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The Hutton Village Green

It is surprising how few Villagers are aware of the Village Millennium Green. The Green is located on the right hand side of Windmill Hill just off Banwell road next to the junction with Canada Coombe.

The Green was developed for the millennium celebration around the old quarry from which stone was quarried to build several of the old houses and structures in the village.

There are three main areas. The old quarry face and quarry floor, wild flower area to the right of the gate and the main grassy area much used by dog walkers and the picnic area with tables and a seat. In front of the seat there is a plaque illustrating the wonder-ful panoramic views across the Weston and the Bristol Channel to South Wales with direction arrows indicating the distant features and landscape.

The Green is situated on calcareous limestone and the flora is populated with mainly na-tive plants found on the Mendip Hills. Many of the plants species were used is times gone by for medicinal purposes such as Eye Bright, woundwort, foxglove, feverfew and even extracts from Silver Birch.

All species attract bees and insects, many attract and provide a food source for butter-flies and moths and their larvae. Rosebay willow herb, campion the vetch and trefoil family of which there are several species on the Green. The abundance of insects attract birds in particular swallows and swifts while the seed eaters enjoy the numerous thistle species and teasel.

This winter and spring bought a wonderful display of snowdrops and cowslips with native English bluebells catching up. We are looking forward to the summer cornfield species of which there are many; Oxeye daisies, cornflower with corn cockle and corn marigold never seen in modern corn fields. Field poppies, field scabious, cluster bellflower and harebells in the margins.

It has been said that a wild flower meadow will take care of itself. This is not the case. The meadows need cutting twice yearly. The first cut is in August when the cut grass and flowers drop seed, the cuttings must be removed otherwise is will rot down and enrich the soil which will encourage unwanted grass and broadleaf perennials. The second cut is early March to allowing spring sun to reach the soil to help germinated seed.

The grass in some areas the sward is being controlled naturally by the introduction of Yellow Rattle which is parasitic on grass roots. This reduces grass growth and reduces competition for the flower species.

At the end of this year the area between the two magnificent Field Maple trees will be cleared and a footpath cut. This area will be developed to encourage slow worms, beetles and glow worms.

The Village Millennium Green is to be explored and enjoyed. Only take away photographs and happy memories. Children play and enjoy doing rolley polley down the grassy slopes so please clean-up behind your dogs.