Climate and Environment Strategies

Wiltshire Council is consulting on its climate strategy.  If you want to comment, here's the link to the survey.  The deadline is Sunday October 17th. It is also consulting on Our Natural Environment Plan - A Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI) strategy for Wiltshire, which looks at the future for Wiltshire's natural environmental assets and how the council can help protect and enhance them for the benefit of people and biodiversity.  The survey for this is here – the deadline is the same.

Dew Ponds of the West

There are a number of dew ponds round and about the village.  If you've ever wondered how these were made, here's a link to a website about drove roads which refers to a Wiltshire Gazette article from 1922.  The process is similar to that used by Capability Brown to create his lakes, although the Wiltshire ponds tend to be on a much smaller scale.  Dew ponds and drove roads went together, of course.

Semington and the ancient Forest of Melksham

The boundaries of the Chippenham and Melksham Forests were formally declared in 1228, and remained in place for the next hundred years. The boundaries of the area were the Avon and Marden rivers to the west and north, the Summerham and Semington Brooks to the south, and the highway between Calne and Rowde to the east.  The area enclosed was about 33 square miles. You can find much more detail about this on the British History Online website. Avon Needs Trees is a registered charity based in Bristol that is buying land in the Bristol-Avon Catchment Area in order to reforest and rewild it.  It says that planting trees will sequester carbon from the air, enhance biodiversity and provide natural flood management, as well as water and air quality improvement, and more public amenity space.  In August 2020 its first land – 34 acres near Calne – was bought and the search is now on for a second.