsey Railway Station will have noticed a new mural which has been supported by the AONB and Great Western Railway.

Local resident Sylvia Clayden working with Pewsey Vale School, a college with arts status, held a competition for ideas which was won by Natasha Verdetti-Peters further graphic artwork was carried out by fellow student Brigit Graystone.

 

A Guide to Harvesting Wood-fuel from Hedges

A Guide to Harvesting Wood-fuel from Hedges

Traditionally, hedges provided a variety of wood products including firewood, but as labour became more expensive and wood was replaced by fossil fuels, the practice of managing hedges for firewood was lost. Following recent rises in oil and gas costs and concerns about climate change, there is a growing interest in reviving the economic value of hedgerows through managing them once again for wood fuel, mainly through coppicing.

A best practice guide to generating wood fuel from hedgerows was published in partnership with The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm. It pulls together current and previous research, related projects, policy recommendations and management guidelines. The guide is aimed at farmers and landowners, agricultural and forestry contractors, conservation organisations and local authorities interested in managing hedges for wood fuel. It focuses on the logistics and practicalities as well as methods and machinery selection. It outlines how and why you might manage your hedges for wood fuel, includes advice on how to select appropriate hedges, how to plan the management, what the machinery and processing options are as well as the economics and any legal considerations.

Wild Writing

A series of creative writing workshops were held in schools to help pupils express their feelings about landscape. The workshops, run in partnership with 'Creative Learning and Innovation Projects' (CLIPS) and will culminate in a residential workshop where children from the North Wessex Downs and those from urban areas will be brought together for further work.

The Nine White Horses Performance

The Pewsey Heritage Museum hosted a travelling show suitable for ages 7 to 107 based on the history of the nine white horses of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. An animated mixed media production performed by Theatre des Bicyclettes with dance, poetry and live music.

The travelling performance is the result of founder and writer Robert Stredder journeying and walking the Wiltshire Downs, to find the horses in Devizes, Pewsey, Cherhill, Hackpen Hill, Alton Barnes, Marlborough, Broad Town, Westbury and Uffington.

Robert said: “This show is for all – historians, walkers and for those who are interested in the White Horse Trail. It is also for the children of all ages, who get drawn into the drama of the piece and become the actual horses and ponies at the end of the tale. It is a story of the elements on several levels to celebrate our heritage.”

Winter Forest School Project

Winter Forest School Project

An SDF grant helped a Forest School to purchase a high quality, weatherproof Tipi so that teaching can continue all year round.

The Forest School at Hurstbourne Tarrant delivers programmes for children with special educational needs, families and home educated children, helping them to learn more about the flora and fauna in semi-natural ancient woodland throughout the seasons.

The grant funding will help to provide the tipi, a wood fired heating system and cooking equipment so the outdoor education and forest school programme can provide a comfortable base right through the winter .

Wilton Website Re-launch

Wilton Website Re-launch

Set high above the village of Wilton, in the heart of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty, about 9 miles south east of Marlborough in Wiltshire, Wilton Windmill is the only working windmill in Wessex and still produces wholemeal, stone-ground flour.

A new website for the Wilton Windmill was made possible by an SDF grant. The site is full of ideas for your visit to the Windmill, things for the kids, recipes for our flour, local walks and fabulous photos

Living Rainforest Interpretation

The Trust for Sustainable Living aims to further understanding of sustainable living through education at their Living Rainforest Centre. This centre brings the rainforest to life for more than 82,000 visitors, including 24,000 children attending on school visits.

The Trust plan to open a spectacular additional glasshouse to the public. This will benefit all of our visitors and achieve a 5% growth in visitor numbers in the first year. An SDF grant has been awarded for including interpretation relating to the North Wessex Downs in a 'picture wall' display.

Letcombe Regis Village Hall Landscaping

A grant was awarded to carry out landscaping and nature enhancement as part of constructing a new village hall in Letcombe Regis. The works, carried out by volunteers include planting native flora, maintaining trees and hedgerows and management of orchard and meadow habitats.

Eastbury Chalkstream Restoration

Eastbury Chalkstream Restoration

The Eastbury Village flood Prevention Association (EVFPA) was set up in 2012 to mitigate the effects of the Lambourn flooding within the village and has now expanded its remit to encompass the restoration and conservation of this unique chalk river.

Major de-silting and bank restoration works were carried out by a very willing and able band of volunteers. A SDF grant was awarded for materials to complete the bank restoration project in the heart of the village.

A series of pre-planted coir rolls and faggots made from local coppice material have been staked in place to support the bank and restore the natural gravel bed of the river.