Weston Under Wetherley Conservation group

The Conservation group is a group of enthusiasts, born from the Weston under Wetherley Parish Plan (published in June, 2013) which determined that over 25% of the villagers wanted to see some areas within the village managed to support a greater diversity of plant and animal life.
The group is sponsored by the Parish Plan Steering Committee which has now become a standing committee charged with overseeing the implementation of the Parish Plan, of which this is one such desired outcome.
The aim is to see areas of our rural village managed in such a way as to return the diversity of plant and animal life (native British wildflowers, birds and other mammals, butterfly species and other insects ) to the levels that we remember from the 50's and 60's.
The group believe that the focus on 'tidy' hedgerows, verges and public open spaces has been to the detriment of our wildlife, and that we owe it to the children, and theirs, to return some of these areas to nature to achieve a more healthy balance. The group applied to Get Growing for wildflower plugs, trees and educational talks.

Latest news and related projects

  • In September 2013, the Willoughby Parish Council applied for a Get Growing Grant to create some new community allotments in the centre of the village.
    With a waiting list of approximately 12 families, the council decided to acquire part of a grazing field to allotment plots. It hadn’t been cultivated for many years, so needed clearance.
    A boundary of fencing and a gate was be installed with the Get Growing grant.

  • Broadwell is a tiny village in rural Warwickshire.

    For some time, a group of families had dreamt of starting a pig club.
    Having visited the nearby pig clubs at Brinklow and Marton, they were enthused by what could  be achieved.
    In June 2013, they heard about the Get Growing project and applied for start up resources and training.
    The group delivered a flier to every house in the village and found 8 families interested in joining.
    Once a suitable piece of land was found, the group got to work in preparing it for a fenced pen with two arcs.

  • Newnham Paddox received LEADER funds to host a Country Fair to celebrate the rich rural culture and heritage of Monks Kirby and the surrounding area and continue a tradition granted by Royal Decree nearly 750 years ago.

    The event, held on Sunday June 24th 2012, offered a wide variety of stalls, exhibitions, competitions and demonstrations to local residents and visitors. With support from the Monks Kirby Village Hall Committee, the Earl and Countess of Denbigh succeeded in putting on a "brilliantly British Family day out!" which they plan to carry on in years to come.

  • Stoneleigh Youth Group have received support through LEADER funded service project 'Arts On Our Doorstep' and involvement from Hybrid Arts, who worked driectly with the group.

  • The whole school community is committed to preserving the rural aspect of the school and has recently purchased a large field next to the existing school site. Plans are currently being finalised to develop this into an outside learning resources to support learning outdoors across the curriculum.
    One aspect of the plan was to develop a growing area. The school applied to the Get Growing project to assist in the design and development of a growing area consiting of raised beds, a potting shed and a herb bed. The children are eager to get started!