Projects Supported 2018/19 (second window)
Limpley Stoke Parish Council
Grant of £1,200 for the development and installation of interpretational signage with a focus on the parish’s biodiversity and wildlife.
This signage will include habitat map data from the local environmental records centre, to provide visitors with an insight into the area’s ecological significance.
Other elements of the signage are the social history of the parish and panoramic sketch of its wider landscape, combined with a quiz encouraging younger visitors to explore the wildlife identified via the environmental data used to develop this interpretation.
The Batsford Foundation were awarded a grant to fund two particular phases of work for restoring a wildflower meadow, totalling £515.
These phases involve covering the existing clay topsoil with low nutrient soil to encourage growth of wildflowers and re-seeding with an appropriate wildflower mix.
Quenington Parish Council
Following a community survey, the majority of local people agreed that public rights of way and the various opportunities offered were vital, however, a map with local footpaths wasn’t readily available. Quenington Parish Council were accordingly awarded a grant of £500 to produce a map with a range of circular walks around the village of Quenington.
These routes have also been selected to ease visitor pressure at key locations and encourage access across the wider landscape surrounding the village, by offering three circular walks extending throughout the area.
Design for Lighting
A grant of £1,575 was awarded to develop a dark skies consultancy service to work with local businesses in the Bath area, for improving the quality of its dark skies.
This project is being delivered in collaboration with the national Commission for Dark Skies, and involves improving the lighting practices for a total of nine businesses, through a combination of site visits, reports and improvements to obtrusive lighting, followed by a monitoring period.
This project will also produce a case study and associated article for publication in industry journals, to contribute to the developing wealth of research into technological improvements for improving dark skies on a national scale.
Chipping Norton Theatre
Chipping Norton Theatre were awarded a grant of £900 to restore the foundation stones of the theatre building, with its nationally recognised theatre undergoing a wider process of restoration. The status of the building and its contribution to local character, as evidenced with the appraisal for the town’s conservation area, was a significant factor in offering this grant.
Minchinhampton Commons Committee
Monitoring of Minchinhampton Common by the Commoners Committee demonstrated that large sections are under-grazed, due to the condition and placing of the various water troughs for cattle throughout this area.
A grant of £1,584 was awarded for the purchase and installation of new troughs, to replace leaking troughs and extend the network of these troughs throughout the Common, thereby improving the grazing provision and managing the grass length for wildflowers and butterflies, amongst other wildlife.
These troughs have been installed, and the difference to the grazing management of the Common already demonstrated via the extended access for cattle across this area.
Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust
The Ascott Martyrs Educational Trust have installed benches to commemorate the Ascott Martyrs, as a significant period from local history. A grant of £950 was awarded for the addition of plaques providing additional information about the Ascott Martyrs. This project, and the information it aimed to provide, is part of a wider initiative with strong community support to develop how the story of the Ascott Martyrs is communicated throughout the village.
Sustainable Woodstock were awarded a grant of £1,069 to develop a recently established community orchard, by installing benches, purchasing additional tools, planting a bog garden, secondary planting, installing bird boxes and a heritage entrance.
This project marks a major development for the charitable organisation, in improving their existing estate and enhancing its biodiversity through expanding its range of habitats.
Nailsworth Town Council
A grant of £930 towards the restoration of a historic spring head and the renewal of steps used for accessing the AONB at Bunting Hill.
Ilmington Parish Council
Grant of £770 towards the restoration of the ‘Coronation Gate’ and the replacement of the ‘Walking Map’.
The Coronation gate is a special kissing gate commissioned in 1953 in honour of the Queen’s Coronation. This fine gate provides access to one of the paths within the village which leads to Centenary way. Though simple in style, it is beautifully hand-carved in oak with ornate hinges, octagonal posts and curved frame. It is well-loved and well-used but after over 60 years, it is badly in need of restoration.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Grant of £1,250 towards the Cotswolds Rivers Barn Owl Recovery Project. Helping reverse the decline in this iconic species through the provision of barn owl boxes along the River Windrush Area, an identified Barn Owl hotspot.
For further information: http://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/
Bourton on the Water Parish Council
Grant of £1,352 towards the restoration of the iconic riverbank dry stone wall where the River Windrush flows through the centre of Bourton on the Water. This will help maintain the high quality environment and historic character of the village centre which is visited by over a million people each year.
Grant of £820 towards the “Cotswold Story: the Bagendon Landscape” project. This project seeks to help people gain a deeper understanding of the landscape they are walking through. A downloadable walking guide which will be complemented by on-line resources, including: interviews, with farmers, archaeologists and residents; further information on the history and land use of the area and links to other relevant organisations and resources.
