JANUARY UPDATE 2019
The BJMO Committee, and all friends of the meadow and orchard, would like to say a deep thank you to Helen Young, who has stepped down as Chair. That our Jubilee Meadow and Orchard remains such a successful and loved feature of Bredfield life, is in large part down to the great work she has done over recent years. Her shoes will be difficult to fill, but Stewart Belfield had taken over the role of Chair of the BJMO Committee.
The BJMO Committee is now in need of new committee members. Most particularly, we are looking for someone would like to join the Meadow and Orchard Committee as a volunteer Secretary. This role would suit someone who has interest in community facilities and events. Practical knowledge of orchards and wildflower meadows is not essential. The Committee manages the maintenance of the Meadow and Orchard and organises event that are held there. Details of the role are given below (If you would like to work on the Committee in a different role, please also get in touch.)
VOLUNTEER SECRETARY ON THE BREFIELD JUBILLEE MEADOW AND ORCHARD COMMITTEE
How much time is involved?
Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard (BJMO) Committee meets about five times per year, plus some additional meetings for organising events. The role of Secretary, though important, should not take up too much of anyone’s time.
What does the job involve?
· Attending meetings of the Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard (BJMO) Committee and engaging in discussions.
· Taking outline notes of the meetings and the decisions made.
· It will not require much in the way of ‘secretarial skills’, though some basic IT skills and an ability to keep documents in an organised manner would be desirable
· Occasionally contacting other organisations (such as Orchards East or Suffolk Wildlife Trust).
· Helping with events at the Meadow and Orchard (such as the Wildflower Walk and the Fruit Juicing Day).
· Stationery and other costs can be claimed for.
Who do I contact?
Please contact Stewart Belfield, who is the chair of the Committee, and will be able to answer any questions you may have, at:
email@example.com Mobile: 07963 737546
In terms of flora, winter is a dormant time at the meadow. However, it is not wholly quiet down there. Amongst the meadow’s border hedge and trees you’re likely to hear the delightful tinkling calls of Goldfinch and catch sight of their spectacular plumage. Goldfinch are one of Britain’s recent nature success stories, and they are now likely to be the commonest finch that you’ll find around your garden feeder. This success consist with the plight of Greenfinch, the population of which has experienced decline in the last 10 years (Trichomonosis - a disease caused by the protozoan parasite Trichomonas gallinae - is widely acknowledged to be the causal factor in this decline.)
A new species has been added to the meadow’s flora list: not a flower, but a tree; discovered not by direct observation of the tree, but noting a photo of its acorn (see image). It’s a Turkey Oak (Quercus cerris), which is a native species of SE Europe and Asia Minor, and whose acorns have characteristic ‘hairy cups’. This tree has been planted widely around Suffolk, for ornamental purposes. In all probability, the tree arrived in a meadow hedgerow via an enterprising but forgetful Grey Squirrel or Jay, who carried the acorn from somewhere nearby and buried it for a mid-winter meal.
Finally, a note about moths in winter. I haven’t been down to the meadow on a cold December night but, if I was foolhardy enough to do so, I would have more than likely caught sight of a few pale small moths flying around. The name of these moths is apt – they are Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata). You may have seen these moths on your lighted winter panes on a December or January night. Why would any self-respecting moth fly around in mid-Winter? Well, it’s the species-survival workings of evolution at play. There are no bats about to eat them in mid-winter!
AUTUMN UPDATE 2018
On Sunday 30th September, Bredfield’s annual Juicing Day took place. This community event was well attended and lots of people turned their apples and pears into delicious juice. Somewhere in the region of 25 litres of juice was produced. A great success!
Though the Apple and Pear trees in the orchard are still too immature to be bearing fruit, the Quince tree has produced a wonderful display of fruit.
