Come along for our 6th Big Bulb Plant, our annual family event this week.
Above: The annual explosion of gold on the slopes below the viewing terrace .
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- Doors Open Day Report
- Come along to our 6th Big Bulb Plant
- Join our Secret Nature walk
- Benches apology
- Hinkley Point investment confirmed.
Working Party Reminder - Saturday 13th October - Big Bulb Plant
Reminder: October working party will take place this Saturday 14th.This month our Big Bulb Plant event takes the place of our monthly working party. The work is a little lighter than our usual efforts, but we encourage everyone to come along. PLEASE NOTE this Month we meet again at SHIREHAMPTON ROAD CAR PARK at 10am.
Please feel free to come along any time during the day, but we do prefer to be able to do health and safety briefings as a group at 10am if possible. There will be tasks to suit most abilities. Please come along with suitable clothing for the weather on the day, bring hand-tools if you have some suitable, and we hope to see you there. Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page in case of any change of location, or call 07811 666671 on the day to find us.
Doors Open Day 2018 - Report
Doors open day this year fell on the Sunday of the now-three-day event. As usual KWAG mounted our exhibition in the Oak Room and undertook five guided tours around the house during the day. We’re really grateful to the KWAG volunteers Jim, Celia, John, Emma, Jules and Dan who gave up their day to support the event and helped erect and demount the exhibition so well.
KWAG chair David Martyn led the tours around the house which were extremely well attended throughout the day and feedback was good. As in previous years we’ve used the event to collect donations for our various works and this year we have to big-ticket items to save up for: the reprinting of our popular history guide, and the thousands of bulbs for this year’s Big Bulb Plant (if you can contribute to either of these we would welcome your support by using the paypay link at the top of this newsletter). Catching up with modern technology this was the first year we’ve had the equipment to contactless and card donations which proved surprisingly popular!
Although estimates were of around 600 visitors on the day the numbers seemed slightly down on previous years, but there were crowds keeping us all busy throughout the day. We are grateful to everyone who came along and supported this annual event and helped us raise £199 in cash donations and a further £35 using the new contactless device!
Come along to our 6th Annual Big Bulb Plant!
This month’ working party, on Saturday 14th October, takes the form of our annual Big Bulb Plant! This is KWAG’s sixth year of running the family-friendly event which began with our Heritage Lottery funded Bioblitz project in 2012.
The Big Bulb Plant is a FREE family-friendly event where you can help make your mark on the historic estate by helping plant some of thousands of native bulbs along the ancient lime avenue leading to the house. We encourage anyone who might find our usual working parties too gruelling to come along and take advantage of some of the easier tasks we undertake.
The events start at Shirehampton Road pubic car park , and we will be planting bluebells and daffodils along the edge of the main meadow beside the avenue.
What you will need:
• Suitable clothing and gloves if you have them
• A spade or trowel if you have one, but spades will be provided
The main planting location will be here:
Join our Secret Nature Walk at Kings Weston - 27th October
Our woods and grassland are magical places for finding nature, and autumn is a really exciting time to go looking for them!
Local nature artist and naturalist Jules Woolford will take you on a journey exploring the amazing natural world of Kings Weston.
- Discover where you can spot Britain’s biggest land predator, and spy our tiniest bird!
- Listen to tree stories and plant tales
- Learn about nature signs to look out
- Find tiny treasure in the trees….
- and more…..
Saturday October 27th 10.30 am – 11.45 am
Cost £5.00* Adults
(Accompanied children are free; under 11’s receive a Nature Spotting Sheet)
Booking is essential - numbers are limited so please book early through firstname.lastname@example.org
*All money raised will help KWAG look after our beautiful estate.
Hinkley Point investment confirmed
As some paths may be wet and muddy, please make sure you wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. The walk is suitable for all ages, but some parts may not have good access for those with mobility problems and pushchairs.
We're really sorry to anyone who has sponsored a bench and has not yet had the brass plaque fixed to it. This has been due to a series of errors and oversights on our part and we are extremely sorry for the long delay on this. We are currently finding an alternative supplier to complete the order and will be in touch with donors as soon as we have more positive news. Again, we're sorry that this has happened and for the delays and anxiety this will have caused.
In 2016 the Planning Inspectorate gave consent for new pylons to be erected along the Severn at Avonmouth. As this was judged to impact upon the views from Grade I Listed Kings Weston House it was declared that there would need to be several contributions to offset the impact on the view, and the wider communities through which the power lines would pass.
A sum of £10,000for the benefit of Kings Weston estate will now be paid by National Grid to the City Council prior to commencement of the local stage of the works. The Council will hold the Kings Weston Contribution in an interest bearing account and the money is allocated specifically to the works identified in the Kings Weston Conservation Management Plan 2014. This is intended to ensure that the meadow below the house is maintained and allowed to thrive as a native wildflower meadow and trees around it maintained. There is also potential that, within the agreement, the money might be used as match-funding to attract greater funding for the CMP works.
Other elements of the same planning agreement that may help the estate include A sum of £53,112 to enhance the network of public rights of way, which it might be possible to allocate to some of the Iron Bridge repairs. £35,000 has also been identified for woodland management in woodlands of community value and ancient woodlands which may also be used to promote the natural diversity and wildlife habitat value in Penpole Wood.
The City Council are expecting the financial transfer from this project to take place in March next year and we hope to be able to keep you up to date with plans of how it can be put to use.