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 – Teresa Cook, John Hambley, Graeme Murray, Maria Norman, Derek Walduck or Dave Norman.
GreenSnape February 2019
Green Snape will be undertaking a project to encourage more Swifts to nest in the village, if you’d like to help with this project and assist these beautiful birds ,Derek Walduck has written the attached article. Swift project Feb 19
Here is the latest Green Snape News letter GS news January 2019
At this time of year it’s always good to look back and reflect on all the positives of the past year and what has been achieved. This list of what has been achieved by GreenSnape for the wider good our our village and our environment as a whole deserves to be celebrated, a fantastic job […]
A good time was had by all On October 30th we had a lovely evening social event, along with our AGM, at the village hall. It was a very relaxed affair and we all enjoyed the food provided by the committee, helped down by a glass or two of wine or elderflower punch. With GreenSnape […]
Green Snape along with the valuable assistance of the children from our village school planted a large number of bulbs to supplement the bulbs planted last year, hopefully this will provide a wonderful display next Spring. Thank you to Jim and Marion Mountain of the Walled Garden who generously donated all the bulbs.