The Community Group of The Old Willow Works, Beckingham
The Willow Works Community Group was formed to act as a liaison body between the Beckingham community and Groundwork which owns and operates the Willow Works.
The group is a sub–group of the Beckingham Parish Council and its meetings are, therefore, open to all members of the community. Meetings are held four times a year and dates of these meetings will be published on the Beckingham web site. The AGM will be held at the March meeting.
Details of the aims and responsibilities of the group are given in the constitution (download PDF here).
Current activities of the group include a major involvement in the development of the community field to the west of the Willow Works. Through the combined efforts of the group and Groundwork, we have now secured funding to develop the area into a working willow coppice, events area and ponds. This will provide opportunity for various educational activities – many aspects of willow cultivation, cropping and working; nature study (the importance of which has, much belatedly, been recognised and is to be included in the school curriculum). These educational activities, which it is hoped will be run in conjunction with the RSPB, will include pond dipping.
Group members include representatives of various parties with an interest in the project including the RSPB, the Beckingham Village History Group, Trent Vale Landscape Partnership.
For more details contact the secretary, Chris du Feu (firstname.lastname@example.org).