The Glebe Field
The Parish Council has a 100 year lease for the Glebe Field from the Diocese of Oxford. To be able to manage the land appropriately it commissioned Future Nature WTC to carry out an Ecological Survey and Habitat Management Plan, copies of which are below. These surveys were fully funded by grant money provided by Wendover Community Board.
The first proposal was for a community orchard, however after consultation this does not seem fit for the location. The Council will endeavour to find a new location for an orchard.
At the Parish Council meeting in July 2023, Cllr Cook put forward a proposal that the land may be suitable to be registered as a local nature reserve (LNR) through Natural England, which the Council agreed to. The first stage is to consult with the parish and other stakeholders. An article was placed in the Autumn edition of the Weston Turville Times inviting comments from residents of the parish.
Improvements need to be made to the right of way across the field which is currently in very poor condition. The Council is working with a conservation organisation to ensure this work is carried out in a sympathetic manner.
There is no intention to open the entrance gate from The Glebe currently. Further wildlife surveys will be carried out in order to establish the wildlife currently at the site before any other pathways are considered. Any works carried out will be solely for maintenance purposes.
Improvements to the Right of Way - October 2023
Works took place early October to widen the right of way across the field in order to make the path more accessible. Dead blackthorn has been cut back to allow more light to the path and allow people to walk through comfortably.
Cllr Cook was joined by Chiltern Rangers and volunteers from the village, our thanks go to all those who gave up their time to help out.