Community celebrates as Allington council takes over part of land lease (From Bridport and Lyme Regis News)
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Community celebrates as Allington council takes over part of land lease
THE hill was alive with the sound of music when volunteers and residents celebrated Bridport’s Allington Hill.
And there was a double reason for merry-making as Allington Parish Council has just taken over the lease of part of the land.
The Allington Hill autumn festival was postponed by a fortnight to enable the volunteer group, the Allington Hillbillies, to mark the transfer of Coopers Wood and field from owner The Woodland Trust.
Group co-ordinator Cathy Harvey said: “The volunteers will still be looking after this area and continue with the flower meadow project and kids’ club.
“The community will be encouraged to use this new amenity, while still protecting the habitat within it.
“It is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy this area and help look after it.
“With the new play trail in place and wild flower meadow project in its second year, the local community will benefit from the extra care it will now receive.”
Live music at the festival on Saturday, October 12, was provided by local people with close connections with the hill including Impromptu, Tinker’s Cuss, Melve and Calm on didgeridoos and pirate band The Boarding Crew.
Storyteller Martin Maudsley also entertained the youngsters and some of the junior Hillbillies had worked hard for several weeks preparing workshops for the children.
Mrs Harvey said: “The festival ended with a barbecue and a bonfire. It has been a great summer for the hill, with many families using the hill to play games, have picnics and hold birthday parties.
“The kids’ club, for learning more about nature, is held on the second Sunday of each month from 2pm.”
Allington Parish Council chairman Phil Lathey said: “We were pleased to be able to take over the land from the Woodland Trust on a 25-year lease.
"It is a long-term commitment for the parish council to work with the volunteers but it was best that we did so, so that the land can be used by the community in future.”
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