Meeting held on 16 January 2020

The last Parish Council Meeting was scheduled for 16 January. Unfortunately the Council was not quorate as Councillors Sanderson and Mitchell were unable to attend. Consequently, a formal meeting could not be held.

Pete Jones, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Reserve Manager for Lowick Common spoke at the meeting about plans for Lowick Common which was recently gifted to the Trust. It is a no funding project and therefore there are no constraints placed by any funders, but there is also no money available and volunteers are encouraged and welcome. Anyone can get in touch with CWT (01539 816300) to express an interest in helping.

Short term projects include controlling the Himalayan balsam and keeping the main path network clear, year round. Access plans include maintaining the path network,interpretation signs, leaflets, and parking capacity.

There will be a five year management plan:

  • Surveys will be carried out on birds,dragonflies (15 species), reptiles, the ponds and sites of archaeological interest.
  • CWT will be assessing high risk ash trees and apply for a felling licence if required.
  • Reduction of bracken is a significant issue and CWT will only be using mechanical means – no chemical controls.
  • Tree planting may be considered and this would help to reduce the bracken. In order to introduce grazing the bracken would have to be managed and CWT would have to work with Commoners.
  • Pond management: the need to consider restoration/rotational clearing, but the wet land sites are important habitats.

The Parish Council appreciates Mr. Jones giving his time to come to the meeting.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, 19 March at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall, all welcome.

Lowick Parish Council is still seeking another member of the public to join the Council following the resignation of John Longmire. If you are interested, please speak to a Councillor or the Clerk. It would be a co-opted position as parish council elections are due to be held in May 2020.