Updated: Apr 11
The Duckmore, Community Garden, and ideas for more green spaces for Tring
We're really pleased that Tring Town Council has installed a sign we designed to highlight the great community work done on the land adjacent to Duckmore Lane.
The Duckmore offers to all visitors a calm, peaceful place where people can relax and enjoy nature. It provides a beautiful environment with woodland, meadows, hedges, a tiny pond and a great variety of cultivated areas. It helps to reduce Tring’s carbon footprint. Its range of habitats encourages and supports biodiversity.
Comprising allotments, the Millennium Woods, Wildflower Meadow and Glades, and our Community Garden, it's a wonderful example of what can be achieved when local people work together to create something special.
We'd love to see more projects like this in Tring (see below). Message us at email@example.com if you might be interested in helping.
The Community Garden
Tring Town Council allocated this area to Tring in Transition in 2016 to create a garden for local people. The overall aim is a simple neighbourliness, a belief that a community food garden helps make Tring and the world a better place.
The site was two derelict allotments, full of brambles, dock, nettles and ground elder, now transformed into the Community Garden.
Volunteers are encouraged to help plant, weed and water - fruit, vegetables, and herbs. All plants are chosen to support bees and other pollinators and a wildflower patch is encouraged.
Half the garden provides a welcoming outdoor meeting place, surrounded by plants, including a Sensory Garden generously supported by the Tring Lions. It is used by local groups of all ages, such as Scouts, Guides and the Allotment Association.
The other half is where different gardening techniques are tried out. The aim is to create a low maintenance food garden. It is a place to experiment with growing methods that cope with the changing climate.
We have open Community Garden Sessions every second Sunday of each month throughout the year from 10am to noon. Anyone can join in - message us if you'd like to join or see the Community Garden Facebook Page.
Our next sessions (in 2022) are on:
February 13th at 10am
March 13th at 10am
April 10th at 10am
May 8th at 10am
June 12th at 10am
July 10th at 10am
Allotments have been in existence for hundreds of years with evidence pointing back to Anglo Saxon times, but the system we recognise today has its roots in the Nineteenth Century when land was made available to the poor for the provision of food growing.
The Allotment Act of 1925 strengthened the statutory rights of Allotment holders. It meant that local authorities could not sell off or convert allotments without Ministerial consent.
In the 1920’s Lord Rothschild asked a local farmer to release four acres of land for the Allotment Site. The rent was 5s.0d (25p) a year, with the only provision being that a root of Rhubarb should be planted on each allotment plot; many of these plants still exist today.
Today there are 96 allotments. The size of each plot is approximately 10 poles (50m). The Council maintenance includes hedge cutting, grass path mowing and water trough upkeep.
A group of enthusiasts runs an Allotment Association (originally called Tring Allotment & Gardeners’ Protection Association).
The Association offers help and support, discounted seeds and other benefits. It promotes the benefits of Allotment gardening: physical exercise and the mental wellbeing gained from the social atmosphere at the site. The Allotments reduce food miles by growing your own food, its plants help remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
The Millennium Wood
Millennium Wood was formed in 2000 on 7.2 hectares (18 acres) of old allotment land.
It was an initiative to benefit the town and to support the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (Rennie Grove Home Care). Local residents donated and planted over 1,000 saplings.
Species planted were trees such as Whitebeam, Oak, Ash, Yew, Goat Willow, Wild Cherry, Apple, Hawthorn, Buckthorn and Hazel and shrubs including Spindle, Guelder Rose, and Dogwood
The Friends of Millennium Wood (F of MW) was formed in 2017 under a management plan by Tring Town Council. It is hoped to maintain the nature conservation interest and increase the biodiversity by:
thinning out the woodland compartments
defining glades and open areas
planting a native species hedge between the Allotments and Millennium Wood.
forming wood and grass piles to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including small mammals.
The Friends are all local people who volunteer their time. Work days are supervised and tools are provided. New members are welcomed and anyone who wishes to join the Friends group please contact the Tring Information Office.
The Wildflower Meadow and Glades
These are managed by Tring Town Council with the support of the Friends of the Millennium Wood.
The main management of a wildflower meadow is by the cutting regime. It is cut in the spring, to control any shrub growth, then left to flower through the summer. When the seeds are set and dispersed, a late summer/early autumn cut is made. Raking off and removing the mowings is essential. If left they will prevent the growth of most wildflowers, and rank plants such as nettles, dock and thistles will completely take over.
Open glades with shrub margins are being developed in the Woodland to create a range of habitats. This encourages different wildflowers which in turn attract a range of pollinating insects and small mammals., increasing biodiversity.
Some flowers have returned naturally, such as various orchids. Others are flourishing after introduction by Tring in Transition of native chalk flowers from sustainable sources, such as primrose, knapweed, square stemmed St John’s Wort, cowslips, birds foot trefoil.
Looking to the Future
We are delighted to have the support of Tring Lions to add a Sensory Garden to the Community Garden space at the Duckmore. Watch out for news of that during 2022. We've made our own recommendations to the Dacorum Local Plan regarding provision for appropriate and well planned green spaces and wildlife corridors around Tring. We've also made tentative enquires about improving the bio-diversity and access to land to the east of Tring. Watch this space. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and/or to get involved.