Wellbeing Walk No 5 – we’re off to Bath Hills! Saturday 3 August, 10am-12 noon

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Our August wellbeing walk will be starting at Outney Meadow car park and – if we’re all agreed – we’ll be heading over the common towards the river – where we’ll do a reccy for our Annual Summer Picnic (Sunday 18th) – and then the Hills. We usually take around a couple of hours all in, and afterwards those who are up for it discuss the walk and the world over a cup of tea or something stronger in town.

All welcome. Do bring stout shoes and raingear (oh and swimming things if you’re up for a dip!)

Mapping Bungay

Our wellbeing walks have so far walked around and about the town in different directions. At midsummer we went for an evening walk along the river and on a lovely hot July morning visited some of Bungay’s play areas with the NR35 group (which included a foraging for limeflowers for our Happy Mondays refresher!) This autum and winter we’ll be drawing up a map of all the great places and green spaces we have in common. Do check out some of our other walks here.

Meanwhile here is Tony . . .

Mapping the Playgrounds: some field notes by Tony Dawes

The purpose of this walk was twofold: 1. walk some parts of Bungay not done before 2. make some suggestion for the play areas

Three play areas were visited.

Castle Hills This was a convenient start as it was close to our meeting point. Some management is already taking place there, cutting three strips of the hill at different times of the year.

Pilgrims Way / Garden Close As you enter the play area from Pilgrims Way, there is a triangle of land to the left. It was thought that this would be ideal for a “wild area” with some suitable planting to attract wildlife such as bees and butterflies.

Meadow Road Here, it was felt that the boundaries between the mown area and the trees and bushes, particularly on the west side, might be allowed to blur rather than have a very closely defined edge. Parents could be concerned that their children may get stung by nettles or scratched on brambles. But everyone remembered playing more freely when we were growing up, and we soon got to learn  what scatched and what stung.

We felt that this play area in particular was most suitable for all ages. Our group sat under the lime trees to the north and enjoyed the whole ambiance. The provision of fresh coffee (thanks Lewis) made it all the more agreeable.

Conclusions

In the three play areas visited so far, only one could do with some intervention and that is Pilgrims Way. The others need a less rigid mowing policy in order to blur some of the edges. These areas, while designated Play Areas, might also be enjoyed by all ages and to this end some publicity and community involvement in maintaining them is part of the way forward. As is simply visiting the areas with others as a social thing.

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