The trustees of Barby Townlands Charity are very mindful of the impact the charity has on the environment.
We accept that we have a lot to learn and some of the measures that could be taken will need to be considered over the long term, however, we are proud of what we have achieved so far.
The charity provides and manages the allotments. The trustee responsible is currently Sally Robbins. There are a vast amount of fruit and vegetables produced by skilled, as well as novice, gardeners. They have virtually zero “food miles” as well as reducing carbon dioxide during the growth cycle.
We have planted hundreds of trees in the farm land alongside Longdown Lane. Our long serving trustee Richard Camp and his wife Catherine have arranged this and their choice of trees will provide a mixed woodland for everyone’s enjoyment when they reach their full height. The trees were planted by a team of local people in 2015. In late 2017 some Black Poplar trees have been added and they have now been joined by a disease resistant elm tree.
The orchard at the back of the garage is maturing and this year there is a crop for all to enjoy.We have also installed a Boules Area and BBQ and encourage people to go along and have a go at Boules and take a picnic or BBQ – no need to book, just share if someone else comes along. The trees have been planted by a team of local people.
We communicate as a team of trustees by e mail and post all our minutes on the village website.
We have recently taken over the management of 8 acres of arable land from Barby Poorlands Charity, and the rent from the acreage is used to fund grants to village organisations. The Charity also owns the land on which the Sports Field, Village Play Area and Tennis Court stands, and leases these areas to the Parish Council so that everyone in the village can use them.
There is more to do and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead. If you would like any more information about the charity please contact any of our trustees.