Chichester Observer

Friends of Midhurst Common

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Our annual general meeting was held on April 15 by Zoom. There were 20 attendees.

The meeting started with chairman Andrew Mitchell quoting an observatio­n made by Prince Philip when reflecting on how long a meeting should be, ‘what the backside cannot endure, the brain cannot absorb’. The meeting lasted 70 minutes with most members still sitting comfortabl­y!

Members of the committee reported on their activities during the year including:

■ A report from Murray Marr willow growing in the Bog Allotment in Bepton Road.

■ Helen Burden reporting increased use of social media by local people.

■ James Burden on the planning applicatio­ns concerning the proposed excavation of soft sand locally and the proposal to erect 75 new dwellings on the Bepton Road WSCC depot site and old Brickworks site.

■ Murray also reported sightings of bullfinch, marsh tit, treecreepe­r, green woodpecker and nuthatch.

■ This prompted Wendy Pegler to recite a lovely poem about the nuthatch.

■ Jean Hicks reported on the work of The Heath Team in maintain the heathland area of the Common. This ongoing task has been severely curtailed over the last year as a result of Covid-19 restrictio­ns.

For anyone interested in anything to do with Midhurst Common, please email: friendsofm­idhurstcom­

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