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust
Grant of £2,500 towards the reconstruction of a railway halt near Hayles Abbey.
This newly restored halt on the historic Gloucestershire Warwickshire steam railway line will not only be a historic feature in its own right it will also connect with the local rights of way network and is just 800 metres from Hailes Abbey.
It will provide for walkers, cyclists and visitors without cars to visit the National Trust owned historic ruins of Hailes Abbey as well as the church opposite, which predates the Abbey by half a century.
The Church is home to a number of early wall paintings which are of much interest to local visitors.
The halt will also enable a circular walk along the edge of the Cotswold escarpment from Winchcombe to Hailes Abbey, returning via the railway from Hayles Halt. Hayles is the original Great Western spelling for the halt which will be used in the reconstruction.
The authentically rebuilt halt will be an interesting and photographic subject in its’ own right with good views from the adjacent bridge offering visitors and photographers a completely new and exciting photographic location
For further information : www.gwsr.com
Bristol Avon Rivers Trust
Grant of £1,000 to Bristol Avon Rivers Trust for the Sherston River IMProvement Project (SHRIMP)
The grant funded coppicing in Grove Woods to let light into the woodland floor, increasing species diversity within the woodland. Vegetation was also cleared in a popular seating area, along footpaths, and also along the riverbank to improve walker’s views of and access to the river.
The grant was also used to work with local residents to clear Hancock’s Well. The waters of this well have a historic reputation for having healing properties for human eyes and dog’s legs. Waste was removed from the site, including a large tractor tyre that was covering the well.
Vegetation was cut back to reveal a stone surround to the well which will now be a much more impressive site for visitors.
For further information: www.bristolavonriverstrust.org
Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers
A community group in Winchcombe has been able to complete a missing section of hard surface footpath thanks to the Cotswold Visitor Giving Scheme. In 2011 the Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome group created the Winchcombe Way, a 42 mile walk around the north Cotswolds. However there was a 30 metre section of path missing where the route crossed Abbey Fields between the play park in Back Lane and the church in the centre of Winchcombe. Walkers faced a steep drop in gradient and a muddy section before rejoining the path at the entrance to St Peter’s Churchyard.
Contributions from visitors to the Cotswolds went towards laying tonnes of stone and soil to re-profile the gradients and provide an all weather hard surface. Now walkers and parishioners have a more scenic route through to the town centre and to hidden and forgotten historic sites. The path crosses the former fishponds and gardens of the old Benedictine Abbey.
Robert Talbot, Secretary of the Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome group said “The offer of a grant from the Cotswold Visitor Giving Scheme was the catalyst to get this much needed improvement made to the footpath network within Winchcombe Town Centre and it will benefit locals and visitors alike for years to come.“
Cotswolds Rivers Trust
Grant of £500 to the Cotswolds Rivers Trust towards river restoration work on the River Coln.
Based around the Winson area near Bibury, this project consists primarily of installing in-stream flow deflectors on featureless stretches of the river. These will use the force of the current to create deeper pockets in the riverbed providing refuges for fish.
The varying depths and current speeds will also enable river plants such as water-crowfoot to thrive providing cover for fish and habitat for invertebrates. It will particularly benefit brown trout which have been identified as an iconic Cotswold species.
The end result will be an enhanced ecosystem with greater numbers of birds such as Kingfishers as well as insects such as dragon and damselflies. A scheme like this at the top of a river is particularly valuable as the natural downstream drift of organisms benefits the whole river.
For further information: www.cotswoldsriverstrust.org
World Land Trust
Grant of £500 to the World Land Trust towards woodland coppicing and site interpretation at Kites Hill Nature Reserve.
Kites Hill Nature Reserve near Painswick Beacon is owned by international conservation charity World Land Trust (WLT) and managed in partnership with the Gloucestershire branch of The Conservation Volunteers (TCV).
Woodland coppicing (a traditional method of harvesting wood) is used at the reserve to maintain a varied and healthy woodland structure. TCV work parties cut hazel to the base to allow light to reach the woodland floor and encourage new growth. This practice benefits a wide variety of plants, insects and birds.
The grant will also contribute towards the production of four interpretation boards to be placed along the Kites Hill nature trail. The boards will highlight key species living at the reserve such as the hairy dragonfly and pyramidal orchid, and explain the management practices that help conserve them and the Cotswolds landscape.
For further information: www.worldlandtrust.org/news/2013/11/kites-hill-autumn-round