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The Old Willow Works Community Field - your comments and suggestions are needed

The restoration of the Beckingham Old Willow Works is nearing completion and the building should be opening in July. An application for funding is being made to the Community Spaces Project for landscaping the area of land between the willow works building and the Star Energy road. This area has been fenced off from the adjacent field for some time and has been lying fallow. It can be seen very clearly from the road. A draft plan for the area has been produced and can be downloaded here The final plan will be based on this draft but will be modified in response to suggestions and comments from members of the community and other interested parties.
The draft plan contains two main areas. Immediately adjacent to the building is the events area. This is to be for events of any appropriate type - educational, cultural or social. It will also be usable by members of the community who may just wish to sit and enjoy the surroundings while on a walk through the countryside. There will be some planting of small native trees, such as whitebeam, which will give shelter from the winds sweeping across the Trent flood plain.
The second area, further from the building, will contain a willow plantation which will be worked in the traditional way. The cut willow will be used for training courses in rural crafts at the willow works. The varieties of willow planted will be local and include one which is unique to Beckingham. This plantation will be a link to Beckingham's past as a major willow producer and now help create a future for people needing training in rural crafts. It will help preserve old, local varieties of willow which may now be endangered.
Extra land obtained west side of building
To the north and west of the area will be a hedgerow of native shrubs, giving further shelter and also providing food for a wide variety of wildlife. The whole area is intended to be one which local people can use and enjoy. It also aims to provide habitats for wildlife, increasing the diversity of species in an area which has seen a great reduction in species diversity over the last 60 years. Once the landscaping is complete, the whole area will be open to members of the community during most daylight hours.

Suggestions for improvements to the design, suggestions for potential uses, comments and questions about the plan are welcome.

Please contact Chris du Feu at chris@chrisdufeu.force9.co.uk or make suggestions in writing or verbally to any member of the village
history group.

Responses are welcome as soon as possible - the revised plan will be produced during late June.

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