Villagers take a walk along the boardwalk stopping to look at the River Arrow.

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New Pathway For All Opens At Pembridge Village Green

Saturday 11 July 2009 saw the opening of the newly transformed Pembridge Village Green Conservation Area. A number of drastic changes have been made to the site largely thanks to funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, such as the transformation of the ungrazed grassland area into a managed hay meadow which in turn has become home to a number of creatures from hares to bees and butterflies.

The western half of the area has been transformed into wet woodland with local native tress and shrubs planted throughout; it is now one of the rarest native habitats in the country. One of the main species introduced is the Populus nigra tree – the native black Poplar which is the rarest of our native trees and is commonly found in river flood plains and not in woodlands. This has been planted at the east end of the site, by the river.

The River Arrow itself is home to a large number of creatures; fish including trout, salmon and grayling, crayfish, brook and river lampreys as well as water vole and the elusive otters, together with a large number of insect species. The river has been the subject of insect surveys to monitor the different levels of species in the water, and will continue to be monitored by volunteers.

The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust agreed to provide the sum of £12,000, which funded the vast majority of the project that has seen the introduction of a user friendly boardwalk and pathway with viewing points, in order to provide better access for all, particularly the less able. There are information boards describing the flora and fauna and encouraging sensible and sensitive behaviour on the site.

The information boards were partially funded by the Herefordshire Council Community Projects Grants Scheme and the work was undertaken by 6 volunteers from the village, who are all on the management committee. Children from Pembridge Church of England Primary School were also involved in the planting, with local farmer and ecology expert, Tony Norman, providing advice on what to plant, and how to manage the land and the river.
The area will be maintained on an ongoing basis by the volunteers, with the Parish Council footing the bill for annual maintenance.

John Garbutt, chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust said “One of the four aims of the Trust is to encourage biodiversity and myself and the other trustees were delighted to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile project especially as it will benefit all the residents of Pembridge.”

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