Bright new future for wildflowers in Ash

A grant from South Somerset District Council has helped a community group in Ash to install new planters to support the growth of wildflowers in the village’s Millennium Wood.

Ash Millennium Wood Management Group received a grant of £370 from SSDC’s Area North Committee towards the cost of their project to build raised flower beds in the corner of the Millennium Wood. The plan is to grow annual wildflowers in the beds and help to encourage plant diversity on the site and support pollinators.

Ash school children at work on the Millennium Wood planters
Ash school children at work on the Millennium Wood planters

Pupils at Ash School have been involved in the project, working with volunteers from the village, to plant the wildflowers.  They will later collect and replant the seeds.

Mick Wooden, who manages the Millennium Wood on behalf of the village, said: “This project represents a wonderful opportunity for the community of Ash and the pupils of Ash Primary School.  Not only will they be able to enjoy a colourful display of wildflowers, but they’ll be able to get involved in looking after this community asset.  Children will be able to gain knowledge of botany and pollinators and will see something they have been involved in come to fruition.”

The total cost of the project was £1,620 and the Management Group also made successful grant applications to Ash Parish Council, Wessex Watermark, and Postcode Local Trust, as well as contributing from their own funds.

Speaking about the benefits of the grant, Councillor Neil Bloomfield who represents the Martock ward, said: “This is another great enhancement for the village for residents and visitors to enjoy and so apt that the children are playing their part in looking after our environment for the future.”

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