Glebe Meadow Report for Jubilee Hall AGM – 26 Sept 2016

Glebe Meadow has continued to keep us busy.  Much work continues year on year, with volunteers in the winter working party helping with hedging and cutting back the banks, over-grown trees and general clearance, and with those in the regular mowing rota also doing a great job. The longer grass was cut for hay and baled, with the costs being covered by the sale of the hay.

Changes since last year:

  • The balance of Saracen’s Norfolk grant (safety signs, picnic table and temporary safety netting by the Beck) is being used for the special seat in Jubilee Orchard, which is to be made and installed in October/November. It is also being financed by the Parish Council, Jubilee Hall and two donors.  There will be an official ‘unveiling’ to mark its completion, and the final stage of the Glebe Meadow project from 2012.
  • The orchard is maturing and among the 26 trees are a number of apples which are bearing fruit, and which we plan to harvest (in conjunction with the family who planted them) for the event in Jubilee Hall on 1 October for Macmillan Cancer Support.
  • The wildflowers planted by the apiary provided a colourful display this spring/summer which the bees loved.  They have been mown in early August along with the rest of the longer grass in the meadow, and the hope is that many will flower again next year.
  • The bees have had a good year and the novice bee-keepers are also progressing – although a very long way to go.  But the bees responded and helped us produce around 140 jars of honey compared with 12 last year.  They have been snapped up at £4/jar, starting at the fete on 6 August where 60 jars were sold.  The question now is how many jars to keep for other village events over the next few months.  At least bee income exceeds expenditure this year!

Peter Grimble