Keep Uphill Tidy

The Uphill Village Society attempts to organise at least 2 village clean ups each year as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. Next one due in a few months as part of the Great British Spring Clean. However following the government announcement of a national lockdown, we are all being asked to stay at home. Stricter and legally enforceable rules on outdoor activity are now in place. There are prescribed reasons for being outdoors, which do include provision of voluntary and charitable services and for the purposes of exercise (but only once a day).

However, it’s not clear from the government’s guidance whether volunteer litter picking, would be covered by either of these criteria. Therefore, taking a precautionary approach, we are asking all our volunteers to pause any organised litter picking events until further notice. Should you choose to pick up litter on your daily exercise, please ensure you do so safely and, in line with the latest government guidance, you should only undertake outdoor activity as an individual, with one other person or with members of your own household/support bubble, while maintaining social distancing at all times.

For the present therefore the Society calls upon residents to do what they can to pick up litter as they go particularly on their daily exercises and when litter is more noticeable. It has a limited number of litter pickers available if they would help – contact info@uphillvillagesociety.org.uk  for details and can supply black sacks although are trying to source something more environmentally friendly to use.

The Society works with NSC whenever possible. Particular problems arise after the weekly waste collections. Householders are encouraged as not to put their green boxes out ahead of time even with a light wind sees recycling spread around the village. In addition ust a few minutes clearing up after the collection would all help.

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The Plantation & Bluebell Field

 

The Plantation and Bluebell Field is a plantation wood and parkland field and is an important landscape and historic feature for Uphill village and Weston-Super-Mare, as well as being a popular recreational green space in the area. 

The mature veteran trees and parkland of wood pasture are an important part of the former historic landscape of Uphill Manor. The site comprises a mid-19th Century plantation of predominantly mature beech, with sycamore, oak, yew and horse chestnut with a holly dominated understorey, and The Bluebell field – a parkland field of wood pasture rich in spring flowers, particularly bluebells and snowdrops which carpet the field in springtime, and contains scattered mature veteran trees. The field is managed by late summer and autumn grazing with cattle. It was also known locally as the Donkey Field as it was used to over winter the donkeys from Weston Super Mare beach.

Owned and managed by the Woodland Trust the plantation is open to the public for quiet informal recreation, but the field is closed to protect the displays of spring flowers from damage. 

The field is grazed from late summer to autumn by Dexter cattle, with the pavement and highway of Uphill Rd South and Old Church Rd offering good views of the field, which is bordered by traditional Victorian wrought iron railings.

The wood is well used with a network of small paths leading from an adjoining public footpath and the public highway. However it has recently been subject to inappropriate use and damage as a consequence of which the Trust has been obliged to restrict its use for cycling which is no longer permitted, notices this effect have been put up and it will be flattening the jumps and repair other damaged caused.

Visitors to the site are asked to respect its importance to ensure that the integrity of the historic landscape will be preserved for future generations to enjoy and continuity of the historic wooded landscape and remain a high quality recreational resource to be valued by local users and visitors alike.

 

Uphill Calendar 2021

The 2021 Uphill calendar is now available to buy. Featuring local views from local photographers it’s a must have for anyone with a love of Uphill.

It is available to buy in the village shop and hairdressers our from 51 Uphill Road South, Uphill. Otherwise email your contact details to info@uphillvillage.org.uk and we will let you know how you can buy and pay online.

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