BalsamOur war on Himalayan Balsam

We need your help!! The Friends of Longrun Meadow volunteers have started to pull up Himalayan Balsam from the meadow. Its an invasive species classed as a weed that spreads rapidly and stops the growth of other fauna.
The volunteers are meeting every Thursday (for next 2 months) at 6pm by the willow cathedral for an hour and would welcome some help if you are free and willing to help out. It is easy to pull up from its roots
Just bring some gloves and a long sleeve top.

hedge layingHedge Laying

Helen Lawy and her team of helpers have been busy on Thursday mornings 10am – 12.00pm hedge laying on the meadow.  The volunteers do a range of jobs which include maintenance on the willow cathedral, putting up bird box’s planting trees, developing the wildflower meadow.  So if you are interested in helping just turn up at the willow cathedral at 10.00am

Willow Cathedral repaired

IMG_20141025_110719653Stefan Jennings has repaired the Willow Cathedral and barn seating that was recently damaged by fire and vandalism







Barn Owl Box Inspection

Chris SperringChris Sperring from the “Owl and Hawk Trust” came to inspect our barn owl box recently but unfortunately it has not been used this year.  However the good news is that its been a better year for barn owls so we hope to have some guests next year.





volunteering 1Longrun Meadow Conservation

The Friends of Longrun Meadow now have greater control over the management of the meadow as TDBC have given us a three year agreement.  We are looking after the fields, hedges, ditches and tree planted areas.  We have placed the two middle fields in a five year environmental scheme which will give us some funds to develop areas of wild flowers, manage the hedges to encourage biodiversity and enhance the two ponds.  As part of this agreement we need to take a hay cut in July so we have advertised the land with Mole Valley Farmers to find a farmer to work with us.

The conservation group, who meet on a Thursday morning 10am, have recently put up bird boxes and we are pleased to report that one box now has a resident blue tit family. We have helped to maintain the willow cathedral and also planted 200 wild flower plugs in field four.  Do come and join our group.  Contact Helen Lawy by email to find out more  helenlawy@gmail.com

LM Hedge Laying 27 March 2012Hedge-laying on Longrun

The Longrun Meadow Volunteers have started this years hedge-laying every Thursday morning 10.00am -12.00pm.  If you fancy helping out just meet at the willow cathedral and we will provide some training.  Contact Helen Lawy on 07877 519096 for more details


Family Fun-day

Over 1000 people attended the Family fun-day on Sunday 8th September enjoying the wide range of activities on offer.  To see more pictures Click Here




Memorial Tree Planted

An Oak tree was planted at the Family Funday on September 8th to commemorate the life of the late David Holmes. David was a local resident who was responsible for the mapping of Longrun Meadow for orienteering.  He was a member of the Quantock Orienteers.  His wife Jan is pictured with daughter Ruth and Roger Craddock representing the “Friends of Longrun Meadow” and the orienteering club.

parkrun at Longrun

Longrun Meadow launched its weekly free parkrun on Saturday 5th October.  parkrun is a National series of 5Km runs that are FREE to run in and will take place every Saturday morning at 9.00am.  The runs are designed to be social and low key and are designed for both serious runners and those using the runs to improve their personal best.  For more information go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/longrunmeadow/

The Course will be just under 2 laps of the Meadow, starting and finishing near the Oak Barn.  Before you can take part in any parkruns you will need to register at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

The events are run by volunteers so anybody interested in helping out on a casual basis with marshalling, timing, place recording then please email longrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.com


Longrun Meadow Duathlon winners 2013 pictured with Jeremy Brown




The Environmental Agency have been busy clearing the river back along Longrun Meadow, removing dead trees and those that were blocking the River.

The Longrun Volunteer have been clearing the pond area and making log piles for invertebrates and small mammals

Taunton Deane / Project Taunton are still having discussions with the Environmental Agency regarding installing the 3rd bridge which will connect Longrun to the Silk Mills pond and “Park and Ride”.  Issues regarding erosion have been resolved, so hopefully the bridge will be installed in the Spring

The “Friends” have been working with Run England as part of their 321 initiative. A 2km and 1km route have now been installed with markers to show the way.  A 3km route is planned when the 3rd bridge has been installed.


The”Friends” are please to announce that they have been successful in securing a Barn Owl nesting box to be put up in the meadow as part of the Somerset Wildlife initiative.  Click here to find out more about the initiative.  The box has now been installed and is waiting for some new lodgers!!

Somerset College NCS students Build new pond on Longrun