Edgmond Parish Council is grateful to St Peter’s Church, Edgmond, for the ability to include Parish Council News in its magazine. The publication is distributed to all residents in the parish and includes articles and information that are useful to everyone who lives in Edgmond or the surrounding villages.
This project began in 2010. The aim is to plant, nurture and grow 1000 native deciduous trees for eventual transplanting into Edgmond parish hedgerows. Traditionally, hedgerows were planted every 13 yards with a tree, providing the landowner with timber and firewood. As trees have died they have not been replaced and it is the vision of a local nurseryman to restore Edgmond's hedgerows to their former glory. This is an exciting and innovative project. Many of us will not see the benefits in our lifetimes but we can be proud to leave this sort of legacy to benefit the parish for the next few hundred years and as an added bonus it will lock up huge amounts of carbon dioxide.
In 2010, a thousand native trees (300 ash, 300 oak, 300 field maple, 100 black poplar) were donated and then planted by volunteers on ground loaned by a local landowner. Individuals, families and community groups were all involved. Trees were available for 'adoption' so that their progress and eventual planting-out could be personally followed.
By 2013 the trees were doing well. Typically the trees that were growing the best were the Ash which we were not able to move because a ban was placed on the movement of Ash in March 2012 due to Ash Dieback. It is thought that perhaps 5% of natural seedlings will prove to have natural resistance, but that will still leave 95% of our Ash dying in the next few years. It remains to be seen what we will be able to do with our ash trees.
During 2014 about 65 young Black Poplar trees were planted in the parish. In 2015 another 200 young trees were planted out into hedgerows and field boundaries.
During 2016 a further 150 or so trees were planted out. Sadly, during this year we also detected Ash Dieback in some of our young ash trees so they were uprooted and burnt.
The last of the trees were planted out in winter 2017 and early in 2018. Most went into rural locations in the Calvington area of the parish but 9 oaks have been planted on the Church Field. We hope that these trees will give great pleasure to the generations that come after.
The ash trees will remain in situ in the tree nursery in Caynton. Over time they will self-thin and some may even grow to maturity.
Sincere thanks go to all those who allowed trees to be planted on their land and especially to Neil Furniss and Tim Edwards for their commitment to this project. Many thanks also to Cath and Sam Edwards for keeping the momentum going.
If you would like more information contact Cath Edwards on 01952 810318 or email.
A new Rights of Way partnership between Waters Upton, Edgmond and Tibberton parishes (WET P3) means that we can plan work to maintain and improve our rights of way more effectively. Working with Telford & Wrekin Rights of Way Officer we anticipate that routine maintenance work will be planned more effectively and that repairs and replacements of signage etc will be icluded in the work programme. Over time we hope that you will notice an improvement in the clearance of vegetation and the provision of replacement signs.
Parish Councillors have occasional meetings with the Head of the Primary school.
The Council have regular meetings with the senior management of the University.
Every member of the community of Edgmond is encouraged to be a 'good neighbour'. There is also a Neighbourhood Watch Group in the village.
The Parish Council has good relations with our local Police. The Safer Neighbourhood Team hold regular mobile police station sessions in Edgmond, click here for more information. The team may be contacted by email. They are based at Donnington Police Station, Wellington Road, Telford TF2 8AE
You can register with West Mercia police to receive alerts using thier new Community Messaging Service (CMS). You can sign up to the CMS on the West Mercia Police website. Registering is easy and only takes a few minutes.
CALL 101 IF YOU HAVE ANY SUSPICIONS OR CONCERNS.
ONLY CALL 999 IN AN EMERGENCY
Local Groups are able to apply for small grants from the Parish Council. As with all public bodies, our finances are limited, but we can still support some local projects. Our Grants Policy may be viewed here. If you would like to apply for a grant the application form is available here.
Return the completed form to the Clerk of the Council. Contact details are on the Home Page or email.