THE BCH ARCHIVE

LOCAL HISTORY FOR

BIRTSMORTON

CASTLEMORTON

HOLLYBUSH

And The Surrounding District

Hollybeds Farm Page 3

The house was sold for £90,000 to John Side in 1991, who also bought the field opposite for £15,000.


Richard and Penne Nugent bought the farmhouse in 1996 and later bought Field 214.


On Arthur's death in 1997, the farm land passed to their three daughters: Eileen J, Margaret and Linda. His brother, Harold J Colston, had died in 1965 on a bicycle accident at the bottom of Hollybed Street.


Eileen kept the piece now owned by Tim Nelson. She is now Eileen Carlton Brown (area in blue below). This includes the field behind Hollybed Farm and the field next to it towards Gloucester Road.


Margaret and Linda shared the remainder of the fields. In 2013, a planning application for converting the barn on their land into a dwelling was submitted and withdrawn (area in green below)


In 2012, the Esme Fairbairn Foundation purchased Hollybed Farm Meadows (historic wild flower meadows and orchards) in auction and gave Worcestershire Wildlife Trust 18 months to raise the money to buy them from the Foundation.



In 2013, a plant survey was undertaken at Hollybed Farm:


http://malverngroup.btck.co.uk/Wildlifewatching


In 2014, the meadows were purchased by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust for £382,000 from the Foundation and became the first Coronation Meadow in the country.


November 2014, Worcestershire Record: Worcestershire Bryophyte Group and the Border Bryologists held a joint bryophyte recording day on Sunday 16th March 2014 at Hollybed Farm, Malvern:


http://www.wbrc.org.uk/WORCRECD/37/Hill_Ann--0Bryophytes_of_Hollybed_Farm_Malvern.html


Article by Helen Reeves, 2015

Following a successful public appeal in 2013 and with help from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust members, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Severn Waste Environmental Fund,


WWT bought the 16 hectares Hollybed Farm Meadows with the vision of restoring these fields to their former glory.


(42 acres for £480,000)


One field, Far Starling Meadow, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of its traditional hay meadow plants that include crested dog's-tail, common knapweed, meadow vetchling, sweet vernal grass, yellow rattle, goldilocks buttercup, burnet saxifrage and wild onion. The orchard and Roundhill Bank are also quite rich with knapweed, yellow rattle, ladies bedstraw, primrose, meadow vetchling and pepper saxifrage.

The circular trail is 1.7km (about an hour) and takes in most of the habitats found here. Most paths run through grassland but the permissive path has some steep sections that can be slippery in winter. There are several gates.


Cattle and sheep both graze the site during parts of the year and we're hoping that skylarks and other ground-nesting birds return to breed here. Dogs are welcome but please keep them on leads and leave gates as you find them.


Footnote:-

Gloucester Municipal Charities are organisation created to manage several small charities in the Gloucester area: St Bartholomew Hospital, St Mary Magdalene Hospital, Kimbrose Hospital and General Charities Its records are held in Gloucester Record Office.