A successful Bring and Take Morning

Firstly I would like to thank all our Ewhurst LEAP volunteers for helping on Sunday Morning. It was great to see so may volunteers, and to have all the help we needed. We would also like to thank the Parish Council for allowing us to use the rec.

The morning had been advertised with two banners and quite a few A4 posters dotted around the Village. The lettering on the banners was too small for fast traffic to read, we will have bigger lettering next time! More successful advertising was on Facebook via the Ewhurst Community Board. The beautiful weather also encouraged a lot of people to come over.

A small group of us arrived at just before 9am, with the the gazebo and sail flag collected from the LEAP hut. Fortunately the only ‘fly tipping’ we found already deposited was some clothes. The morning proper started with a full team of volunteers before 10am. Cars started arriving soon afterwards, in fact so many arrived that we had a few people directing traffic up and down Broomers lane. It is so dry that we allowed parking on the rec as well as the usual car park and basketball play area.

Leslie Wood held the Hort Soc plant swap near the flag pole. I saw quite a few plants coming and going.

The Bring and Take items were placed towards the EYSC, and the cars parked towards the tennis courts. No electrical items were allowed, or brought, and only small items of furniture.

We don’t allow deliveries any after 11:30, and a large wicker basket was deposited just before this time. It was taken straight away by a happy onlooker. Of the many other items taken, I noticed a petrol strimmer and lawn mower. Compared with how much stuff was brought down, there was very little left at the end. Trasna kindly offered to take the books to a charity shop. A commercial clearance van is being organised to collect the material left in the rec in a day or two.

Alice and I are now the happy owners of some champagne glasses, spare wellies and baskets for pond plants!

There are some pictures on the LEAP image gallery.

Bring and Take (Clear-Out) Morning

Ewhurst LEAP is holding a Bring and Take Morning on Sunday 10th July

After some years without a Clear Out day, we have resurrected it and given it a more accurate name.  Unlike previous occasions, this year it will be held on a Sunday, and won’t clash with the School Fete weekend. 

Please come to the recreation ground between 10 and 12am with unwanted but useable items, and take home anything dropped off on the rec that you would like.  Unfortunately we cannot accept furniture or electrical items.  All items must be freely given (and freely taken too).

Happy New Year

I’d like to wish all readers a very happy New Year. Let’s hope that the pandemic will soon come to an end. Despite the difficulties, Ewhurst LEAP was busy last year:

  •  Surveying 40 of the street trees in and around Ewhurst;
  •  A very successful litter pick;
  •  Making four large wooden planters for the Village Hall – and filling them;
  •  The wonderful village Carnival, where we gave out 200 free packets of wildflower seeds;
  •  Footpath and pond clearance;
  •  Helping the Infant school children planting a hedge.

The committee would like to thank you for all your help.

We have photos of some of these, please look at our Image Gallery to see them.

This year we have lots more ideas for activities. Yesterday we cleared footpath FP440 (well it is now passable, but only single file!) and more footpaths are planned. Much later in the year we will be clearing more of the pond, but this spring we will be planting yellow rattle plant plugs next to it. We hope this will discourage the grass and allow many other wildflowers to grow naturally. We are also doing a litter pick (always a favourite), as well as surveying the public footpaths and bridleways in the parish.

Village Pond 2021

As we do most years the pond by the Village Hall car park had its clear-out over the last couple of Working Party sessions. Because it had very little attention last year we had a lot to do, but still managed a huge amount. Fortunately the weather was good (not too hot, cold or wet) on both Saturdays.

It is important to leave a lot of material in situ for the wildlife, so we can only clear up to one half of the pond itself. Next year we will clear a different section. The surrounds were almost completely cleared, but still leaving a lot ground cover.

All material dragged out of the pond has been left near the edges, to let any creatures crawl back in. We will move this at a later date, when it has dried out a bit and isn’t quite so heavy.

I have some pictures of our efforts below.