As autumn proceeds, the array of flora in the meadow diminishes, but plenty of flora and mini-fauna is still to be found if you look closely. The yellow flowers of Fleabane, Ragwort, Hawksbeard and Meadow Buttercup are the main feature, though a few mauve flowers of Hedge Woundwort are still to be found. During September the Corn Mint was flowering and this produced a late ‘feast’ for Honey Bees. Early autumn enjoyed plenty of bright days and butterflies visited the meadow to enjoy the sun. Painted Lady, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell and Small Copper were among the species to be found. Hoverflies, of at least five species, were also around in good numbers. Around the bushes to the right of the entrance track, Specked Wood butterflies remained a regular feature. Around the margins of the meadow, lots of berries have appeared: Sloes, Dog Rose Hips, Blackberries and Hawthorn berries. Common Darters sunned themselves on any fallen branches beneath the trees.
If you want to get up-close to nature, and see flora and fauna of the Bredfield meadow in detail, remember to visit our new website.
An article on the Bredfield Meadow and Orchard can be found in the autumn edition of the Grundisburgh News.
Summer Update 2018
“To enumerate all of the plants that have been discovered within our limits would be a needless work; but a short list of the more rare, and the spots where they are to be found, may be neither unacceptable nor unentertaining.” (Gilbert White, ‘The Natural History of Selbourne’, 1788)
Ninety-eight species of flora have now been identified in our small meadow. Many of these were to be found on the Wildflower Walk, led by Laurie Forsyth, on June 16th. Too many species to list here, but it is worth mentioning the array of orchids that were on display. By far the greatest in number were Southern Marsh Orchid – a purple haze of over 200 flowers. In amongst these were: Pyramidal Orchid, the fancy disguise of Bee Orchid, and a few Common Twayblade. Orchids galore! With such a biodiversity of flora, an abundance of insect-life is attendant. Butterflies to be seen include: Comma, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Common Blue, Large Skipper and Essex Skipper. As you may expect, it’s a haven for bees too. There’s a new website with photos of the flora and fauna of Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard. In addition, an article on the meadow and orchard can be found in the Summer 2018 newsletter of the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service.
There’s no meadow without a mowing. Suffolk Wildlife Trust helps us manage the meadow for future blooms and this year we were advised to have a mid-summer mowing. That’s the reason why the meadow looked rather ‘bald’ at the start of the summer. Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard thrives because of its close partnership with organisations such as Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Orchards East.
Our next event is our annual ‘Juicing Day’. Young and old from the village can participate in the pressing of local apples - not yet from our community orchard, but soon. This will take place on Sunday 30th September - look out for notices. If you have apples that have survived the long hot summer, bring them along (preferably ready chopped) and take home the tastiest apple juice you might ever find!
For a fourth year, we are thrilled to have received a Community Green Flag Award, in recognition that the meadow and orchard is amongst the best green spaces in the UK. Laurie Forsyth, of the Suffolk Flora Preservation Trust, has declared it to be “a natural history treasure that has survived into the 21st century” and Tracey Housley, of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, has correctly described it as “a fabulous community site”.
Our meadow and orchard is now almost five years old and this provides an occasion for a summary and update. In coming months, we hope to provide regular reports of both wildlife and community events in the meadow and orchard. Keep an eye on this website.
The majority of the fruit trees are still alive and growing well, though a few haven’t survived and have been replaced. Improvements made to the meadow and orchard include: a parking area; a wooden fence and gate at the entrance; a notice board; a wooden shelter with information boards; bird boxes and an owl box; a secure storage hut; two benches; and a ‘dog poo’ bin.
On the subject of dog waste, can we remind all dog-owners using the meadow that they must clear-up after their dogs. Failure to clear-up is not only a health hazard and illegal, it risks the withdrawal of the Community Green Flag Award that we gained in 2016.
As you walk around the meadow, please make use of the information sheets and record your flora and fauna observations in the notebook provided. These records contribute towards an audit of biodiversity in the local area. We are now members of the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please do not pick the wildflowers; take photos instead!
