25 January, 2019The Villager
Julian and I have recently returned from a few days in Snowdonia, an area that we know reasonably well. It is, along with Pembrokeshire, an area that we return to often, the roads are quieter, the scenery is fantastic, people friendly and there are some great places to stay and eat. In driving around, or in Julian’s case cycling, we were reminded how much the environment and income of the area is shaped by sheep. In north Wales in particular it is generally very difficult to grow crops. The soil is too thin and not very fertile and the farms rely on sheep to graze the fields and the steep hillsides. The majority of the visitors to north Wales take the beauty of the area for granted but it only looks the way it does because it is grazed. If the sheep were removed, for whatever reason, the hill sides and fields would quickly return to brambles, small shrubs, bracken and choked with weeds. The footpaths would become unusable and the farms would be deserted. The tourist industry would be affected as, judging by the number of cars parked near climbing routes and footpaths, a lot of the visitors to the National Park do use these trails even in the middle of winter. ...
25 January, 2019Garden Club The Villager
Do you have a Winter Garden? I doubt it, you just do your best to keep some interest going during the winter. We took a trip down to Chichester just before Christmas and saw the best garden I have seen for a long time. It is the Bishop’s Palace Garden. This lies just behind the Cathedral, a few minutes walk from the High Street. It is now owned by the council who keep it up with the help of friends of the garden. It does have some great advantages, such as lots of old trees and fifteen foot Roman and Tudor walls round it, but the planting is superb. All the borders were well dressed with evergreens and young coloured stemmed dogwoods but they still had evidence of cut down perennials that would give summer colour. They used a lot of phormiums, evergreen grasses, euphorbias, dwarf pittosporums, small evergreen shrubs and hellebores. The warmth of the garden had kept the acanthus and penstemon foliage still looking good. I hope to go again in June to see the rose pergola in flower. One interesting idea was the reuse of a small circular pond which they had heaped with soil to the height of about three feet and planted with very dwarf evergreen shrubs and ground cover. Do try and visit it if you can. ...
19 January, 2019Neighbourhood Plan
Just before Christmas we advised parishioners that East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) had published a new draft Local Plan for 2017-36. This would mean a reduction in the minimum of number of dwellings required of Bentworth to six, compared with the previous allocation of “about twelve”. We and other parishes with emerging Neighbourhood Plans are, however, encouraged to produce site allocations that go beyond the minimum requirement. The EHDC plan is still a draft and will not be finalized till 2020. ...
18 January, 2019Events
I have organised another series of talks for 2019 in aid of Broadlands Riding for the disabled in Medstead. The first, on Tuesday, 12th February is Phil Spencer who has kindly agreed to come and talk about his career as a TV presenter of various property programs including working alongside Kirsty Allsopp on “Location, location, location.” ...
16 January, 2019Uncategorized
The minutes of the meeting of Bentworth Parish Council Planning Committee held on 11th January 2019 are available to download.
15 January, 2019Meetings Minutes Parish Council
The minutes of the meeting held on 4th December 2018 are available to download.
10 January, 2019Meetings Parish Council Planning
There will be a meeting of Bentworth Parish Council Planning Committee at 7:00pm on 11th January 2019 in the Jubilee (School) Hall.