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We are now seeking funds for the next stage of the Mill Pond project – and increasing the area that is free for the community to enjoy and further increase the biodiversity of the area.
We are committed to the restoration of the mill pond area, creating a unique historical resource and bio-diversity project that is free at the point of use for locals, visitors, community groups, schools and other educational establishments whilst at the same time engendering community involvement in its development and sustainability.
Phase 1 has now been completed, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, staff, wildlife experts and our generous funders and the Mill Pond is now home to over 400 native trees and increased biodiversity. For the Mill, the increased water flow has led to our sluices being cleared and we are close to running the Mill using the original water supply.
We are keen to continue with this project and restore it to its former glory. We are currently seeking funding from local company Viridor Credits to continue this project and are seeking your support. Show your support for our application for grant application to Viridor Credits and sign below.
Running along the leat by the car park, is our new sensory garden. Created with help from Tesco’s ‘bags of help’ and paving specialists MatsGrids it is the perfect place to spend some time enjoying the Mill’s grounds and stimulating the senses.
The aim of the garden is to create a stimulating and sensory space that could be enjoyed by all visitors to the Mill. Designed by one of the Mill’s volunteers, the plans accommodate grass and stone paving suitable for wheelchair users together with a wide range of planting that are specifically accessible for visitors with visual or physical impairments, dementia and wheelchair users.
The design incorporates a raised oval central bed as well as surrounding areas packed with plants for sound, sight, feel and smell. All of which are accessible by wheelchair users and pushchairs. Central to the design is an oval bed which takes visitors on a circular route around the garden for ease of access and exit.
With the plan in place our volunteers created the sensory garden, initially clearing and levelling the ground, before building the raised beds and installing the pathways. After research the team chose MatsGrids x-grid® which was not only easy to install but allows all year access even when filled with plants or gravel. With this in place, wooden features made from Mill trees and the planting was completed which is now maturing for all year interest.
The sensory garden can now be enjoyed without entrance to the Mill.
Matsgrids suppliers of ground reinforcement grids and grass protection meshes for use in all industrial development projects.
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In partnership with Age UK Mid Devon, this is part of a national campaign to combat isolation and loneliness in the older generation. Our Club is supported by Kingswood Pre-school who join us every Tuesday, 10-11am to share in making crafts.
The club is open to Over 50’s and under 8’s and is Free.