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Clanfield community digs deep to create bee friendly flower bed

  • Author: Sophie Boxall
  • Published: 22nd October 2015
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Instigated by local business network Clanfield Online, a committed group of volunteers have given their time to spruce up a roundabout on a busy main road into Clanfield, creating an attractive focal point for residents, passers-by and bees alike

Chris de Mellow & Volunteers from the SDNPA was established a year ago to bring local businesses, groups, organisations and residents in Clanfield together, and increase the sense of well-being in the community.  Run by volunteers, it aims to be an online focal point for local news and information as well as improve the local area through joint working and practical support. Chairman and founder, Chris de Mellow, said: “Clanfield Online is pleased to sponsor the creation of this large new flower bed as it will greatly enhance this busy intersection at the heart of the village.”

The Southern Co-operative, which owns the section of land where the flower bed is being built and runs the adjacent food store in White Dirt Lane, has donated £100 towards the flower bed scheme and given its full support. Chris added: “We would have been unable to move forward with this project without the support and assistance of The Southern Co-operative.  Their team have been so helpful and enthusiastic throughout - there were no problems, just solutions.” The store’s Retail Business Manager, Jon Barker, joined volunteers from South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) Volunteer Ranger Service to dig and prepare the bed ready for planting. “It’s great for us to get involved like this and I’m pleased that The Southern Co-operative can help Clanfield Online to enable projects like this which benefit our local community” said Jon.

Landscape Designer, beekeeper and member of Greening Clanfield, Brigitte Crafer, has also given her time and expertise to design a flower bed that will attract bees, butterflies and insects.  The Western Red Cedar timber planks for the planting bed have been sourced from Fishers Copse near Privett; part of a scheme by the woodland’s owners with SDNPA to fell these non native trees at Fishers Copse and use the timber for community projects, enabling the original ancient woodland to regenerate. Planting will include grasses, cistus, fragrant daphne and bulbs. has just welcomed its 30th local business to the site and gives free support to 23 community groups. By attracting £2,000 additional government funding from East Hampshire District Council and Hampshire County Council, Clanfield Online has also been able to support local groups including Clanfield Cricket Club, Petersgate School and the Young Archaeologists at Butser Ancient Farm, as well as fund the clearance of the Memorial Hall Garden in time for Remembrance Sunday. The Southern Co-operative is also supporting Clanfield Online’s Christmas plans by funding the provision of Christmas lights for the village.

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