Essex Biodiversity Project
Greening Galleywood -
Placing wildlife in the heart of a parish
This project is now closed but this page has been archived for reference as an example of the kinds of things which can be done to raise awareness of wildlife in a parish.
The aim of this ambitious project was to engage the whole community in preserving and looking after the important wildlife areas of Galleywood, for the benefit of both wildlife and people.
'Greening Galleywood' activities
Sat 28 April Reptiles and Amphibians, led by Essex Amphibian and Reptile Group
Sat 12 May Hedgerow survey, led by Dr Ken Adams, Essex Field Club flowering plant and brophyte recorder
Sun 20 May Bird walk, led by Tony Rouy
Sun 3 June Bridleway 29 clearance, led by Steve Plumb
Thu 5 July Galleywood Spinney work, Gt Baddow and Galleywood Environmental Group
Sun 8 July Bat Walk, led by Becky Gibson, Essex Wildlife Trust
Sat 1 Sep Mammal trapping, led by Becky Gibson, Essex Wildlife Trust
What's the project about?
Galleywood Parish Council, with the support of Essex Biodiversity Project, and funded by the Local Heritage Initiative, has launched a new and exciting project to bring wildlife into the heart of the parish. The grant of nearly £25,000 will enable local people to identify key aspects of their natural heritage that are unique and valuable to the community.
Environments that include good quality 'green spaces' and a wide range of animals and plants can dramatically improve our quality of life and our overall health. A pleasant landscape, rich in biodiversity can also improve the local economy by attracting visitors. So this project will not only help to protect wildlife, it will make Galleywood a healthier, more pleasant place to live!
'Greening Galleywood' is unique, the only project of its kind in the East of England. Local residents will decide which natural areas and features are important and will be encouraged to take responsibility for protecting them. Wildlife and education experts from the Essex Wildlife Trust and the Essex Biodiversity Project will be on hand to help at every stage of the project.
Key phases of the project
- Identify important sites such as streams, allotments, school grounds, churchyards, hedges, gardens and woodland.
- Work with site owners to develop action plans that join key features and create new ones.
- Produce maps showing key areas; design interpretation and display board and publish Good Practice guidelines.
- Train local people in wildlife monitoring and practical conservation techniques.
Why is the project a good idea?
Wildlife is increasingly threatened by fragmentation of habitats and so animals and plants will benefit from joining up remaining isolated, green 'islands' (such as hedges), enhancing what's already there (eg. clearing ditches) and creating new habitats such as ponds and rough areas in gardens.
People will benefit too! This project can help to improve the quality of life for people in Galleywood by creating new opportunities for training and education, providing opportunities for physical exercise (a good way to reduce anxiety and stress and increase feelings of well-being), increasing residents' civic pride and providing access to attractive areas rich in wildlife.
Who can be involved?
Everyone! We would like all residents and stake-holders to join the project - youth groups, retired people, walkers, allotment owners, church councils, the unemployed, businesses, farmers and anyone who has an interest in improving their surrounding and protecting wildlife. No matter what your age and circumstances, you can take part in this project.
Where is Galleywood?
Galleywood, lying three miles South of Chelmsford, is a small thriving community with a population of just under of 6,000. The village comprises local shops, a post office, a library, three schools, a youth centre, an Anglican Church and a Methodist Chapel, a Community Centre, a Social Club and five pubs.
The village is tightly bounded on all sides by the Metropolitan Green Belt, consisting mainly of intensively farmed arable land, interspersed with some orchards and remaining small areas of ancient woodland, and includes Galleywood Common, Chelmer Park, and Jubilee Park. The Common, which surrounds the prominent Victorian landmark of St Michael and All Angels church, was the site of horse racing from 1760s to the mid-1930s, and is now designated as a Local Nature Reserve.
For further information, please contact:
Ms Jane Head, Clerk to the Parish Council
Tel: 01245 268961