Marton Village, Warwickshire

Growing Healthier Together (project report)

willow dome care

Despite obvious Covid-19 set-backs, in 2020 Marton Parish Council succeeded in creating living willow sculptures and community edible gardens with grants from Severn Trent and Warwickshire County Council.

These provided the local community with transferable skills for employment, quality volunteering opportunities, fresh community-grown food, a focus for working in the outdoors (with its wellbeing benefits) and a much-needed sense of purpose and positivity during a very difficult year.

The WCC Councillor’s Grant funding was for £1050 and the Parish Council was successful in securing £5597 additional funding from the Severn Trent Community Fund to extend the project’s wildlife improvements and community involvement.

All Marton residents – more than 450 people in about 200 households – were invited to apply for willow sculpture training (three were funded to attend) and to volunteer with planting (52 generously gave many hours). Volunteer numbers were lower than might have been in an ordinary year as we had to manage very small and safely distanced groups and couldn’t hold any open events, but the project still created a much-needed sense of cohesion and activity at an otherwise lonely and anxious time.

During the work, volunteers spoke about how good it felt to ease out of lockdown by helping the community and safely working outdoors with others again. Residents also commented on how uplifting it was to see activity after lockdown had hushed the village.

“…there could hardly have been a more important time to provide new areas in the village for play, gardening and appreciating nature.”

Raised bed soil

Going forward, everyone in Marton will benefit from the additions of wildflowers to improve plant and insect diversity, a willow dome to broaden the range of play options on offer and large raised beds for community gardening. The raised beds (which are high enough for elderly or mobility impaired residents to use) have already been well used by residents planting herbs, sowing and harvesting salad crops and looking after rhubarb.

Thanks to additional clearance and rewilding work, The Orchard housing is now better linked to the playground and playing fields area, encouraging more use of these for healthy lifestyles and more appreciation of the benefits of nature.

The project has created a sense of community cohesion, hope and activity during a very difficult year. The focus on wellbeing and outdoor activity has been invaluable during Covid-19 awareness, even though the social side of volunteering has had to be scaled-back to keep everyone safe. This has made the project management complex but there could hardly have been a more important time to provide new areas in the village for play, gardening and appreciating nature.

MPC Meeting 10 November 2020 Minutes

Minutes from the Marton Parish Council Meeting held via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 10th November 2020.

Please note these are draft minutes, formal approval of the minutes takes place at the next MPC meeting.

Covid-19 New National Restrictions from 5 November

The following covid-19 update is taken from www.gov.uk
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work.

Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant Local Covid Alert Level measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. From Thursday the national restrictions replace the local restrictions in your area. No new areas will move in the LCAL Very High restrictions between now and Thursday.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, we will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

Protect your loved ones. Download the App.

Please download the NHS App to keep updated on the latest guidance from Thursday 5 November

There is separate additional guidance for households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection

Contents

1. Stay at home
2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)
3. Meeting with family and friends
4. Businesses and venues
5. Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
6. Going to work
7. Going to school, college and university
8. Childcare and children’s activities
9. Protecting people more at risk from coronavirus
10. Visiting relatives in care homes
11. Travel
12. Financial support