Rhead’s Meadow

Rhead's Meadow


Together their vision is to create an exciting new facility for the enjoyment of the local community which is diverse in wildlife. Their ideas for the Park include the creation of a native wild flower meadow interspersed with native trees, the creation of new orchard and native woodland planting. Accessibility is important and a mix of hard surfaced (e.g. bound gravel or metalled) and mown paths are proposed; and there will also be areas of natural play.  A key principle is that the Nature Park should retain an open quality and its design should reflect this.

 

Access-Pathway
Access Pathway
Northern-Field
Northern Field
Southern-Field
Southern Field
From-south-looking-north
South, looking North

Latest Plan


The latest plan for Rhead's Meadow, which may be subject to minor amendments.

Click to view full plan (PDF 210 KB)

Appointed Contractor


The legal transfer of the RSPB land has finally been completed, the Parish Council have begun the journey of putting the plans for the site into effect.

At an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council on Monday last, the 27th January, a contractor was appointed to install the hard landscaping of the pathways and soil bunding.  Somerford Parish Council are pleased to confirm that local firm, James Ashbrook Ltd, have been appointed as that contractor. At an early stage Ashbrook’s generously offered to provide fuelled plant and machinery for the whole project whichever contractor was appointed.

RSPB Working Group


Members:  Cllr G Bell, Cllr P Crompton, Mrs H Brough and the Clerk Julie Mason
RSPB Project Officer Colin Pringle Colin.Pringle@rspb.org.uk

The land that has been donated by the RSPB to the Parish Council is going to be developed into open space for the use of the local residents.

The main intention is to preserve the existing birds and wildlife and encourage new species. We would love to form an amiable habitat for hedgehogs for example.  The working committee has named the site temporarily ‘Rheads Common’ until we finalise the title with consultation.

The intention is to plant an orchard and we are researching the options available with the soil type available. To have picnic benches and an area of relaxation. The pathways should link across the whole site for walkers, cyclists and maybe a bridleway with obvious disabled access. We hope to be able to have some project information to inform the visitors of the history and background to the site.

Eventually we will need volunteers to assist the project develop and give ongoing maintenance to the site. If you are interested please contact the clerk or any Parish Councillor.

If you would like to volunteer to maintain the site in the future, leave your details below.

Latest News

Rhead’s Meadow: Site Closed

  It is with great regret that we have had to close the Rhead’s Meadows site due to safety concerns for staff and suppliers shutting their doors. We will keep you updated through the coming weeks with regards to when we will be back on site. Many thanks, Groundworks Manager J K Ashbrook Ltd

Rhead’s Meadow: Appointed Contractor.

The legal transfer of the RSPB land has finally been completed, the Parish Council have begun the journey of putting the plans for the site into effect. At an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council on Monday last, the 27th January, a contractor was appointed to install the hard landscaping of the pathways and soil bunding.  Somerford Parish Council are pleased to confirm that local firm, James Ashbrook Ltd, have been...

Meeting: RSPB 23rd January 2020

RSPB COMMITTEE NOTES Date – 23rd January 2020 @ 10.00 – 12.15 pm  @ 25 Chelford Road, Somerford Present - Cllr G Bell (GB), Mrs H Brough (HB), Ms A Froggatt (AF), Julie Mason Clerk (JM). Apologies – Cllr P Crompton,   Mr C Pringle RSPB (CP) Download Minutes Agenda item   To action Transfer of the land to the PC from RSPB. The transfer of the site was now completed,...

Meeting: RSPB 19th July 2019

RSPB COMMITTEE NOTES Date – 19th July 2019 @ 9.00 am – 10.30 am @ 25 Chelford Road, Somerford Present - Cllr G Bell (GB), Mr C Pringle RSPB (CP), Ms A Frogatt (AF) Mrs H Brough (HB), Julie Mason Clerk (JM). Download Minutes    

Meeting: RSPB 2nd November 2018

RSPB COMMITTEE NOTES Date – 2nd November 2018 @ 9.15 am – 10.40 am @ 25 Chelford Road, Somerford Present - Cllr G Bell (GB), Cllr P Crompton (PC), Mrs H Brough (HB), Julie Mason Clerk (JM), Ben Costello RSPB, Alexandra Froggatt - Design Project Manager (AF). Download Minutes

RSPB: Meeting 14th September 2018

RSPB COMMITTEE NOTES Date – 14th September 2018 @ 9.15 am – 11.15 am @ 25 Chelford Road, Somerford Present - Cllr G Bell (GB), Cllr P Crompton (PC), Mrs H Brough (HB), Julie Mason Clerk (JM), Ben Costello RSPB, Alexandra Froggatt - Design Project Manager (AF). Download Minutes