Community Wildlife Garden News

Our wildlife garden is open!

Please come and have a look at the spring flowers. There are daffodils, grape hyacinths, snake heads , wild primroses and hellebores.

Our log pile makes a good home for the creepy crawlies!

Thank you to the volunteers that have prepared the bed for the flower seed. With some of the grant money received we have bought “Wildlife seed mixture rainbow garden and summer sunshine”. These will be sown shortly and the pack says we will have flowers all summer long, so fingers crossed.

From April we will be sowing seeds in pots, and then once they have germinated, the pots can be taken from the garden and looked after. Once the roots are showing through the bottom, please bring back to the community garden and either plant in the bed, or leave them ready for volunteers to plant. So far we have the following seeds, ready to sow.

  1. Love in the mist
  2. Flanders Poppy
  3. Corn Marigold
  4. Borage
  5. Snap dragon
  6. Calendula
  7. Cosmos

What are your thoughts on the community garden and do you have any ideas for the next few months? Visit the Community Garden Page and fill in the feedback form!

To get involved please email Carroll via

Channels Residents Meeting

Please see correspondence from Channels Management Company CIC (the organisation that looks after all of the site-wide communal land) that is important for all Channels residents:

Dear Residents

As you will be aware from the residents letter circulated in November 2020, Ptarmigan Land has assumed responsibility for management of the site wide areas of the Channels Development on behalf of the landowners.

We understand that many residents need to understand more about the history and background of the Channels Development and how the Site Wide management is to be dealt with in the future both in terms of the day to day up keep as well as how it is paid for.

In order to explain all of this and invite feedback we are proposing to host a live Zoom Webinar on Thursday 28th January at 16:00pm. The webinar will be hosted by Ptarmigan Land who will set out a brief presentation before conducting a Questions and Answers session to respond to any queries residents have.

In the early days of next week we will be in contact again with more detail on the format and content of the event to help inform the questions that residents may wish to raise. If anyone would like to send any questions prior to issue of the more detailed agenda please do so at before 10am on Monday 25th January 2021.

We look forward to meeting you all soon.

Best regards
Olly Buck Dip.TP MRTPI

Community Gardens Update

The Community Group has completed the initial stages of setting up a Community Garden. Carroll Crumpen (who lives on the Bellway part of the development) is leading the project and a location was identified in the summer of 2020 which has become home to the project.

This Community Garden is for the use of the whole Channels community and we have been awarded £400 from the Community Initiative Fund which can be used to purchase plants, wild flower seeds and tools. It is a community garden, so it should be for the community to decide how it is developed.

Take a look at the full update and please do get involved by submitting your ideas or by volunteering to assist taking the project forward.

Happy New Year! 🙂

Community Group Update

Your community group is growing and we need more committee members to achieve the plans we have in mind. If you have extra time on your hands at the moment, why not use some of it by being part of our committee.

We have a number of community activities and events that we are trying to organise including the community garden, bird feeders and lots of other ideas we would like to share.

We have the roles of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer open at the moment so please come forward if you would like to volunteer for those roles, or if you have less time and would just like to help out. Any time you can offer would be appreciated.

Please contact Carroll via or post a comment on the Channels Community Facebook Group.

Chelmsford Garden Community

Chelmsford Garden Community is part of the City Council Local Plan and will create a community of around 10,000 new homes including new employment opportunities in north-east Chelmsford.

Channels is actually part of the wider Chelmsford Garden Community which contains three key areas including Beaulieu and the new North East Chelmsford Garden Village.

You can find out more information on the City Council website and there is also a website specifically for the new Chelmsford Garden Village which is slowly having more information added to it.

Chelmsford City Council Website

Chelmsford Garden Village Website

There is additionally a first edition of a new Chelmsford Garden Community Newsletter. It has been produced for members of the community to find out the latest information about the overall development.

Community Benches (Fountain Lake)

There are two new benches situated in a secluded position over-looking the fountain lake on the Eagle Rise/Aqua Verde part of the development for everyone to use and enjoy.

In late Spring we became aware of some available grant funding (Essex County Council Locality Fund) and following a discussion with County Councillor John Aldridge, he very kindly recommended that an award should be made for the provision of two benches.

A formal application was made at the end of July and within a week the CRCG had funds with which to order two benches for use by the community. When we asked for feedback about ideas for use of grant funding, a number of responses asked for benches over-looking the lake hence the proposal put to Councillor John Aldridge.

The CRCG would also like to thank directors of the Eagle Rise/Aqua Verde Residents Management Company (CCMC Ltd) for allowing the benches to be sited on their land.

The benches are durable, weather resistant, vandal proof and low maintenance. They are environmentally friendly being made from recycled materials and have a rustic look.

Enjoy 🙂

Andrew Wright
Channels Residents Community Group

Community Benches (Site Wide Land)

If you walk around the “Western Mitigation Area” at the western end of the Bellway Eagle Rise phase, you will now find 4 benches installed around the lake. We have been pushing for these to be installed by the landowners for the last year and whilst it has taken longer than we would have liked, the benches are now in place for everyone to enjoy. The location of the Western Mitigation Area and the benches are shown below:

The “Western Mitigation Area” is part of development-wide communal land and as such it not owned by any of the phase specific Residents Management Companies. Whilst planning conditions dictated that the land had to be kept for use of residents it is still private land and if it is mistreated (for example leaving dog waste and/or litter), the land owners could potentially restrict our access to it.

So, have a wander down to the Western Mitigation Area (part of which is a wildlife conversation area) and enjoy the new benches!


Bird Feeders Project

As you may be aware, we are taking forward a Community Garden Project and linked to this was a proposal to install bird feeders and bird boxes across the development to encourage more birds.

A natural bird feeder station, which will eventually be concreted in, has been installed along the southern border of Eagle Rise as an initial test so that we can monitor the way that wildlife reacts to it.

So far the cats don’t seem interested, the squirrel has not found it, and the pigeons cannot access the feeders! The birds have gone mad accessing it mostly during the day, but particularly first thing in the morning.

If the initial test feeding station proves successful longer term, the plan will be to install more bird feeders around the development at suitable locations.

We would also like to introduce an “adopt a bird feeder” system, so if anyone is interested in being involved with this, or if anyone has suggestions for additional locations, please do make contact via the form below. Please do not install anything without checking that the location is appropriate!

Information submitted via the above form will be used only for the purpose of contacting volunteers in relation to the Bird Feeders project.

Carroll Crumpen
Channels Residents Community Group

North East Bypass & Station Update

You can currently view updates from ECC about the release of plans for the Chelmsford North East Bypass and Beaulieu Station through a specially created ‘virtual village hall’ event following the award of £218million of Government funding for the schemes.

To find out more information about the schemes please visit the Chelmsford North East Bypass website and visit the exhibition as if you were attending in person at the following link:

The virtual exhibition is optimised and therefore best viewed on a desktop/laptop rather than a mobile device.

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