The Village Green – Nawton and Beadlam

Environmental initiatives include new village flower planters and bulb planting, the litter
picking group, the Path for All initiative and the 20s plenty scheme. 

Ideas are shared on sustainable, gardening, shopping, food growing, composting etc.
We include local businesses, individuals, projects or organisations who are finding ways
to care for and protect our wildlife, such as tree planting projects, wild flower meadow
creations, the Millennium Wildlife Garden, the Ryevitalise project, the NYM National Park
Dark Skies Reserve with info on how we can help. 

Future plans include assistance with insulation, electric vehicles, solar panels, and air/
ground source heating systems.

Community coffee mornings and afternoon teas
We have had three lovely community get togethers at the Pavilion on Beckett Recreation Ground. There were several new faces and everyone met someone they didn’t know before. Another coffee morning is planned for Monday 25 October. We plan to have these on a monthly basis

Planters – flowers, herbs, veg, around village
We are looking into purchasing some barrel tubs, troughs or planters to put in various corners around the village. And also some wild flower plugs or turf, more bulbs, and some small trees or shrubs.

Village survey
Inspired by Hovingham and Helmsley we have distributed a survey to all properties in Nawton and Beadlam. We are still collating information from it, to help us plan our next steps.

Cycle path / path for everyone
We are keen to develop the path from Nawton to the Kirkdale turn off, initially by volunteers maintaining the full width, but then fund raising to create a wider path suitable for all users. We will work with Helen Gundry from KEG
on this

Millennium wildlife garden
This group has been active since the millennium and have created a beautiful wildlife sanctuary just near the playing fields, with woodland, shrubs, a grassy meadow and a large pond. They held a very successful fundraising plant,
crafts and cake stall in June. We would like to encourage general public and the primary school to make more use of it as there is a fantastic amount of wild flowers, trees and shrubs, that will be great habitats for a variety of insects, birds and small mammals, and when the pond has water in, lots of pond life too.

Allotments or community garden – herbs, fruit, veg and cut flowers
This was highlighted in the village survey as something several people were keen on, so we will be asking the parish council to see if they can find some suitable land.

Village Newsletter. This is something we would like to have and we like the one that Nunnington produces, but we would probably just produce 3-4 a year. It would be a good way of making people feel part of the community, informing people of
upcoming events, sharing news and also ideas and advice on reducing our impact on the climate. Lots of people showed an interest in this and we have a few volunteers to help produce it. Watch this space!

Village Facebook page/website
We have these already and hopefully they will be developed further, alongside the newsletter.

Knit and stitch and natter craft group
A popular option highlighted on the village survey, so we hope to get this going soon, (Covid dependent)

Some other things we are looking into:

  • Recycling boxes for crisp and sweet wrappers, etc
  • Creating hedgehog highways /hedgehog awareness
  • Tree planting – where?
  • Give and take days
  • Apple juicing
  • (Virtual) tool share shed
  • Repair day(s)
  • Telephone box – book library, magazine share, seed share?
  • Cycle share or repairs
  • Grass verge cutting/ managing for wild flowers

More Community Hub ideas for the future

  • Community art/crafts exhibition/eventWalking group
  • Cycling group
  • Over 50’s inter village sports teams – 5 a side, netball, rounders,
  • Flower/produce event/sale
  • (Christmas) shopping trip eg coach to York or Leeds
  • Theatre/cinema trip – shared transport
  • Food and drinks event eg BBQ or hire pizza oven and bring your own drinks
  • All age activities – board games/card games afternoon/evening
  • Singing/music/play reading
  • Lego building day/competition
  • Village quiz
  • Art and crafts days
  • Pet day, dog training, dog show
  • Christmas party
  • Borrow my doggie – dog walking/pet sitting