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Free Meadow Maker seeds instructions

To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower

‘Age of innocence’ William Blake

Given out at the Ewhurst Carnival

Meadow maker plus from Plantlife: A diverse mix of species to establish a wildflower meadow that will put on a really good floral display. Contains British Native Wildflower species suitable for most conditions, including lady’s bedstraw, common Bird’s-foot trefoil, meadow buttercup, white campion, cowslip, oxeye daisy, dandelion, common knapweed, greater knapweed, black medick, ribwort plantain, selfheal, yellow rattle, yarrow, common sorrel, common vetch, red clover, betony, field scabious and musk mallow.

LEAP Seed packets

Please send us (mail@ewhurstleap.org.uk) a photo of your meadow when it flowers!

Sowing

Each packet given out at the Ewhurst Carnival covers approximately 2m2.

Sow in spring or autumn into a fine, well prepared seed bed and lightly rake, then firm soil. Ensure seedlings are well watered. Cut back all growth at the end of flowering (late Aug-Sept), removing all cuttings.

This unique wildflower mix will help you (and your bees and butterflies) enjoy native flowers in your garden. For more wildflower gardening tips and advice, visit www.plantlife.org.uk/wildflower_garden

Village Hall forecourt

On Saturday 10th July we are going to help with a long term project to enhance Ewhurst and Ellens Green, and slow down the traffic. The full proposal, which is only a discussion document, can be read below.

Joanna has written a piece in the Village email bulletin, you can read it along with the rest of the bulletin here:

Bulletin 402 (campaign-archive.com)

The initial project is to make some changes to the Village Hall forecourt. This includes moving the huge waste bins and building various planters for the forecourt.

As usual, everybody is welcome. As this is quite a major project for LEAP we will be working from 10am-3pm instead of the usual 10am to midday. Stay for as long as you like, you can join us for an hour or two, or for the whole time.

Ewhurst LEAP tree survey

Many thanks to all those that took part in this tree survey on 2nd January 2021.

For the survey we had four groups of people (maintaining social distancing) making various tree measurements and photos in the village and Ewhurst Green, to add to Treezilla. This is a “citizen science project that is aiming to encourage members of the public, local authorities, business, local groups and other organisations to collaborate in mapping, measuring and monitoring trees across the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland”.

Treezilla measures the “eco-benefits” of the trees as they are added. On the day we could only measure a small fraction of the trees in the village but the numbers are still impressive. The measured trees give an annual saving of £3,840. Just imagine what benefits all the trees in parish are giving!

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Looking back – and forwards

The time between Christmas and New Year is a time for thinking about the old year and looking towards the new.  In 2020 LEAP was necessarily very quiet, but despite this we did manage to do some footpath clearance, meadow making, litter picking (twice!) and scrub clearance around the pond.  We also have set up a new and better website, at the same location as the old one (EwhurstLeap.org.uk).

We are lucky to have some marvellous descriptions of rambles around the parish written by one of our volunteers, Richard Sellwood, all of which can be found on the new website.

The parish council has also been very generous, and with the money they gave us we have been getting equipment to help with our pond and footpath work.

The committee would like to say thank you to everybody involved.

As we are in Tier 4 we have to be careful for the first working party of the new year.  All voluntary work is allowed but we must keep 2 metres apart.  So on Saturday we would like you to help with a Tree Survey.

This is part of a citizen science project called “Treezilla”.  We will work in pairs, staying 2 meters apart, find trees and take some measurements.  Alice and I will provide every pair with a written description of the project, a map of Ewhurst and a simple form to fill in for each tree you find.  Note we will only be measuring solitary trees in public places, not in gardens or woods.

Please come with a tape measure to measure the girth of the trees, a pen and something to press on (like a clipboard if you have one) to fill in the forms.  A camera, e.g., a mobile phone camera, will also be useful.

It would be lovely to see all those of you that can make it.  Please meet in the Village Hall car park at 10am on 2nd January.  We will get together again at midday and you can pass back your surveys.  If you have taken any pictures, please reply to this email with the pictures when you get back home afterwards.

All the best,
Eddie

ps. During this horrible pandemic, please email us if there is anything we can help with, or even if you just want a chat.