A circular pathway has now been established and a further one will also be marked out this coming season. If you wish to get closer to the fruit trees or general vegetation please feel free to wander, but bear in mind some of the flowers are easily damaged.
Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard is an important community resource and a place for the community to use. Over recent years there have been wildflower walks, a bat evening, and two apple and pear juicing days. These juicing days, held in October, will be an annual event. Make sure that you come along to enjoy great fun and delicious juice! The trees in our orchard are still too young to provide fruit, but we expect a bonanza in coming years.
A reformed committee assists with the maintenance and improvement of the meadow and orchard. The members are: Helen Young, Paul Wigens, Roswyn Bradshaw, Angela Derham, Vince Buckman and Stewart Belfield. If you have any ideas or suggestions concerning the meadow and orchard, please speak to any of these committee members.
Our next event (weather permitting) will be WORKING PARTY CLEAR-UP SESSION on Saturday 17th March from 9.00am to 12.00noon. Please see the separate notice on the Bredfied website for details of this event.
Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard has been awarded a Green Flag Community Award. The Jubilee Meadow and Orchard in Bredfield is one of the very best in the UK - and that's official. The Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and Orchard is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.The award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.Any green space that is accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status. A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site's historic features and the standard of conservation. Check out the EADT
By now many of you will have noticed that we now have an improved and safer access to the meadow with a fence set back about 12 metres. The five-barred gate will be kept locked unless access is required by a tractor or other maintenance machinery. The two-way pedestrian gate next to it will be never be locked so access is possible at all times.
At the moment the entrance area is somewhat muddy, but this is hardly surprising given the weather we've had recently and the fact that there has been a heavy hole boring machine running backwards and forwards over it. It will soon be back to normal once the weather improves. Take a look at the pictures
We have arranged for at least two events at the meadow this year. The first will be a wild flower walk led by Stephen Massey either in spring or early summer. We are just awaiting a final date for this. The other event is a bat evening in late summer to be run by the Suffolk Bat Group. Again we are awaiting a final date. Further information will be published when it is available in the Lantern and on the village website .
Suffolk Wildlife Trust have visited again and are keen to support us in a family event similar to the Wildlife Recognition Day which we held in 2014. They cannot run this due to funding issues, but can provide resources and advertising. If anyone would like to take on the organisation of this please let us know. We would of course have to make sure the correct safeguarding checks are carried out. In the meantime we hope you enjoy the meadow and the orchard.
I'm sure everyone will agree that it doesn't seem like two years have passed since the Parish Council purchased the once Glebe Land to be a village amenity. Since the completion of the purchase in August of 2013 a great deal has been achieved by a large number of people.
We have created a traditional orchard and through regular topping (three times now) have improved the existing wild flower meadow. The layout of the orchard has been carefully planned to co-exist with the wild flowers and not change the character of this element
Apart from that, bird and bat boxes along with a barn owl box have been erected, the front boundary hedges have been cut to a sensible height (after the nesting season), two benches have been introduced and a shelter has been erected and weather-proofed. The benches were supplied by a company called Realise Futures which employs people with disabilities and learning difficulties. They are made from recycled plastic and will last for a long time without maintenance. Thanks to the village shop we now also have a lovely sign. A winding mown path has been created through the orchard and wild flowers and we thank Robin D'Arcy for maintaining this for us.
As a next step we are intending to improve the access by removing the present white five-barred gate and erecting a new fence with a new five-barred gate and a pedestrian gate (suitable as well for wheelchair access). We are hoping to complete this by Christmas if possible.
We have held a series of well-supported events in the meadow so far including a tree-planting day and some free events organised by Suffolk Wildlife Trust including a wild flower walk and a Family Forage Day. We are in the process of consulting with SWT to arrange more of these sorts of events during the spring and summer of 2016.
Lastly, it is important to re-iterate one of the main aims of the management of the meadow is that it should be BY the community FOR the community and we are trying to develop a space which will appeal to and be accessible to all sections of our community - young or old. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this lovely peaceful space. ACCESS IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE AT ALL TIMES so feel free to go in and sit, walk or explore at your leisure.
