Cllr John Hunt – County, District and Parish Councillor

Friends of Longrun Meadow grant certificate presentation

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At the end of last month it was a pleasure to meet up with the inspiring Friends of Longrun Meadow, to present a project fund certificate to their Chair, Helen Lawy on behalf of Somerset County Council, confirming a grant in excess of £16K awarded to the Longrun Meadow group, who together with Comeytrowe Park, Netherclay Community Woodland and Victoria Park have worked together on this SCC bid. They have made management changes to the open spaces which will help to mitigate climate change. They have been enabled and supported by SWT.

Helen said: “We have restored existing and ancient hedgerows, planted new lines of hedges and lowered the canopy to create ecotones (transition areas between two biological communities, where two communities meet and integrate) at the margins of wooded areas.”
“We have begun to develop a mosaic of habitats through changes in grassland management and structural management of the edges and margins of hedgerows providing connectivity between habitats
We are creating new signage which will inform local park users and the wider communities about the importance of hedgerow and grassland management.”

I’d like to thank Helen and her fellow Longrun Meadow volunteers for taking the time to show me the impressive work they have already undertaken.

People in certificate presentation photo above are from left to right: Steve, Philippa, Dave, Adrian, Cllr John Hunt and FoLM Chair Helen Lawy.

The volunteers planting Fruit trees are from left to right: Bob, Olivia, Leo, Helen, Mel, Philippa, Keith and Fran

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