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A beautiful new seat for visitors to Shapwick Moor – in memory of much missed Hilary Lapham

The Shapwick volunteers install Hilary Lapham's seat under a shady oak tree
The Shapwick volunteers install Hilary Lapham’s seat under a shady oak tree

The ever-active volunteer group at Shapwick Moor spent a wonderful day erecting another seat at Shapwick Moor recently.  Sadly Hilary Lapham, a long-standing member of the Shapwick volunteer group, passed away in January and her husband, Keith (another long term volunteer) donated the seat as a lasting memory of Hilary.  Hilary actively supported the public events and School Days at Shapwick for many years and the seat will be a lasting legacy of her support for the Hawk & Owl Trust.  The volunteer group placed the seat under a large oak tree on the main track linking both hides and it will be appreciated greatly by visitors on hot, sunny days.

Shapwick Moor becomes a Penal Colony – for a day!

On Tuesday  3rd  June,60 pupils from nearby St Benedict’s School in Glastonbury visited Shapwick Moor as part of their literacy studies.  They have been studying the book ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar in which pupils are made to dig holes to atone for their past poor behaviour.  The accompanying school staff took on the  role as…

Donation of New Visitors’ Seat for Shapwick Moor from North Somerset Group

The North Somerset Group of the Hawk and Owl Trust has financed a new seat for visitors to Shapwick Moor The seat will be in memory of former Chairman Barbara Handley who was actively involved with the group until her sad death last year, and it will be positioned to look out over some of…

Busy times at Shapwick Moor Continue

Following the successful tree planting in March by the Family Group, the ‘oldies’ took on the challenge of completing our half kilometre of new hedging in 2014. The extra hedging will act as a screen between visitors to our major hide and birds visiting the ponds and scrapes excavated in the autumn. The enthusiasm of…

Avalon Marshes Family Group Plant 600 Trees on Shapwick Moor

Members of the Avalon Marshes Youth group gathered recently on a cold and windy morning for 3 hours of intensive hedge planting. After some initial instructions, the children, aged between 4 and 10 yrs old, quickly set about the task of planting over 600 trees along the trackside. They quickly made short work of the…

Shapwick Moor Receives Saplings From Garden Centre

THE Hawk and Owl Trust’s 55 hectare nature reserve, near Glastonbury, has this spring (2014) been presented with 50 young trees thanks to a Somerset Garden Centre. Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre donated the saplings to the Trust for use on it’s Shapwick Moor Nature Reserve near Glastonbury. Philip Holms, Somerset Trustee for the…