Information about Bredfield Jubilee Meadow and orchard and events held will be published in the Lantern, on the village website (bredfield.onesuffolk.net) or in the newsletter distributed to those on the mailing list. If you are not on the Jubilee meadow and Orchard mailing list please contact Karen (firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve (email@example.com). If you have any suggestions for the future development of the meadow including possible events please let us know. You can do this by contacting one of the main committee members (Helen Young, Karen Bowe, Paul Wigens, Steve Stammers or Vince Buckman) or you can contact any member of the Parish Council who will pass your suggestions on.
A meeting was held on 21st November to discuss the achievement's of the project so far and things for the future. This year the beautiful shelter was erected but it was felt that still not enough residents were making full use of the facility and very soon a new gate will be installed further back in the field which will make the site more appealing. Minutes of the meeting are available
Everything looks great in the Jubilee Meadow and Orchard. Autumn is fast approaching. For those of you interested in the Traditional Orchards check out SWT talk
With much hard work from Andy Barker, Tom Evans & Tony Bishop and not forgetting the loan of Richard Shipp's digger, a base was laid for the new shelter in the Jubilee Meadow and Orchard and on 12th August the shelter was erected. You can check out the photos in The Gallery and watch a timelapse version on You Tube
A great ceilidh was held on 27th June, in conjunction with Bredfield Play Area. Syzewell Gap provided the music and a fantastic caller made sure we were all moving in the right direction. There was a magnificent buffet - all supplied by volunteers and the hall was beautifully decorated with bunting. It was a hugely enjoyable night and we raised £270 which we shared with the BPA. Have a look at the The Photos This month we secured another generous grant of £500 Lord Belstead's Charitable Trust. Work also began on the shelter - thank you to Andy & Tom for laying the base - and at the beginning of July the shelter will be erected.
The Jubilee Meadow and Orchard AGM was held on Wednesday 22nd April in the Church Room - a chance for anyone who is interested in the project to find out what is happening and what lies in the future. The Committee agreed to stand for another year, the bank account is looking quite healthy as we received a generous £500 from the Bredfield Townlands Charities and this will go towards the new shelter which hopefully will begin construction soon. Get your tools out - a working party will be required to lay the base. Minutes of the AGM can be read here AGM Minutes
Everyone had a great quiz night on Friday and we raised £626 which we split with the Village Hall. Thank you to everyone who helped and brought fantastic raffle prizes.
If you have passed the Meadow and Orchard recently you will see the fantastic new sign. Thank you to Paul and Steve for erecting it.New Sign (Page 2).
Happy New Year!! and more good news on grant money front! Peter Bellfield, our excellent County and District Councillor has secured us a grant of £2000.00 - this is an Enabling Communities Grant from Suffolk Coastal. So, many thanks to Peter and also Karen who tirelessly pursues these applications. Our new entrance and shelter are getting ever closer to happening.
We unfortunately had to cancel the Christmas Quiz, but have now rescheduled and are having a joint event with the Village Hall Committee on March 13th Quiz Night. Another date for your diary is June 27th when we are planning a ceilidh in the village hall and the band Syzewell Gap will be playing. This is another joint venture but this time with Bredfield Play Area. So save the date in your diary and check out the events page nearer the time for more information.
2 exciting events already in 2015 - a Barn Owl Box has been installed in this week. Check out the photos in the Gallery (page 2) And there is an article, written by Helen Young, in Saturday 23rd January of EADT, Environment Section (page 8) Helen's Article
Well, Autumn is upon us and the meadow is about to be topped again. You may have noticed that some of the front hedge has been cut back and 2 benches have appeared in the meadow.Very soon a new sign (paid for by the village shop - thanks all) will be going up and hopefully more people will be aware of the meadow and orchard and make use of it.
