Wild flowers to blossom in The Byes thanks to donation

11:30 30 April 2014

Handel Bennett hands to Kati Fitzhenry and Friends of the Byes a £640 cheque for wild flower seeds – while Michael Horsnell holds the seed sack.

Handel Bennett hands to Kati Fitzhenry and Friends of the Byes a £640 cheque for wild flower seeds – while Michael Horsnell holds the seed sack.

Archant

The Friends of the Byes (FOTB) have been handed £640 from the Sid Vale Association’s Keith Owen Fund so that two kilos of mixed wild flower seeds can be planted.

Kati Fitzhenry, who received the cheque from the Reverend Handel Bennett, said: “This will enable us to plant wild flowers in the Sid Meadow, at the side of the Byes.

“It will make a great show later this year.”

Mr Bennett added: “This sort of project is very much in tune with Keith Owen’s hope, that his money would be used where it can benefit the whole community. The intention, I know, is to try to make the wild flowers a sustainable crop, which will give pleasure to all who walk the Byes for years to come.”

The Friends of the Byes welcomes anyone who wants to help in all sorts of ways in the Byes.

Volunteers gathered in Sid Meadow on Saturday and Tuesday April to rotavate the ground, spread the wildflower seeds and rake them gently in.

East Devon District Council parks department kindly prepared the new area by spraying and cutting the grass.

Aside from the Keith Owen Fund money, a collection from generous locals and visitors to the Byes raised £230 towards the seeds.

“Last year’s wildflower area at the top part of Sid Meadow has been left to see what comes up and at the moment it looks rich and diverse, so fingers crossed this will put on a good show,” said FOTB’s Michael Horsnell.

Helpers are being sought for volunteer days tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) when a clearing of the Toll house flowerbed will take place along with planting of more trees along river bank.

On Saturday, May 10, herbs and mulberries will be planted in the community orchard and mulching of trees will also take place.

Sessions take place from 10am to noon.

Email Kati at kati@fitzhenry.me or 01395 578344 for more information.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 06:30
Mike Rock of Dream-A-Way (white shirt) with mascot Jude Barrett,Matthew Barrett,Russell Bellairs,Nick Baker,Mark Denning and Stephen Parry.
Ref shs 1039-04-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

A team of five fundraisers will have just 10 wheels between them when they ride the length of the country in just a week for a new charity-boosting Sidmouth group.

Read more
Fri, 16:30
Ref shs 1166 Gas canister. Picture: Steve Sumner

The bomb squad was called to Sidmouth beach for the second time in little more than a week on Wednesday afternoon due to an object that ‘could have been mistaken for a torpedo’.

Read more
Fri, 12:19
2014's Ottery Scouts annual jumble sale

Bargain hunters are invited enjoy some retail therapy in Ottery next week as the town’s scouts host their annual jumble sale.

Read more
Fri, 06:36
Photo by Tony Green

A warning has been issued that ‘people need to take responsibility for their own safety’ as yet more beachgoers put their lives at risk on Sidmouth’s dangerous east beach.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition

Devon's trusted business finder