Yellow Rattle Seed Collection 10th July

Norwich Western Link: A threat to our neighbouring green corridor?

Disappearing Nature: March to “Restore Nature Now”

Nature boost for Norwich: Sweet Briar Marshes Opening

Worn and widening path at UEA

Eaton Parish Eco Fair Saturday 11th May

A panel from the YVS Eco Fair Display

McCarthy Stone Green Space

The new residents currently moving in to properties of the McCarthy Stone phase 2 development on Bluebell Road could expect to have the benefit of a landscaped Green Open Space along the whole length of the southwest edge of the McCarthy Stone site. The Green Open Space would have included meadowland, a pond, and groups of planted parkland trees. Paths would have passed through the green space to link the new estate with the Strawberry Field and to the paths down to the river and the Yare Valley Walk. The plans are here.

The creation of this landscaped Green Open Space is important. UK biodiversity is in serious decline and the green space is intended to compensate, in part, for the biodiversity loss resulting from the built part of the development. It is also important to meet the needs of a growing number of residents in close proximity to the Yare Valley. Pressure of use on the existing green space threatens to be unsustainable. Any additional green open space in the Yare Valley would help ease the pressure of public use on other parts of the Valley.

The Yare Valley Society submitted a detailed report with photographs to Norwich Planning Authority on the present situation.

The Authority acted swiftly. It contacted the developers and a timescale has emerged for when the work can be expected to be done. It reports:

“[The contractors] have been trying to complete the footpath works along the river … though this has been held up by flooding and that they are also needing to undo damage caused by the flooding. They plan to move onto the Open Space land … once the riverbank works are done though they may start sooner if those works can’t as yet be completed. They think they have 5 days work left on the riverbank and that the Open Space works will take about 2 to 3 weeks. They are hoping the Open Space works should be complete by the end of March.”

The Society will closely monitor progress, both on the landscaping, and also on other environmental benefits that were promised when the development was approved.

The Chalk Streams of Norwich and a Great Big March

Conservation Volunteering in January

Yellow Rattle Planting at UEA Meadows

Matt Tomlinson of Friends of Strawberry Field and UEA Meadows writes:

“To continue our work to help restore the UEA meadows – UEA estates have kindly cut short an area on the meadow by the lake for us. We can now rake up the arisings and create some bare soil to sow yellow rattle and other strawberry field wildflower seeds. This worked really well last year and it would be great to build on this success. 

Dates and times –

Sunday 8th Oct 10-12pm

Saturday 14th Oct 2-5pm

Please bring a rake with you if possible. I have borrowed 6 if you don’t have any.

Coffee and biscuits provided and of course everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you then”