Green Flag Awards
With Christmas and New Year imminent, this is an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved this year. We managed 3 Green Flag awards, the only village in Wales to get three and one of these was the first Green Flag to be achieved on a working farm. We now have 7 sites – one for every day of the week consisting of one meadow, 4 orchards, one woodland and one farm. We managed to obtain funding from BiffaAward, Waitrose, Nationwide and Tescos although we are still awaiting payment from one company who agreed the funding in June.
We have again been short-listed for a Biodiversity award, one of only 3 in Wales. On the negative side the Vale of Glamorgan Council still has no money to cut the Upper Orchid Field so we continue to rely on help from local farmers or landowners to prevent the meadow reverting to scrub. The loss of trees in and around the village is disappointing and we have failed to get mistletoe to grow (but will keep trying!). On the plus side we are starting to see a modest fruit crop with some unusual ones such as Quince fruiting for the first time. Our wildflower planting has been well-received and is why we have been short-listed for a biodiversity award.
We continue to give talks, lead walks and involve local schools. 2017 is going to be just as busy so if you have any spare time and would like to get involved, please get in touch. Absolutely no experience necessary.
A big thank you and
Happy Christmas to all our supporters.