Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Friends Of Etching Hill would like to publicly thank our MP, Amanda Milling, for bringing to a successful conclusion an issue relating to the management of Etching Hill. She established that the Hill is classed as common land / village green and that the management as such, should be left in the hands of the Charitable Trustees, who are supported by volunteers from the Friends Of Etching Hill. Both groups have been working together to improve the biodiversity, restore the heathland and bring good management skills to this beauty spot that forms part of the A.O.N.B. The requirement to plant 24 oak trees has now been relinquished which means the views from the hill will remain for future generations to appreciate. Amanda Milling has assisted us in negotiating a successful outcome in this matter.

Monday, 22 January 2018

We had a phone call from a local resident who wondered whether any of our community may wish to comment on a planning application CH/17/477 This is for a dormer bungalow to be built at the rear of 72 Peaks Road  which may have an impact on Whitworth Lane that runs up to the church.
The Friends of Etching Hill are not making any comment but simply advising our members incase anyone wishes to review the plans or make comment. Any formal comments would need to be sent in to Cannock Chase Council by Thursday of this week.

Monday, 18 December 2017

A group of our members recently attended a presentation at the Veolia base at Four Ashes. Veolia have given our group £560 for us to purchase tools for the maintenance of the hill.  We were one of 8 groups who were given a grant. 41 groups had applied for the grants so we feel this was a huge achievement.Veolia have been keen to hear about our work and their communications manager may join us on a future litter pick.
Veolia have open days and we will pass on details of these when we know the dates as their waste management plant is very interesting and worth visiting to find out what happens to waste that is put into the non recyclable rubbish bins. The plant generates electricity. Veolia stressed that recycling is always preferable and using the non  recycling bins should be a last resort even though they generate electricity from the non recyclable waste.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

We have been successful with a bid to Tescos bags of help scheme for a heathland restoration scheme project on the hill! 
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from carrier bag sales in Tesco store. The public will now vote in store during 2nd January to 28th February on who should receive the awards.
We will need votes during January and February so folks keep asking for the plastic tokens and putting them into the section with our name on it. Votes mean money to help us with this stage of restoring the heathland.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The following message was received from the clerk to the Trustees
I am writing to thank you and all the volunteers who supported the recent spreading of the heather brash.  It was a pity that the weather wasn’t good but I am sure that between us the remaining brash will be spread at some point.  Perhaps you  would be good enough to pass on our thanks and also best wishes for Christmas and New Year to all the members of Friends of Etching Hill.  Regards - Shirley

Saturday, 25 November 2017

The work on the heathland restoration laying heathers on our trial area went well. We managed to avoid the rain as it started just as we were finishing!
Thank you to everyone who turned out to help.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Heather planting work party for restoration of the heathland.

We have been asked to help with laying the new Heather on the patch that we cleared over the last few weeks.
We will be organising a work party on 
Tuesday 21 st November at meet 2 pm at the church hall. 
We will provide refreshments after the work tea and cake.
We hope you can come along and join us as we need as many helpers as possible.
Looking forward to seeing you.

(Note the time as we usually meet in the mornings and this is an afternoon event.)