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Monday, May 11, 2009

Wed 6th May 2009 - Roman Villa, Brding.

Brading Roman Villa was our venue this week, in the Medusa Meadow, which has some amazing sculptures made by Eccleston George, who are Island of Wight based public artists. It was funded under the Breathing Places scheme, and officially opened by Alan Titchmarsh. The idea behind the Medusa Wildlife Meadow was to develop an existing area of ungrazed meadow downland, as a public area for entertainment, education and research. The meadow features a nature trail with sculptured seating areas, many of which were created with the help of local families, and incorporate shelter and homes for the many species of field voles, shrews, woodmice, slow worms and other wildlife.
Our tasks this week were to move a substantial sized compost heap from the front of the building to the back, and build a new compost area from wooden pallets; help the Villa’s volunteers weed the paths in the front garden area; and dig up ragwort and remove nettles which were overhanging the path, to help the Villa retain its Disabled Access Certificate.
Many thanks to Carrie for some of the pictures and editorial - and Eddie for the other pictures.
A Message from Mark......
I have had an email from the RCC letting us know about a photography competition which is currently under way in Hampshire and on the Island. have seen some excellent pictures people have taken of the group's activities and so if any of you who have some gems maybe you would like to submit them? The first prize is £100 for the photographer and £500 for the group!....... Judging by Georgie Palmer by the way!
Good luckMark

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