Fawkham Parish Council Co-option

Fawkham Parish Council
PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCY
Fawkham Parish Council is looking to co-opt a new Member onto the Council.
This is a voluntary position and would suit someone who has a keen interest in Fawkham and is willing to be actively involved in the local community and represent its interests. More information about the Parish Council can be found on our website: https://fawkhampc.org.uk.
If you are interested in this opportunity please provide us with a brief background about yourself and why you feel you are suitable to be a member of the council.
Applications can be via email (fawkhampc@gmail.com) or in writing to the Clerk (Laura Marchant, Hillside Cottage, Castle Hill, Fawkham, DA3 7BQ.)
Interviews will be held in September.
 
Closing Date: 5pm Sunday 12th September 2021

No Mow May

Letting flowers bloom on your lawn helps provide a vital source of nectar for bees and other insects. This is why we’re encouraging you to support Plantlife’s ‘No Mow May’ project. The No Mow May campaign doesn’t ask you to do much. In fact, it asks you to not do anything at all…Just lock up your lawnmower on May 1st and let the wild flowers in your lawn bloom, providing a feast of nectar for our hungry pollinators. At the end of May, you can count the flowers on your lawn to take part in the Plantlife’s Every Flower Counts survey. You’ll then get your own Personal Nectar Score, which tells you how many bees your garden is helping to support.
The ultimate concept of No Mow May is not really to stop mowing in May specifically, or to leave whole swathes of your lawn unmown. Behind the catchy title is a simple concept: get people to change their habits so that they mow less – ideally once a month – and possibly even leave a patch or two of grass to grow long. Gardens can really make a difference to the number of wildflowers in this country. You may find all sorts of flowers appear from the soil’s hidden seedbank. Do share any photos to the group.
Mowing tips for encouraging wildlife:
  • Cut once every four weeks and ideally leave 3 to 5 cm of grass length
  • Leave areas of long grass. This is likely to result in a greater diversity of flowers
  • You don’t have to stop mowing completely. Some species such as daisy are adapted to growing in shorter lawns and cutting flowers from these once a month stimulates them to produce more blooms.
  • Don’t use weed killer, lawn fertiliser or “weed and feed” products
  • Do remove the grass clippings
Fawkham Parish Council has asked Kent County Council about the cutting regime for the verges they maintain along Valley Road. KCC confirmed these do need to be cut regularly from May to the autumn, to maintain the sight lines for road safety.  However, they have agreed to let the grass and wildflowers grow in certain areas around the M20 bridge, with an annual conservation cut in the autumn. They will monitor this to see how the pollinator and habitat value is establishing, and whether it would meet the criteria for a Roadside Nature Reserve.
The grass on the village green and on Baldwins Green at the bottom of Caste Hill will also need to be cut for road safety reasons, although we have been able to sow wildflower seeds on the triangle of land along Rogers Wood Lane, which we are hoping will bloom this year.
How to grow wildflowers. Keeping things simple, you can buy “bombs” – balls of wildflower seeds that can be scattered straight onto open ground. Once scattered, you don’t need to water or tend them. They are best scattered on ‘cleared ground’ as wildflowers are hardy and adaptable but slow growers. This means they can be out-completed by faster growing grasses and weeds at the crucial early stages, so straight onto bare soil is best.
Places where you can get these bombs include: Seed bombs – https://www.seedbombshop.co.uk and Bee Bombs – https://www.beebombs.com
Planting a mini-meadow. If you’d like to create patch of wild flowers, a mini-meadow area, or a border especially for bees or butterflies, many seed suppliers sell ready-made seed mixtures. Some of the best include:
Emorsgate Seeds: General wildflower mix: https://wildseed.co.uk/mixtures/view/2 and Wildflowers for chalk soils: https://wildseed.co.uk/mixtures/view/7
Both sites have great in depth advice if you’re serious about creating a wild flower meadow:
As do The Wildlife Trusts:

