Wildflower Verges

The parish council is in receipt of a letter from South Gloucestershire Biodiversity Officer, at Streetcare, in which she notes the value of the verges around Charfield and one in particular.

There were 32 wildflowers growing in a very small area. This is an amazing range and makes this one of the very best bits of wildflower grassland the council manage, and probably one of the best in South Gloucestershire, so rather special for the parish.

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Vacancies at Charfield Parish Council

cpclogoJust a note to highlight that we remain short of Councillors at Charfield, and would welcome interest from any parishioner who might feel able to volunteer.

The role of Parish Councillor is important, occasionally challenging, and vital. Parish Councillors represent their community as the first tier of local government, and have significant input into decisions made by other statutory bodies such as South Gloucestershire County Council, emergency services and government departments.

The Parish Council meets once a month in full session, and councillors can sit on other groups as parish council representatives. Most meetings are in the evening, and while there are no cash inducements it is an otherwise rewarding role.

If you would like to chat informally about the role, do give the Clerk a call.

Horse Chestnuts

Around the village, and all over the country, Horse Chestnuts (Aesculus Hippocastanum) have been having a tough time of it from leaf miner moth infestation. Around now, most of the leaves will have fallen to the ground, and if they’ve fallen onto your ground you may be thinking of leaving it, or moving it. For Horse Chestnuts, it might be worth moving it and burning it.

horse-chestnutPerhaps earlier in the year you noticed the early browning leaves, curling up and falling far earlier than the other trees in the area. Maybe you noticed the conkers this year were far smaller and few in number. This is caused by the horse chestnut leaf miner (Cameraria Ahridella), discovered in the UK in 2002 and probably spread from Europe.

There is no cure for infestation at the moment, but the leaf miner moth overwinters in the leaf litter and removing this for burning or commercial composting will likely reduce the extent of the infestation the following year. Home composting probably doesn’t achieve the temperatures needed to kill this invading species.