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  • Thank you

    A huge thank you to all the shops, businesses, hostelries, organisations and homes on the judging route who made a valiant effort for the the Britain in Bloom Judge on Thursday 29 July. We know there are many who regularly sweep their frontages and put out flowers all years around, which is absolutely wonderful, but we are also grateful to those wh...
  • No more sleeps!

    We welcomed RHS Judge Rod Pooley to Marlborough on Thursday, 29 July. He's pictured with Val Compton (missing her trademark dungarees!), Town Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper, Assistant Town Clerk Clare Harris and Grounds Manager Nigel Weatherly before they set out on a tour of the town, stopping for lunch at gold-winning The Lamb Inn. Once the judging...
  • 29 July is judging day!

    Thursday 29th July is the big day! The judges are arriving at 10am and will be guided around a route, specifically chosen to take in the highlights of the town. Starting and finishing at the Town Hall, the route will zig zag down the High Street, meander through Priory Gardens, into and along Coopers Meadow, through The Parade, finishing up in Wye...

Marlborough In Bloom 2021

Stonebridge Wild River Reserve

Just ten minutes away from Marlborough High Street is the multi-award winning Stonebridge Wild River Reserve, a 15 acre water meadow with the River Kennet, an important chalk stream flowing through it. The site supports a wide range of native wildlife including otter, kingfisher, water vole, cuckoo and brown trout. It has been awarded 'Outstanding' by South West in Bloom for the last three years and was also awarded the Monk Trophy for 'Best use of native plants' in 2015 when ARK created a wetland to filter road surface runoff pollution.
 
Stonebridge Meadow (part of the reserve), is jointly owned by charity Action for the River Kennet (ARK) and Marlborough Town Council.
 
The designated wildlife site is open to all and is continually enhanced by the ever growing team of ARK volunteers, who contribute over 1,000 hours a year during tasks that include hedge planting, river restoration, wildlife surveying, bulb planting, water quality monitoring, litter picking and lots more besides. ARK run regular volunteer work parties, to get involved contact Anna This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Community days and free events are held on a regular basis. Visit ARK's website and Facebook page for the latest information: www.riverkennet.org www.facebook.com/riverkennet
 
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ARK River School activities are very popular with local groups, such as schools, Brownies and Cubs. These are excellent opportunities to get children outdoors exploring and learning about their precious chalk stream and the equally important adjoining habitats.
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For several months each year ARK's Belted Galloway cattle carry out conservation grazing, this is increasing the biodiversity of the site. Volunteers are on a rota system to check the livestock on a daily basis.
To download the Stonebridge Guide, including a map click here: Stonebridge Map and Guide
 
Currently ARK volunteers are working on re-establishing Stream water crowfoot within the river and restoring an eroded section of riverbank. Crowfoot is a native aquatic plant that oxygenates the river, provides habitat for small fish and invertebrates and looks very beautiful when in bloom. It is dependant on unpolluted water and good flow.
On land they are busy maintaining access along the wooden boardwalk and seating area, as well as carrying out hedge maintenance on our 3,000+ native trees.  Bins are emptied and footpaths are mown by the Town Council's grounds team.
 
In autumn 2017 four thousand Snake's head fritillary bulbs were planted by volunteers. It was amazing to see so many flower earlier this year and ARK will be working with their volunteers to hold another bulb planting day this autum.
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To find out more about ARK and Stonebridge Wild River Reserve visit: http://www.riverkennet.org/about-the-river/stonebridge-wild-river-reserve

 

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