The group was formed in 2005 with the support of the Parks Trust in Milton Keynes to encourage use and upkeep of the riverside parks and wildlife areas around Stony Stratford. Our first action was to plant ten black poplar trees and to establish a wildflower meadow on the Mill Field alongside the River Ouse. Since then we have held a Riverside fair every year during Stony Live. The fair is aimed at families with young children and offers a range of free rides, Punch and Judy, art activities and music.
About 600, mainly local people, attend each year. In 2007 we applied for and received a WREN grant to establish a children’s play area on the Mill Field. This has been a great success and we are beginning to see families with young children visiting this area more often to play, picnic and enjoy the open spaces.
In 2008 we began, with support from the Parks Trust, to work towards re-establishing Stony Stratford Nature Reserve as a major local wildlife area. Working parties have cleared islands of scrub to enable visiting wildfowl to nest, renovated and painted bird hides, cleared the ponds of invasive vegetation and restored a sand martin nest bank which has this year seen the kingfishers nest successfully. In addition we have built a dipping platform with money donated by Stony Stratford and Walkerton Rotary Club on a lake in the nature reserve which is a locally well known for the wide variety of dragonflies and damselflies that can be seen there. We also organise wildlife walks for local residents.
For more information about joining the group please contact Babs Dore on 01908 561223. Or check our Facebook page here.