This website tells the story of how volunteers are restoring and looking after a community wood in the village of Ash, Somerset.
It is located on Main Street Ash, TA126NS.
The Government’s strategy “A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment” 2018 states:
“Over the next 25 years we must safeguard the environment for this generation and many more to come. We plant trees knowing that it will not be us, but our children and grandchildren, who get to enjoy their shade. In the same way, we should take a long view of how our stewardship today can lead to a healthier and culturally richer planet tomorrow.”
Ash Millennium Wood was given a Green Flag Award on 16th July 2019.
It joins 11 other community green spaces awarded recognition in the South West and is the only community award winner in South Somerset.
This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Sites are assessed against 24 criteria and the average is multiplied by 10 to give the final score, to achieve the Award a site must achieve a minimum of 66%. The wood achieved a score in the 75-79% band. The broad judging categories are:
A Welcoming Place
Healthy, Safe and Secure
Well Maintained and Clean
Biodiversity, Landscape and Heritage
Management / Achievements