The Town Meadow Group - Town Meadow
The Town Meadow Group (TMG) are a group of volunteers working to enhance the meadow in the centre of Gillingham.
The purpose of the Meadow is to provide an area in the centre of Gillingham for community use. Whilst improving the overall appearance of the Meadow through introducing plants, shrubs, trees and wild flowers is a high priority, the use of the land to bring much needed trade and activities to the town is also an important part of the project.
TMG has its own website pages on the following site www.threeriversgillingham.org/meadow
‘The Meadow’ was identified as a good central point to smarten up and inject some life into Gillingham. The first task was to approach Blandford-based family brewer, Hall & Woodhouse, who own the land and discuss using it to benefit the community. Initial contact was encouraging and following subsequent meetings Hall & Woodhouse were most generous in giving a 25 year lease with a rent of £1 per annum as well as awarding £1500 from their Community Chest to start off our fundraising.
‘We are delighted to have given the Town, the meadow behind our public house, the Red Lion, which will enhance the open space available in the town centre. I’m sure this will be greatly appreciated by the local residents’, commented Hall & Woodhouse Chairman, Mark Woodhouse.
TMG secured further funds and run fundraising events throughout the year as necessary.
The overall vision for the town meadow is to make the meadow:
- A focal point for the town
- Open up a view of the river from the meadow
- Create a park-like aspect with benches and grass areas as a versatile space to hold community events like fairs, markets, fetes, musical performances. Community events will be managed by the TMG Committee.
- To introduce signage for the town, High Street and interlinked countryside walks and cycle ways. This will include an interpretation board to highlight attributes of the site, such as local flora & fauna, river corridors etc, as a possible start point for a historical town trail.
The overall vision will be delivered in planned stages or phases.
Phase 1:- To put in a hard surface path and ramp from Waitrose bridge, across the Meadow which links to the High Street. This work is complete. Open up the view to the river. This work is complete. Plant appropriate trees, plants, hedges and shrubs. This work is ongoing.
Phase 2:- To strengthen the ground to ensure that it can withstand heavy usage such as the fair or festivals without damaging the land. This work is complete at the level currently agreed.
Gillingham Town Council has agreed to assist in grass cutting and watering. TMG will also work with other local organisations with plans to regenerate Gillingham High Street, namely Three Rivers Community Partnership, Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, local businesses and organisations.
Hire The Meadow
The Meadow is available for hire for events. For all event and booking enquiries please contact:
The Town Meadow Group (TMG)