On Sunday 18th June 2017, Wyesham Community Woodland Project held its annual Big Lunch. The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours – a day where neighbours and members of communities can stop what they’re doing and come together for the simple act of sharing a meal. It is part of the Great Get Together, inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year, and whose ‘more in common’ values resonated throughout her work.
The event was a great success, with local residents of all ages coming along to join in with the activities, which included face painting (thanks to Monmouthshire Youth Service, pioneering (thanks to 1st Wyesham Cubs) willow weaving and other crafts, and delicious home made cakes. Dens were built, trees were climbed and hammocks were lounged in. We intend to hold another Big Lunch next year and some photos have been shared via our facebook group.
Thanks to the organisations and volunteers who made the event possible, including Monmouthshire Youth Service, 1st Wyesham Cubs, Transition Monmouth, the Eden Project.
Below is an update on progress with the project:
In 2014 the project won a S106 grant for £21,000 from Monmouthshire County Council. The majority of this will be used to resurface the paths with the remainder going towards a pond, benches and hedge management. Since then the brief for these works have been put together and now agreed by all parties and can be put out to tender, once a satisfactory quote is received the funds will be released by Monmouthshire County Council. If any local contractors wish to provide a quote please get in touch.
Working party days are held on the first Sunday of every month and all are welcome. More information about the project is available on our website http://www.wyeshamcommunitywoodland.wordpress.com and regular updates are posted on our public facebook group ‘Wyesham Community Woodland Project’.
The Woodland Project Team