We had very good news this week - we received a grant of £1000 from Adnams to go towards building a shelter - well done Karen on your great application writing.
On Friday 5th December we are holding a quiz in the village hall to raise money towards making a new entrance to the meadow, parking spaces and a walkway
The quiz starts earlier than normal at 7pm and there will be a Christmas theme to the evening. We would like everyone to decorate their table to celebrate Christmas and there will be a special prize for the best-dressed table. Doors will be open at 6.30 so that you can get in and decorate your table before the quiz starts. As usual fish and chips will be served and you need to bring your own drinks. Tickets are £8.00 each - tables of 4
Tickets available from Anne Henderson 01473 737605 or Karen Bowe 01473 277165 Quiz
Saturday 9th August - Bredfield Village Hall was relaxing and unwinding to the smooth jazz rhythms of the Janet Seidel Trio (which was in fact a quartet on the night as a terrific drummer had been added) Janet's brother David, unfortunately, was still in Australia having just had an appendectomy but old friends of the village Janet Seidel and Chuck Morgan - how does he play that ukelele at such speed? - were joined by 2 local musicians playing double bass and drums. Fantastic snacks - olives, balsamic onions, stuffed peppers, sun blushed tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar - were supplied by Nicky & Glyn from the Greek Olive Company. Hassina had everyone playing a hilarious game of 'Heads & Tails'. Andy and Mark ran a great bar and a good night was had by all. And better than all that we made £555.00 for Bredfield Jubilee Meadow & Orchard - well done!!
The meadow is looking great and the trees are coming along well. In this lovely weather, why don't you have a relaxing walk through the trees and don't forget to water your tree in this dry weather. Robin D'Arcy has very kindly cut a path through the grass, and soon we hope to have some benches and a shelter.
We are busy organising a fund raising event in August - check it out on the events page Janet Seidel Trio
When you are visiting the meadow please take photographs. We are hoping to produce a calendar for sale at Christmas. Email your photos to Paul Wigens or Steve Stammers The deadline date is 30th September.
Well the Planting Day was a big success. The rain stayed away although the field was very muddy. On the plus side - no need to water the trees in. The burgers and sausages from Revetts and rolls from Read Bakeries proved very popular. Everyone 'mucked' in - sometimes literally considering the mud, and a great day was had by all.
And the other great news is that in the Greenest County Awards, we won the Landscape and Biodiversity category. Helen Young collected the beautiful award at the ceremony at Snape Maltings and the award is presently on display in the Village Shop.
Thank you to all those who came to the quiz night on Friday and supported the Jubilee Meadow project. We raised the fantastic sum of £506.
Thank you also to those who have sponsored trees for the orchard. Your sponsorship has gone a long way towards paying for both the trees and the support and protection they need. We look forward to seeing lots of you on Saturday afternoon (1st March) for our planting day - do come along to the Meadow even if you haven't sponsored a tree this time. There will be hot dogs & burgers at 1.30pm, followed by the planting. Sites have been marked for each tree, so you'll be able to find your tree's location pretty easily (we hope!) Remember to bring a spade! If you haven't yet paid the parish council for your tree, perhaps you could bring the £20 with you.
We are planning to produce a recipe book, with recipes that include orchard fruit and nuts. If you would like to have one of your favourite recipes in the book, please send/give it to Hassina Khan at 2 The Shingles, Bredfield or firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, Angela Jones from Suffolk Wildlife Trust was keen that our project should submit an entry to the greenest county awards, in the landscape and biodiversity category. The committee hastily put something together and we have now been selected as finalists! If you're interested to find out more, you might like to look here: Green Suffolk Awards
The land purchase has now been completed, and we are now the proud owners of the Jubilee Meadow, as it has now been named. Paul Read from the Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group and Angela Jones from Suffolk Wildlife Trust are proving extremely supportive and helpful. Also, you may have seen that the Field has been topped by someone from SWT - so it's accessible again! We are making our first tree order and if you would like to sponsor one please see the info below.