Ecological Emergency

On 15 July 2020, Cotswold District Council declared an ecological emergency, putting ecological issues at the heart of their actions, in order to deliver nature recovery across the district.

This page records Little Rissington’s response to the CDC’s declaration

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22 October 2020

“A scruffy garden is better than a tidy one.”

Says Monty Don, who now prides himself on being a bit scruffy, in order to encourage hedgehogs, bugs and the birds which feast on insects.

He tells readers of My Garden World that helping nature can be very simple, explaining: “Have some water in the garden. A pond is great, but even if you don’t have room for a pond, a tub or a dish of water, secondly have some long grass that you only cut once or twice a year because it’s very easy, and short mown grass everywhere is hopeless for wildlife.

“Don’t be too tidy, don’t have bare soil, weeds are better than nothing, have a few piles of leaves. Provide cover. If you’ve got room to have hedges, shrubs and a few trees so much the better”.

18 October 2020

Crocuses Everywhere

Fellows and Family of the Flora, Fauna & Fruitcakes Fraternity snuck around the village today like squirrels, planting 3,000 P4P crocus corms.

11 October 2020

Crocuses on Fountain Bank

500 crocuses were planted today on Fountain Bank. They were bought by the Parish Council in aid of the Rotary’s Purple for Polio (P4P) initiative.

9 October 2020

A New Look for Sweeting Corner

The plan for Sweeting Corner is to plant a copper beech in place of the three mangy cherry trees. Between the beech and the two walls and in pockets close to the pavement, we will plant shrubs. Under consideration are:

  1. Viburnum bodantense – ‘Dawn’, pink flowers in the winter 
  2. Philadelphus ‘Beauclerk’ – ‘Belle Etoile’, flowers in May
  3. Ilex aquifolium JC Van Tol – Self-fertile Holly, with berries
  4. Viburnum opulus – White flowers in June, red berries in September
  5. Euonymus alatus – Japanese spindle, brightly coloured seed pods 

With thanks to James Bolton of Border Lines Garden Design for his advice.

The end result will be mown paths winding between shrubs, beneath a glorious copper beech. In the meantime, we are encouraging flowers to grow: we have planted hundreds of bulbs, scattered wild flower seeds and avoided mowing what flowers are already there, which now have the headroom to show themselves.

We ask for your forbearance as this process of regeneration will take time.

Also suggested is a Garrya:

24 September 2020

Verges Become Meadows

Plantlife post a video showing how a road verge in North Wales is being turned into meadow.

19 September 2020

Crocuses on Sweeting Corner

Today we planted 500 crocuses on Sweeting Corner that the Parish Council bought to support the Rotary’s Purple for Polio (P4P) initiative.

16 September 2020

Flora, Fauna & Fruitcakes Meeting

A meeting of the Flora & Fauna Group was held on the Village Green. Progress in tending The Green, Sweeting Corner, The Bus Stop Verge, and The Scrubs was reviewed and plans were laid for further work at these sites to improve the habitat for wildlife.

23 August 2020

Lessons Learned from the Leaders

BBC’s Countryfile highlights a large estate and a small village in Suffolk that are both leading the way in terms of wildlife regeneration. They visit the 5,000-acre Somerleyton Estate in Suffolk to find out about an ambitious Wild East project aimed at turning East Anglia into a giant nature reserve. They also visit the village of Risby, where residents are doing their bit no matter how small a patch they have.

17 July 2020

Sweeting Corner Regeneration

Members of the Flora & Fauna Group meet at Sweeting Corner to determine where the paths should be and which areas are best suited for regeneration, starting with wildlife patches. Notices were posted around the village asking for forbearance while experiments were carried out and plans were executed over the next two years.

15 July 2020

Ecological Emergency Declared

Ecological emergency declared in the Cotswolds. More on the CDC website.

13 July 2020

Parish Acts to Restore Wildlife

Little Rissington Parish Council authorises the Flora & Fauna Group to make Sweeting Corner both human and wildlife friendly. This in response to news that 97% of wildflower meadows have been eradicated since the 1930s. 75% of remaining meadows occur in small fragments and remain vulnerable to destruction.