Category Archives: Steart Marshes

Community orchard

On Monday some brave souls ventured out to help plant our community orchard at the compound on Stert Drove.

In the drizzling rain and ankle deep mud we planted 24 apple trees, all native varieties from the area: Ashmeads Kernel (dessert), Tom Putt (dessert/cider/cooker), Dabinett (cider), Kingston Black (cider), Dunkertons Late Sweet (cider), Old Somerset Russet (dessert).

Thanks to Alys and Paul of WWT for inviting us along.

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New Footpath Open

New Steart Footpath 14 6 13For the last few weeks the new footpath from the track at Combwich opposite the Common has remained closed to the public as the work to finish it at the Steart end continued. But today without fanfare the path was opened to walkers, cyclists and horse riders as far as the Stert Drove. Local artist Tom Jacobs is reputed to be the first to use it (from East to West) but throughout the day many other locals found their way too.

New Multi-User Path

The new footpath leading from the track by Combwich Common is arousing lots of interest and we hoped it would be available for walkers very soon. Unfortunately there is still a significant amount of work that is required to bring the bridleway and associated works, adjacent to it, to a standard that the developers feel would be safe to allow members of the public to walk. There is also a need for the formal diversion order to be approved. Continue reading New Multi-User Path

Steart Wetland Habitat Project

There will be another opportunity to get up to date with the development at Steart as members of the project team will once again be on site at the Stert Drove compound this Friday 26 October at 6.00pm. In particular Kevin Peberdy, a director from WWT, will be present to give a short talk on their future plans for the site.If you have any questions regarding the project or the site, please come along.

Another drop-in session at the Evironment Agency Stert Drove Compound

Just a quick reminder that members of the project team will be on site again this Friday 28th September at 18.00 to answer any questions on any aspects of the wildlife habitat creation scheme.

The format of the meeting this week is slightly different, we plan (weather permitting) to take any attendees to the trial bank to explain the kind of wildlife the reserve will encourage and also the sightings made on site to date.

For those who are unable to walk to the bank or would prefer not to, the site office will stay open during this time and someone will be present to answer questions.

If you wish to  wish to walk to the bank please wear sturdy footwear.

Heritage evening

Wessex Archaeology will be giving a talk at Stockland Bristol sports hall on Monday 1 October at 19.30. Please ‘spread the word’ and encourage people to come along to find out about the archaeological finds in the area.

Drop-in session at the Environment Agency Stert Drove compound

The work on the new wetland habitat scheme at Steart has been delayed a little by the very poor weather this summer. However the work is surging ahead and it is predicted that the breech in the River Parrett flood defences to create the habitat will be made in July 2013.

In order that you are able to keep up to date with the project drop-in sessions are held on the last Friday of every month at 6.00pm at Stert Drove compound. All are welcome.