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Mission Statement

We wish to care for the remaining part of what used to be a common since the area was settled. People and their animals used to be part of nature; the grass, bramble and nettles were eaten by sheep and goats to make room for more delicate meadow flowers.

When the area had been grazed the animals were moved to another part of the meadow. This encouraged a low growing nectar rich flora, much loved by honey bees. Nettles were used for stew, beer, tea, rope and dye. Brambles were used for wine and dye besides the instant fruit snack that they always provide in early autumn.

Today the reserve is about seven acres as a whole, situated in the middle of a residential area between Sands Lane, Hall Road, Elmhurst Avenue, Chestnut Avenue and Gorleston Road in Oulton Broad, Suffolk.

It is owned mainly by Waveney District Council and supported by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Suffolk Norse. It is being cared for by volunteers, used for education, work experience, for recreation by local residents and their dogs, for bird watching and for community and heritage events.

We look forward to the reserve being maintained and upgraded through the hard work of the volunteers and the wider community.

We wish to co-operate in partnership with Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Waveney District Council and Suffolk Norse. Oulton Broad In Bloom, Waveney Arts Heritage and the Lowestoft International Support Group.

We wish to promote interest and raise funds for the care of the meadow via events of various kinds, ie Halloween, Heritage Days and contact with local schools.

We wish to further the interest of the community in natural, cultural and social history and to promote greater cohesion in the area through the interaction with a site that contains tremendous examples of natural beauty and wildlife.

Bonds Meadow is a very good (however small) example of what the Northern European countryside used to be like. We wish to care for it and enjoy it by celebrating the seasons and the passing of the year together with our family, friends and extended network.

Current Projects in Bonds Meadow

  • Reduce the impact of the planned foul water type that is to be put through the meadow by Persimmon  in 2016/17
  • Open up a public friendly walkway from the top of the community orchard through to its exit point east, near Gorleston Rd
  • Introduce clear and detailed signage directing and informing visitors
  • Erect a public notice board showing map, history, how to volunteer and an over view of fauna and flora
  • Provide bench seating at scenic points
  • Purchase a wood chipper to chip all wood for use on pathways
  • Encourage maximum potential for wild flowers in the meadows by lifting couch grass and re-seeding.
  • To tackle encroachment so as to maintain Bonds Meadow’s long history  as a fully public access area for all
  • Dredge main pond, re-plant and create decking area for educational pond dipping
  • Create a new pond
  • Work with Butterflies of Britain to ensure habitat is butterfly friendly
  • Expand the current volunteer work party
  • Create and outdoor educational area
  • Completely eradicate knot weed and Himalayan Balsam
  • To remove some sycamore and adopt a tree planting programme with habitat friendly species helping mitigate the effects of ash die back
  • To maintain the meadows as meadows by controlling bramble, bush and tree growth
  • Increase profile to the public, WDC, businesses and organisations via social media and personal invitations
  • To produce a twice yearly printed newsletter for distribution
  • To work towards greater protection of the meadow beyond that of a County Wildlife Site.

If you feel you can help in some way with any of the above, please contact us.

The Management Committee aims to create a place of peace, calm and beauty in the middle of a residential area; a few happy and beautiful acres of the northern European countryside to save for future generations.