Summary of the 4th meeting of Greener Great Coxwell, 3rd June 2021
Chowle Farm Plot - We raised £60,000 for the auction but the bidding went up to £116,000 and we were unsuccessful. There was no charge for registering to bid or bidding. All the money pledged has been returned. The purchaser is a company called Hunter and Smoakes who are into charcoal production. We have been in contact with them and they are aware that we represent the environmental interests of the village. We will keep in touch with them and are hoping to build a future relationship and work them when it comes to the future management of the land.
We talked about setting up a legal framework for the group with a bank account and accountability. It was thought this was unnecessary at his stage but once bigger projects with financial implications are underway we will need to revisit this.
We discussed a parish survey to give us a cleared picture of people's concerns, what help they would like, and what ‘green’ aspirations they had.
- On-going work with a solar energy project and heat generation for our homes.
- Discussions with National Trust about making the pond at the Great Barn a more balanced and healthy ecosystem.
- Looking to see if we have village enthusiasm for a community orchard and for a plot this could be on.
- Plant a tree for her Majesty’s Jubilee - we are keen to do something with the whole village and parish council.
Compost bins and water butts:
Oxfordshire County Council use this company - link below, to offer advice and sell kit for composting. The large compost bins are £20 for the 1st one and half price for for the second.
You can also buy timber flat packed compost boxes from around £45. Or you can easily make them from pallets or just make a heap! https://getcomposting.com/en-gb/
There are so many great birds to choose from this month.
Take a walk across Siberia and you’ll surely hear the skylarks. It’s no wonder that their song is world-famous. It’s beautiful and it’s tireless. The larks launch into the air before the sun is up and each song flight can last for several minutes. Luckily, they can breathe and sing at the same time!
But the one to really take a moment to listen for is the corn bunting. Corn bunting populations have crashed in recent years, so we’re lucky to have them in Coxwell. Their song is like a jangling of keys, slow and then faster. There’s often one sitting on the wire above the solitary bush by the path. Hope you enjoy it.