Who we are and what we do
The Shamley Green Environment Group, created in 2020, advises the Parish Council and promotes environmental initiatives in the village. It has now published a 10-point plan for 2022 in the village media, and click here to see how we did in 2021. It maintains an overview of village environmental initiatives aiming to facilitate, not constrain, good ideas.
We are all volunteers with differing backgrounds, but all keen to help make Shamley Green a better place for wildlife and people living here. Different groups lead work on individual projects and programmes, often with overlapping membership, which we encourage. At present these groups include amphibians, ponds, trees, mowing and wildflowers, evidence gathering and publicity. There will be others as new projects emerge.
Environment projects on Common Land will normally need Parish Council approval. It is revising its plans to make tackling climate change and promoting biodiversity a focus as it takes on responsibility for more Common Land from Waverley. Some finance is available through the Parish Council, but also through the Wonersh Foundation and other Trust Funds as well as private donations.
Many projects will require compromises that balance promoting the environment with neighbours’ or recreational needs, such as changing the mowing regime to promote biodiversity, but we are keen to be as collegiate and consensus-driven as possible.
Current committee members are: Jim Drummond (chairman), Lyn Barber, Sultana Bashir, Regena Coult, Glynis Drummond, Henrietta Griffiths, Alison Harding, Chris Howard,
Claire Jenkinson, Jane Lovett, Claire Merriman
About our advisory role
One of our roles is to work with Wonersh Parish Council to consider the environment when making decisions about the management of our Common Land.
Mowing Greens, Verges and Paths
We spend lot of time discussing mowing! It wasn’t difficult to decide to mow less often (in order to allow the animals and plants living on our commons to complete their life cycles), but of course there is also the village fete and cricket to consider, as well as people just enjoying the space. When you mow affects different plants and animals in different ways.
There is a clear obligation to keep everyone safe by maintaining generous verges alongside the roads, and there are other areas where the grass needs to be kept short such as the playground and around benches, and providing paths across areas where the grass is now longer.
Building on our experience of October mowing in 2021, we are recommending some changes for 2022. We have asked for the width of the paths through long grass to be increased. And we have earmarked two areas to be cut biennially to provide a habitat for animals which take 2 years to reach adulthood. We will be monitoring how the greens fare with the new regime, and adjust our plans for 2023 accordingly.
All of the ditches on Duck Pond Green and some of those on Lords Hill Common are now the responsibility of Wonersh Parish Council (the other Lords Hill ditches remain with Waverley Borough Council, see map).
The Parish Council organises the contractors who clear the ditches and we are keen to liaise with them on the timing of this as it affects wildlife and may also affect our planting decisions.