History of Colmworth Country Park

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This page describes an overview of the work carried out in the park.  

 

2018 - Work days started in early April but back in February a second owlbox was erected in the "dog-leg" area not far from the first.


Country Park Report 2017-18

 

2017 - We cleaned out the pond, removed a dead tree in the copse, trimmed other dead branches on safety grounds, used scythes rather than petrol strimmers for general weeding & cutting back. Planned cuts of the meadow but leaving areas aside for wildlife.  New dog bins were installed.  A silent soldier was installed in memory of the fallen in the First World War.  Barn owls nested in the barn owl box.

2016 - Yellow Rattle was sown to parasitise the grass, allowing other wildflowers to proliferate.

2014 - four new chestnut trees became established from squirrels burying conkers.  There are now tadpoles in the pond.  A black poplar was donated by Bedford Borough Council to commemorate the centenary of WWI was planted in March and an owl box was installed.  "Bug hotels" were created from pallets and Avocet Signs created the Country Park signs. 

 

2013 - we received a Bedfordshire Rural Grant to enlarge the pond and install a bridge and bird hide.


 

2012 - further benches added and 50 new trees and a hedgerow were planted 

 

2011 - Benches were added and the Park was registered as a Village Green

 

 

2010 - The orchard trees were planted and in May the Park was officially opened by the Mayor of Bedford and to conclude the opening, a ceremonial tree planting was performed by Percy Swales, the eldest village resident. At the end of this year the Park earned a Living Countryside Award from Bedford Bourough branch of the Campaign to protect Rural England for landscape improvement.

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2009 - Initial tree planting in the spring followed by the main woodland planting in the Autumn with much help from the local community and Children from Wilden Kymbrook and Alan Academy. Overall about 1250 trees have been planted which over the years have slowly matured. The majority of the ground was seeded this year to form the meadow you see today. Bird boxes were erected throughout the park

 

2008 - The Park ground -originally fertile farmland - was purchased in the spring of 2008 by the Parish Council after successfully raising grants from the Beds Borough Council and others. Further financial help was made by many villagers making generous donations. A working Committee was formed and over the months ideas were thrashed out to decide how the Park should be planted, maintained and developed into the future.

 

A small scale archaeological survey was undertaken before any major work was started - there were no significant findings so work could proceed.

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The pond was dredged and the immediate vicinity cleared to keep the south side of the pond open.  Logs were stored for later use around the Park.

 

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