Jubilee Field is a community amenity of some 6.32 acres of land bounded by the village of Tatworth and the A358. It provides residents with an open access area where they may freely enjoy the benefits of its natural character.
It has and is being developed to meet residents’ aspirations as expressed in a consultation held in 2012 when the majority of those taking part wanted an open space where the area’s ecology and the environment can be protected and enhanced through a number of sympathic schemes. Following this consultation, the District Council landscape architect created a plan that incorporated the residents’ ideas and views. This is now is the ‘blue print’ for subsequent development. Blackdown Futures, independent management ecologists and the Rivers authority have also provided practical help, money and advice.
To date: volunteers have planted around 100 broadleaf trees and a similar number of fruit trees; reduced the proliferation of invasive dock weeds; provided spaces with initials ground preparation for 20 plus allotments together a water pump; grass paths have been created around the Field; and a more robust and easier access entrance has been initiated with the work required expected to be completed this winter (2018/19).
Plans are in place to prepare wildflower beds and sow with native seeds donated by the Grow Wild/ Kew Gardens scheme; lay some hedges, install new fencing; and regenerate some of the Field’s hedgerows with bramble clearance and new planting.