The Trustees of the PDCC have taken the decision to do what they can to bring the natural world that little bit closer to inhabitants whilst at the same time both reducing their carbon footprint and furthering their general sustainability.
“Bringing nature closer”, will involve opening up those areas of the playingfield that over the years have become lost to scrub and brambles and plant a collection of grass and wildflower seeds to create a species-rich habitat that may in time encourage invertebrate life for all ages to investigate and enjoy.
The establishment of a wildflower meadow will take some years, but it will offer a diverse, and exceptionally attractive habitat. The plant diversity attracts insects and other invertebrates (including butterflies, bees, spiders and millipedes), birds and mammals and the flowering species will add a changing palate of colour to our local environment throughout the seasons, for the pleasure of young and old alike.
The project is being managed by a small working group reporting to the Trustees and a lot of groundwork has already been completed- Bushwhacking, Mechanical Digging and weed clearance. However the PDCC will be looking for future involvement in the creation and management of the new habitat by village residents, including the School, to ensure a collaborative involvement that will sustain it for years to come.
We believe that active involvement of the local community in managing the site encourages ownership values to be fostered. Opportunities for education and recreation abound (ranging from nature studies to art lessons). We will be hoping the community get involved in a variety of activities to actively design, plan and manage the site as we progress.
If you would like to get involved in any small way, either preparing the site over the spring and summer or giving input into how it is designed and managed, the Working Group would love to talk to you.
We will be keeping everyone up to date on progress through The Star and on the web via our blog page