Who are we and what are our aims?
GreenSnape community group formed in spring 2017 in response to Snape Maltings’ plans to build a car park on Snape Marshes. Our aim is to protect and enhance the environment and amenities in and around Snape for the benefit of residents, visitors and wildlife.
We work with our Parish, District and County Councils, Snape School, villagers, other volunteer groups, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, the National Trust, RSPB and other landowners. We are committed to opposing any plans or actions that we feel would damage or be detrimental to our local environment.
We'd like to involve as many fellow residents as possible in our activities and would love your ideas about what you would like to see happen in our village.
We've certainly hit the ground running! Our first project was with Snape School in autumn 2017 when the children helped to plant daffodil and crocus bulbs along the verges in Church Road. Great for the childrens' outdoor learning and a lot of fun!
Our current project is Snape Village Green - the area around the village sign - which has become neglected over the years. We've received funding to install two oak benches, provide oak seating around the sign, replace and relocate the rubbish bin and install an oak information board. We are also planting wildflower plugs, once again with Snape School. Many thanks to Suffolk Secrets AONB fund, Snape Parish Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waitrose for the generous grants. We were also very touched to receive a kind donation from Snape Carolsingers. There will be an Open Day in summer 2018 to showcase the new village green!
In January this year we gathered together over 40 adults and children to renovate Snape School garden. The churchyard team came to help and we had lots of volunteers from the village including parents and schoolchildren. The garden is now ready for the children to plant vegetables, flowers and fruit which they will be able to eat from the school kitchen.
We've run two work parties on Snape Marshes for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and arranged a 'Meet the Sheep' afternoon with the National Trust shepherd. The rare breed sheep graze on Snape Warren - we learnt all about conservation grazing, and Kite the sheepdog showed off his superb herding skills! They will go back to their summer home on Orford Ness later this year.
Our future plans include organising wildlife walks and working to improve those pieces of land owned by the village which could be made more attractive for people and wildlife.
How can I get involved?
If GreenSnape sounds like something you would like to get involved in, then please contact one of our joint secretaries Victoria Hambley firstname.lastname@example.org or Lesley Walduck email@example.com. Or talk to any of our other committee members – Miranda Barclay, Teresa Cook, Peter Fowler, John Hambley, Graeme Murray, Maria Norman or Derek Walduck.
GreenSnape January 2018