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LOOSE GREENWAY – WORK PARTIES

During the summer we will be holding regular work parties to continue with our work on keeping the Greenway in an attractive condition.     We have taken the decision to look after this ourselves since the local authority contractors have cut down the spring flowers more than once and we cannot trust them not to do it again.

The next work party is  on Saturday 30th June – meet at 10am at the Cripple Street end of the Greenway.   If you can attend, could you please bring with you spades, forks and pruning equipment?

For future information, all dates are on our Calendar tab.   We may use some of these dates to carry out work elsewhere in our area, in which case these changes will be notified on our website.

To get the Loose Greenway to where we want it will probably take around three years. What we want to do over that period is to eradicate the nettles and coarse grasses from the West side and replace them with meadow grasses intermixed with wild flowers most of which are perennials i.e. the plants regrow every year. Interspersed with this we want to create some small areas of flowers only normally found in cornfields such as poppy, cornflower, corn marigold and corncockle which are annual plants, meaning they grow from seed very year and then die, hopefully dispersing their seeds to create next year’s flowers. To achieve this we will be killing of the nettles and coarse grasses and reseeding the cleared areas with the meadow and cornfield mixes. We will the work in small patches at a time so that we don’t have a barren and uninteresting
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On the South end of the Greenway we have areas where there is permanent or partial shade. We will shortly be planting clumps of Foxgloves in the lighter shaded areas and in the longer term looking to plant Bluebells and Snowdrops in this area too. At the North end on the East side as you enter the Greenway  there is an area on the bank which is just thick nettles. We hope to clear this small area and seed it with suitable grasses interplanted with primroses and, if we can get them, violets.

Sadly there is still a problem with some owners allowing their dogs to foul the Greenway. This is an irresponsible and selfish thing to do. Most dog owners are responsible and this small minority really must change their behaviour.

If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with the work on the Greenway please contact Richard on 07840 897141.

Thank you for your continued support to help keep North Loose a pleasant place to live in.

 

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LOOSE “ENDS”

Brogdale Farm

A bumper number of Loose ‘Ends’ members (45) welcomed Alan Hayward and his wife Pam to our June Meeting. Alan gave a very interesting illustrated talk about ‘Brogdale Farm’ near Faversham. As well as a brief outline on its history and purpose, Alan then spoke at length about the role it plays as the Home of The National Fruit Collection.

Everyone became enthralled with the the variety of fruits that were described together with Alan’s personal experience at Brogdale as a Tour Guide.

Our thanks go to Alan for a very enjoyable and informative afternoon.

Our next meeting is 17th July, which will be our summer BBQ.

 

 

RICHMOND WAY GREEN

After 6 years we have at long last obtained a lease from Maidstone Borough Council for the open space at Richmond Way. It has been 6 years of frustration and anger at how long it takes for any council to make decisions and then implement them.

We are extremely grateful to one of our members, Mike Smith who is a property lawyer, for dealing with all the legal procedures. He gave so much time and saved the NLRA a fortune in fees. We now have to register the land at the Land Registry which is a formality although, this can take 2 – 3 months.

Our environmental team will soon be seen on the land tidying up and arranging regular grass cutting.

 

IN LOVING MEMORY

My husband Peter and I moved to North Loose nearly 40 years ago.   We originally lived on the main Loose Road.   Most days he would walk down to Luckys Papershop (even after Sainsburys opened) and buy his Daily Mail which he enjoyed very much especially the puzzles.

Four years ago he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma which he inherited from time he worked at Aylesford Paper Mills.  Although we knew this would be terminal it was a great shock when he went into hospital in August and never came home again.

When I saw the tree had been struck down near Luckys in a recent storm I thought it would be an ideal place to plant a tree in his memory and am most grateful to North Loose Residents Association  for allowing me to do this.  I shall look forward to seeing it hopefully thrive in the coming years.

Val Sime

 

LOOSE THREADS

An interesting read from the early 1900s

Click here to read this journal of The Loose Area History Society

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