THE MILLENNIUM GREEN IS ONE OF THE CHARITIES FOR OCTOBER AT BRIDPORT WAITROSE . WE WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND TOKENS.
At the British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Saturday 26 October, 7.30pm. Chinese bingo, raffle and bar. Tickets £7.50 (members £7) to include Ploughman’s supper. Bring a team of 4 or come on your own and help make up one. Sandra Brown, 01308 423078.
During the summer of 2019 a survey of Badger Setts was carried out on the Meadow and surrounding woodland to investigate their extent and to provide information for any tree thinning management to be carried without disturbing the Badgers. In 1997 a report expressed misgivings about the effect that the woodland path and opening the area to the public would have on Badgers. This year’s survey shows those doubts to have been unfounded.
The 2019 Survey has recorded 348 holes, with 29 classified as active and 183 Partially Used. Consequently it can still be said, as it was in the 1997 report, that the woodland is “literally riddled with holes”. That survey did not count holes; this time GPS as well as traditional techniques have been used to do so. The area is particularly suitable for badgers, with its steep sloping sandy ground in the Woodland.
The proximity of the surrounding houses has isolated the ground and leads to the conclusion that the setts belong to a single social group of Badgers. These houses also provide a valuable food source.
During the survey foxes, deer and smaller mammals were also observed.
BRIDPORT MILLENNIUM GREEN HAS ADOPTED “A HAPPY TO CHAT BENCH” UNDER THE LIME TREE BESIDE MOUNTFIELD. IT IS HOPED THAT IT WILL HELP REDUCE LONELINESS AND ISOLATION IN THE COMMUNITY.
FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF THE STAINLESS STEEL SCULPTURE EXHIBIT ON THE LAWN AT MOUNTFIELD, THE ARTIST ISLA CHANEY HAS AGREED TO CONTINUE IT’S PRESENCE THERE, TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS AND HER OTHER WORK PLEASE VISIT HER WEBSITE AT www.islachaney.com .
Building work for the planned Extension to make a kitchen and toilets is due to start towards the end of August and is expected to be completed in 12 weeks. During this time the area concerned and owned by the Council east of Mountfield will be fenced off with an additional small part of the grassed area of the Millennium Green used for storing building material. This area will have a protective surface placed on it and will be restored after the work is completed.
The pathway adjacent to the stone wall to the East of the main lawn will also be used for Vans and other light vehicles to access the site. This path has dropped around the bandstand area and the opportunity will be taken to achieve a more level surface once again. The damage to this path has been caused over time by vehicles coming on and off the lawn.
The opportunity is also being taken to widen the initial entrance of this path and remove the wooden fencing in front of the path and replace it with metal fencing. This will be at the end of the building period and a diagram of the new layout will be displayed in the notice board at Mountfield. The signage currently on the front of the fencing will be relocated with the aim of achieving a more open vista towards Mountfield.