Ridgeway Farm Art Project Update 21.08.19
|Public Open Space to North West of Ridgeway Farm looking towards the railway line
There is a footpath on the other side of the B4553 road that leads back to Purton but is not clearly accessible at the moment and has new saplings densely planted up to the development boundary.
|Looking back towards the development from the railway arch
|Public footpath to Purton
We crossed over to the public open spaces to the north where once you have negotiated the steps a path leads toward the railway bridge and footpath to the River Ray – a delightful surprise for me that this is so easy to access from the development. Further on you can reach the old canal. The attenuation ponds in front of the railway already have reeds and grasses to attract wildlife and new saplings have been planted to the western boundary. There is another public footpath from Purton direction that links to the path going under the railway. This particular area was really interesting to me as a potential site for the community orchard – it is a bit space currently being mown and slopes to the east with protection from prevailing west winds.
- · A community orchard would be a great addition to the site – especially as a way of getting people together to use the public open spaces in a positive way and would help encourage more wildlife and ecology.
- · The art work could take the form of a seat/way-markers on a nature trail/an entrance sculpture to welcome you to the development but more people should be consulted about this.
- · The top of Upper Ox Hill is a great place for a seat with a shelter.
- · Yes – bat box making workshops would be welcome.
- · Marking the site of the round houses and/or iron age burial site is important – more investigation into this archaeology report is needed and one resident is interested in doing this.
- · An after school parent and child wildlife Wonder session would be welcome.
- · Getting together as a community was welcomed as it is a big development that only has the school to tie residents together and not everyone has children or uses the school.
- · A leaflet drop should happen to engage residents in the project – MC to investigate
- · Improved disabled access on site would help to make the spaces more accessible – there are a lot of steps that are difficult to negotiate if you are with young children/push chairs/wheelchair user/less able bodied
- · Zebra crossing at Upper Ox Hill and through the main road across the estate would make it safer for children to use the POS and access the community orchard in the future.