2015

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL in St Mary’s Church

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The theme this year was A Christmas Carol and with a few suggestions from the Volunteers our two great friends, Doreen Hale and Maureen Anstey, decorated a tree on behalf of the Green.

Doreen also wrote a poem:

 

In Praise of the Millennium Green (to the tune of “Oh Tannenbaum”/”Oh Christmas tree”)

Millennium Green oh Millennium Green
Your meadows, trees and branches
Millennium Green oh Millennium Green
Blyth River and Six Arches
Cows come to graze in Summer time
Your home to wild life all the time
Millennium Green oh Millennium Green
You give so much pleasure.

Millennium Green oh Millennium Green
Such wide and open spaces
Millennium Green oh Millennium Green
Green and pleasant places
The Young and old have so much fun
In winter snow or summer sun
Millennium Green oh Millennium Green
You are such a treasure.

WINTER FAYRE STALL 13th December 2015

2015 december 13th wet volunteers at the Lions' Fayre

guess the weight of the cowpat
guess the weight of the cowpat

Green Volunteers were glad to take part again in the Lions’ Fayre and, in spite of the rain, lots of people enjoyed our games and helped us to raise over £150 – guessing the weight of the chocolate cowpat, with fly, was hotly contested and won by Caroline who came within 3oz of the proper weight. The hampers for guessing the distances between the new signposts went to Sally and Reg and Tricia got the name of the cow (Cowslip, of course!) Even more than fund-raising, the Fayre gives us the opportunity to talk to lots of local people about the Green, especially the far corners that not everyone knows.

WLT/MG FROM SCREEN TO GREEN TALK & WALK, THE CUT & MG 24th October 2015

(part of Halesworth’s Heritage Open Days Event)

15th ANNUAL OPEN MEETING 4th October 2015

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HERITAGE WEEKEND, NEW REACH TRAIL WALKS 12th/13th September 2015

Dan Bradbury and Scott Guiver from the World Land Trust – leading a group walk as part of the Halesworth Arts Festival they were telling us about having seen owls and egrets on Blyth Meadow when a little egret helpfully flew past, bang on cue. Dan & Scott have been visiting the Green every lunchtime for at least 18 months now and are contributing enormously to the Green’s natural history records.

creating wherry shape in New Reach for Heritage Open event
creating a wherry shape in the New Reach for Heritage Open event

You might have noticed that a strange structure appeared briefly in the New Reach near White Bridge. This was to show the true astonishing size of the wherries which once came up that waterway all the way into town, and was there during Halesworth’s Heritage Open Day event. This has inspired us to plan an extension to the willow wherry (on the bank, in Folly Meadow) to 50 feet, to reflect the proper size.

DUSK WALK 12th August 2015

O’er folded blooms

On swirls of musk

The beetle booms adown the glooms

And bumps along the dusk

a poem by James Whitcomb Riley

There weren’t too many bumps in spite of the dark on our Dusk Walk which a record number of 65 people (and two dogs) shared. That wasn’t the only record for the night: our youngest visitor that evening, Jack, who came all the way from Ipswich with his family for the Walk, pointed out a micro moth that turned out to be a Mother of Pearl – that’s a first for the Green, so thank you Jack for that sighting. Other wildlife sightings in August include common darter, ruddy darter and migrant hawker dragonflies, a painted lady butterfly (another new record) and several holly blue butterflies who are having a very good second (summer) brood this year.

FOLLOW THE NEW REACH TRAIL 3rd June 2015

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In early June more than 30 walkers strolled the gentle mile of the New Reach Trail for the first time, using a leaflet and information put together by the Green with the help of the Museum.

FROM GREEN TO SCREEN TALK 20th May 2015

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World Land Trust staff Scott Guiver & Dan Bradbury gave an excellent talk at the United Reform Church about their lunchtime walks on the Green. Thanks to them we have a whole new understanding of the range and beauty of the wildlife that lives on, and visits, the Green.

DAWN CHORUS 17th May 2015

May saw the arrival of spring on the Green with the emergence of the first dragonflies and damselflies and the appearance of spring plants such as yellow rattle, adder’s-tongue fern and ragged robin in Folly Meadow. The birds have also been busy and a group of keen and slightly demented birdwatchers set their alarms for a 4am start to witness the delightful sound of the dawn chorus – around 25 species were heard or seen. Highlights included the sight of a female whitethroat collecting nesting material while the male sang away in the tree above, and a grey wagtail hopping about under one of the railway arches.

NATIONAL ‘Sing to the Trees Day’ 22nd April 2015

2015 April U3A Ukele band Sing to the trees

The community orchard trees will grow all the better for having been serenaded in late April by the music of the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Ukelele Group at the Sing-to-the-Trees picnic. There are apples, pears, plums and cherries, all local varieties, along with hazelnuts there for scrumping once the fruit is ripe.