Rhead’s Meadow

RSPB Giving Nature a Home

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.

 

Rheads Meadow Access Path
Access Pathway
Rheads Meadow Northern Field
Northern Field
Rheads Meadow Southern Field
Southern Field
Rheads Meadow From south looking north
South, looking North

Latest Plan


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

Rheads Meadow Final Plan E

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

Rheads Meadow

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 Rhead's Meadow News

Wildflower meadows have now been seeded!

Exciting news! The wildflower meadows have now been seeded by Hannah from Cheshire Wildlife Trust from seeds harvested this year. We look forward to watching the results...

Rhead’s Meadow: Wildflower Meadows Start with Deep Ploughing

The photos below show the tractor and plough arriving on site at 10.30 a.m. today – Tuesday the 1st September – the first step in creating the soft-landscaping. It looks like being a busy autumn – let’s hope the weather is as kind to us as it is today. The next step will be rotavating the ploughed area and then a short pause to allow the land to settle before seeding...

Rhead’s Meadow: August Update

We were pleased to be able to show you the progress the parish council is making with our principal project – Rhead’s Meadows Nature Park. You were able to walk the footpaths we have built though the 9 acres of former farmland and see the areas in which we hope to deliver wildflower meadows, long grass meadows, shrub and small tree borders and woodland through which a walk will be...

Rhead’s Meadow: Newsletter August 2020

We are approaching a busy period for the development of the Meadows and I write to update you regarding our plans and to ask for your assistance. Please see the latest plan. Wildflower & Grassland Meadows The grass has been cut in both meadows and taken as hay which will now enable us to prepare the first of our wildflower meadows. In order to do this, the ground will be...

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...

Rhead’s Meadow now owned by Somerford Parish Council

Rhead's MeadowAs from December 2019 Somerford Parish Council are now the proud owners of Rhead’s Meadow. A big thank you to the RSPB and we look forward to working with them in the future to deliver a Wildlife meadow with public access.Access PathwayNorthern FieldSouthern FieldSouth, looking North

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, and...

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