On Thursday evening we held the Friends of Rowley Fields AGM. Since we were experiencing the last gasp of summer we decided to hold it up on the benches at the top of the fields.
14 people attended.
Last Autumn’s bat walk was very popular and there was agreement that we should continue to invite experts to the fields to help us understand what we have on our doorstep.
It was noted that the latest memorial bench provided by The Strauss Family in memory of Lucy Strauss has been a popular addition to the fields.
As usual the hot topic was preserving the fields for future generations and we’re keen to obtain ‘Town Green Status’ which makes the site almost impossible to build on. This is such a big topic that I intend to cover it separately in a new post early next month because we all need to be active in pushing this forward.
This year we were joined by Sara Aspley, CEO of the Town Trust (centre stage in the picture above)
For those who have followed the Town Trust recently its safe to say that there is now a different outlook on how Rowley Fields should be used (rather than sold off) and there was discussion about:
Applying for Bio Diversity Grant
The planting of an Orchard
Planting more trees and improving hedgerows
Allocating part of the fields to create a wildflower meadow
Improved community engagement
We urge all the friends to continue to engage with the Trust and with this in mind they are holding a consultation on what people want from the charity. You can either complete the online questionnaire or visit them at their open afternoon this coming Wednesday.