Let’s make this brilliant!

We’ve done so well and made such progress, but now we need another £10,000 to finish the job and make Brewery Field truly a place that everyone can enjoy.

First, we need to complete 2 sections of the gravel path to connect with the circular path;  one from the Elms Close entrance and the other from the decking under the rain/sun shelter adjacent to the pond.  This will enable the less mobile among us to enjoy all areas of the site.  We need around £2,500 to complete these 2 sections.

Secondly, we want to bring drinking water on site, so that visitors can fill their reusable bottles and to help keep Brewery Field plastics free into the future.  Cambridge water have quoted just under £5,000 to connect the field to the mains, but we need another £1,500 to lay the pipes on site.

We are applying for funding for these 2 jobs, but if you could get friends to join as members and do all your shopping on line using the easyfundraising links, we could raise quite a lot ourselves.  Please don’t underestimate the importance of these small ways to add to our coffers.  Please ask your friends to sign up and always shop on line using our link!  Thank you.


The Orchard is Planted!

Today the orchard trees arrived and with the help of a few very determined volunteers, we managed to get them planted just as the sun was setting.  We put in apples, pears, gages and plums, some of them of a really good size, so it shouldn’t be too long until Duxford has its own apple days.

The remaining planting will take place in the coming weeks and is mainly small bare rooted saplings that will go in around the mound and some plants for the nectar garden.  We will put out another call for volunteers and try to make it on a weekend this time.

The Swale (the dip next to the pond) has been lined with plastic and will hopefully be topped up in the coming weeks to cover the edges of the liner.   This will create a wet/dry area which should attract some interesting flora.

Today we saw a whole troupe of peewits, heard our large flock of sparrows and saw signs of a hedgehog!  As we add to the planting, we will attract more and more wildlife and the Chair of the Cambs & Essex Branch of Butterfly Conservation is advising us on how to attract as many different butterflies as possible.