You might have seen the recent BBC news story about wildflowers grown on the side of main roads: Why are England’s roadsides blooming? This led us to setting up a new project where we’re hoping bring some beauty to the stretch of the A6 alongside Wixams.
For this project we will be getting in touch with the campaign behind this story, led by Plantlife. We want to learn the best way to move forward before contacting Bedford Borough Council. We would like them to devote the entire verge from Southern Cross to The Causeway along the A6 to wildflowers, saving the council money and providing a habitat for the bees, butterflies and other creatures.
You can learn more inspiring stories from the Plantlife site but we’re sure you’ll agree of the importance of protecting our wildlife. If you want to help out then please join in the conversation via our Facebook group and Twitter account. It’s important to us that your voice is heard.
As part of our ongoing efforts to bring the community together, we run the Wixams Walkers group, part of the national Walking for Health scheme. The group is aimed at all ages and abilities and simply gives an opportunity for residents to get some exercise, meet people and to explore parts of Wixams they might not yet have seen.
Wixams Walkers meets each Saturday at 10, in front of Seasons Garden Centre on Bedford Road. After each walk, all are invited into Seasons for a cuppa.
There are currently 4 main routes in and around Wixams which are all around 2 miles /3 km and take 45 minutes to an hour:
Three Lakes – Around the three lakes north of Wixams and the retirement village
Three Lakes and a Pond – A route around the lakes within Wixams itself, and a pond
Southern Trail – Follows the walkway around the south side of Wixams
Duck End Lane – To the end of Duck End Lane in Wilstead where there are lovely landscapes
During the summer, we will be exploring more of Bedfordshire by walking in the local country parks. So far we have visited Woburn Abbey Deer park, a beautiful open space which is home to 9 species of deer.
As an ongoing project we are meeting every 2 weeks to weed the pavements in the communal areas near to Budgens, the Village Hall and the lake.
Here you can see some of the work we’ve done so far.
On our first session we completed the steps by the lake and around the bench nearby:
We think it makes a big difference to the area and almost restores it back to its former glory.
We met again on 2nd July to weed the next section of pavement between Brooklands Avenue and the wooden path beside the lake:
With the pavements now looking much nicer, we moved onto weeding and tidying up the bedding areas. The first to be completed was the one near to the lake. It’s a lot more work that it looks as so many of the original plants were dead and there were lots of weeds in amongst the plants. We managed to fill 7 bags!
How You Can Help
There are quite a few patches in the area which need to be weeded and we’re trying to do it in stages as it can be hard work. If you’d like to help us then you just need to turn up on the next arranged date and time with:
Clothes you don’t mind getting a bit grubby
Tools if you have them such as brooms and a patio weeder (see photo)
There are plenty of other bedding areas we plan to sort out next, the next being those around Lakeview Village Hall.
As you may have seen in other villages, train stations and airports, Wixams now has a bookcase which is used to provide free books to all. If you have any old books you’d like to share, you can drop them off in the book case and pick up a new novel whilst you’re there.
We now also have a shelf dedicated to DVDs, especially those for the kids to watch over the summer holidays!
You can find the Wixams Book Exchange in the foyer of Lakeview Village Hall.