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Epping Green Millennium Garden

Epping Green Millennium Garden


Size: 0.57 hectares

Grid Reference: TL 43656 05318 {phocamaps view=link|id=22|text=Map}

Owners: Epping Upland Parish Council

Access: Open Access via public footpath.

The idea for the Millennium Garden began back in January 1999, when Countrycare was approached by Epping Upland Parish Council with an idea to create a wildlife garden for the millennium on an area of redundant allotments within the village. In July 1999, the Parish Council with the assistance of Countrycare made an application to the Lottery 'Awards for all' and were successful with a bid of £1,500. This provided funding for the planting of 800 trees and the seeding of part of the site with wildflowers.

Countrycare volunteers worked on clearing the site of bramble and planted a 100m hedge on the western boundary in 2000. Since then the wildflower meadow has been cut once a year to remove the competitive grasses and encourage the wildflowers to grow. Wildflowers such as black knapweed and vetches can now be seen growing in the meadow.

The trees planted as a hedgerow in 2000 are now old enough to lay. Hedgelaying is an ancient technique for creating a stock proof barrier once used by farmers. Today it is mostly used  for aesthetics, however it also prolongs the life of the hedge and makes it bushier which provides a good habitat for wildlife.

The hedges are in the process of being laid by Countrycare staff and volunteers and will be finished in Winter 2012-13.

In 2006, Countrycare signed a management agreement with the Parish Council committing to the long term management of the site. Volunteer days will continue to be held to improve the boundary hedges and the grassland.



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