Consultation Amended Former Fawkham Manor Hospital

Sevenoaks District Council has advised that this application has now been amended, and a summary of the main changes are set out below: an additional document titled Transport Technical Note dated October 2020, and amended proposed site plans, including amendments to bin stores and parking layouts.
Any comments you made on the original application will be considered when the decision is made. If you wish to make further comments you should do so by 28th October 2020. Please email your comments to: planning.comments@sevenoaks.gov.uk.
You can view all documentation and plans for this application at https://pa.sevenoaks.gov.uk/online-applications/ under ref number:20/02299

Fawkham Against Fly Tipping

As local residents you will all be aware of the nuisance and disruption that fly tipping can cause to our village. Unfortunately, since lockdown we have seen an increase in fly tipping incidents in Fawkham and the surrounding areas.

Fawkham Parish Council, in conjunction with Sevenoaks District Council and our Kent County Council representative (David Brazier), have set up an action group – Fawkham Against Fly Tipping. The purpose of this group is to look at what can be done to reduce the number of fly tipping incidents in our village and the surrounding area. We understand that it would be virtually impossible to eradicate all incidents however we feel that certain measures could lead to a reduction and move the problem away from our village and the surrounding areas.

With this in mind we are working with the Sevenoaks District Council Fly Tipping enforcement team, placing fly tipping signs in the village and placing cameras in suitable locations.

In order to reduce fly tipping, we do need your help. It has been proven that the most effective method to help reduce fly tipping is to report the incident to Sevenoaks District Council directly. If you see an incident we would encourage you to report it (preferably with a photo) to Sevenoaks District Council by clicking on www.sevenoaks.gov.uk.flytipping or calling 01732 227 000. Please let us know too, either by posting on the Fawkham community facebook page or by emailing fawkhampc@gmail.com

This method was proven to be effective recently in School Lane. This area was heavily fly tipped on a number of occasions. The members of Fawkham bridleway Facebook group reported all the incidents directly to Sevenoaks District Council and even managed to give a description of the vehicle involved. Due to all of this information the Sevenoaks District enforcement team have identified an individual and are progressing with their enquiries.

Thanks

Welcome to the new Fawkham Parish Council website!

We hope you find it useful – it aims to provide a wealth of information about Fawkham: from its history to local walks, from Parish Council meetings to reporting fly tipping, from the village sign to post boxes, and more.

We’d value your feedback on the new website’s look, feel and content, and any suggestions for further content.

Coronavirus Help

Fawkham Parish Council will be delivering leaflets around the village later in the week, offering help for those who are self isolating or who are unable to get out.
In the meantime, if you know of anyone who needs help or you are someone who needs help please contact us on 07503651138 or email fawkhampc@gmail.com.
If you are able to offer help to neighbours, please email us.

Parish in Bloom

Announcing “Parish in Bloom”
Fawkham Parish Council has entered Fawkham into the “Parish in Bloom” scheme run by South & South East in Bloom. We think our village is a place to be proud of and Parish in Bloom is a good way to show this.
The criteria are low key and involve assessment of Community Involvement; Environmental Responsibility; and Maintenance: Gardening, Horticulture & Tree Maintenance, and Street Furniture. It’s not all about flowers and hanging baskets! Assessment will take place between mid June and mid July.
We hope this initiative will help to:
– Develop a sense of community
– Encourage respect and care for the natural environment
– Make Fawkham an even more desirable place to live
– Engender a love of flowers, plants and trees
Volunteers have already planted more daffodil bulbs on the Village Green, in the Churchyard, under the new “Fawkham” entry gates and on Baldwin’s Green, and summer flowers will soon be planted by the entry gates. The Cleaning Ninjas volunteer group will also be doing their bit to smarten up the village. There are other plans being developed but we’re open to ideas and suggestions.
Please let us have your thoughts and ideas on this, either via this Group or at the Annual Parish Meeting on March 26th at the Village Hall. If you’d like to get involved, do let us know!
Meanwhile, does anyone have the skills and time to make some bird boxes? These could be put up in your garden or, if anyone would like to make and donate some, we can put them on the trees in the Village Green. There’s a guide on how to do this on the RSPB’s website: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/activities/build-a-birdbox/
Do watch out for further information and ideas on what you can do to get involved.