Following 3 years of detailed negotiation Summerleaze are pleased to announce the approval of the Summerleaze Long Term Forestry Plan (LTFP) for Strathmore and the release of upto £1m from Rural Development funding by the Scottish Government for peatland restoration at these landholdings. The LTFP is the first forest plan approved by the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) located in the Flow Country and it sets the strategy for Forestry in the Flows where forestry and environmental objectives can co-exist.
The funding will deliver the restoration of 450ha of land back to peatland through the removal of the existing poor crop of pure Lodgepole pine, the removal of deer fences, conifer regeneration and blocking ditches. This will lead to environmental benefits of increased biodiversity, the protection of and enhancement of carbon sinks, the creation of habitats for endangered breeding moorland birds and will mitigate any impact on the neighbouring designated sites.
In addition the LTFP has enabled funding from the Scottish Timber Transport Scheme for the building of a 7.3km link road through Braehour forest which will remove the need to use the weak local public roads for the transport of timber. Following the removal of the timber the provision of this road will also make public access to the area easier, increasing outdoor sporting opportunities and tourism.
Finally, the LTFP will ensure that consumers of timber products from Strathmore Forest, can be certain that they originate from a woodland managed to the highest standards of sustainable forest management and will as a result of the third party auditing, enable the certification of the timber under the Forest Stewardship Certification scheme (FSC)
"Pyworthy Under 5s" Chairperson Michelle Shadrick, thanked Andigestion for their "generous support" of their charity auction held at the Rydon Inn on the 25th January 2013. We understand it was great success and enjoyed by everyone who attended.
Andigestion Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Summerleaze Limited, has submitted a planning application for a new Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant in West London. Currently operating one of the largest AD plants in the UK Andigestion is hopeful that permission will be granted for this new plant close to Heathrow in early 2013. The plant will have a capacity of 49,000t and will provide a disposal route for biodegradable food waste coming from Counties and Boroughs in the West London area, this waste is currently being sent outside the Borough boundaries and as a result of its treatment at the new AD plant will generate renewable electricity and a liquid fertiliser. In excess of 12 people will be employed at the site.
It is also envisaged that heat from the process will be beneficially used in local Heathrow hotels or Terminals.
The clothing giant NEXT recently spent 2 days at Summerleaze Quarry using the quarry as its backdrop for still shots to be used in the new NEXT magazine. The rental for the 2 days of £1400 was donated to the Summerleaze sponsored charity TVAP. Mike Lowe said " this is a great way to get much needed funds to the charity using a resource which is flexible and in great demand for stills and video, we hope to raise over £5000 each year by letting out the quarry for such filming"
As sponsor of "Bray in Bloom" we are delighted to hear that a Gold Medal has been awarded to Bray.
The judges summary reads as follows: " A small riverside village which is full of surprises, Bray has achieved an exceptionally high standard across all areas. This is a tribute to the Enhancement Committee and to all those involved, from toddlers, to youth groups, local organisations and trusts, the church, businesses, restaurants, nurseries, local councils and not least the local residents. The level of support from those in the village, particularly residents, displays a high level of pride in the community. This year a real patriotic effort has been made, with red, white & blue everywhere, and many really unusual displays. The "Olympic oars" at the slipway are a lovely touch. The efforts to promote the campaign and the success in continually improving and developing it to link in new initiatives, for the benefit of the village and those who live and work there, are really notable"
Net A Porter used the Summerleaze Quarry this week as their backdrop for a new clothing range. Filming took place over a full day with over 15 crew, cameramen and models. As usual the £800 fee for the days filming was donated to Summerleaze's preferred charity "Thames Valley Adventure Playground". This donation, in the 30th year of TVAP, was warmly welcomed by Nicky Hutchinson and goes some way to helping finance the annual running costs of the charity.
Andigestion - Subsidiary company of Summerleaze Ltd - has continued to support the youth football team in Holsworthy Devon. This year the Under 15's have benefitted from a new football kit with "Andigestion Ltd" being proudly displayed on their chest.
A message from the team was delivered to Andigestion " Many thanks for your continued support and for sponsoring our Under 15's with a new football kit this season. It is really appreciated by everyone at Holsworthy Youth"
Andigestion would like to wish all the teams at Holsworthy and particularly the under15's good luck for the coming season.
Margaret Hookway ( Holsworthy Family Workshop) said "We would like to thank you for your financial support over the last 3 years. As a not for profit organisation serving our whole rural community through crafts and creativity, we do rely on local support as well as larger grants. Through your money we have been able to provide creative workshops for adults, children and young people and this we have appreciated. Thank you once more" Holsworthy Family Workshop Resource Centre
Peter Prior was interviewed by the Maidenhead Advertiser this week about the bold proposals to relocate Furze Platt school onto Summerleaze land at Spencers Farm. In a wide ranging interview, he gave the background to the idea and listed many of the benefits of the proposal to the community at large. The current proposal is with RBWM for consideration in their development of the Borough Local Plan, Peter is confident that it will be given a fair and positive hearing and that following the inclusion in the Plan planning permission for the development will swiftly follow, enabling the school to to be completed and handed over for the beginning of Autumn term 2015.
To read more about the proposal go to www.spencersfarm.co.uk
or read more of Peters interview on the Maidenhead Advertisers web page http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/News/Areas/Maidenhead/Special-rep...
See document on Summerleaze response to the Petitioners concerns at http://www.spencersfarm.co.uk/content/five-key-petition-points-summerlea...
Good luck to all those taking part in the Iver and Wexham fun run. Summerleaze is pleased to be a major sponsor of this event our quarry at Denham is a major business and employer in the area and it is nice to be able to give something back to the community. Sue Moffat clerk of Iver Parish Council said "We are pleased Summerleaze were able to sponsor this event and we acknowledge their kind donation which will ensure the event is successful"