Milton Parish Council report

from little acorns ….

A 3.5 hectare wetland meadow on Milton’s southern outskirts is to be enhanced by tree planting and the creation of shallow ponds.  Traversed by footpaths leading to Shipton, Upper Milton and St Judes Meadow, the space is an important asset for the village; the footpaths are heavily used by many people on a daily basis.

The field, its hedges, two streams and woodland margins all contribute to the diversity of wildlife including barn owls, kestrels, snipe and teal.  The Parish Council is leading a project to enhance that bio diversity by planting 420 trees (including ash, oak, birch, hazel, beech and yew) and forming a small number of shallow ponds.

Ponds will be located and trees planted according to a plan being drawn up by Anne Berkeley of Wild Oxford, following discussions with Richard Hartley (the farmer who owns most of the land) and Pat Ward (Milton parish councillor).

The funding for the trees is being provided by Mactaggart & Mickel, the St Judes Meadow developer.  The Parish Council aims to fund dredging of the ponds as part of the Thames Water Catchment Scheme. Tree planting will take place on 2 April led by experts from the Wychwood Forest Trust, supported by volunteers from the Cotswold Wardens, the Scouts and Cubs, Milton Volunteers and several local families.

In the future, the cubs and scouts and other youngsters who planted the trees can revel in the fact they helped create something which they and their children can enjoy.

April – May 2022