Farnhill Parish Council
The Parish Council owns The Arbour and in recent years has been trying to improve its appearance for the benefit of residents. The Parish Council is in the process of turning the Lower Arbour into a space residents can enjoy rather than the overgrown place it is at present.
Experts opinions have been sought, see below, and there has been much discussion at Parish Council Meetings and the Annual Parish Meeting. The centre part, covered in heather, and lower part, maintained grass, are pleasant. However, the sides are overgrown and uncared for. It is intended to plant the left hand side, looking from the bottom, with shrubs, etc and clearing out all the rampant undergrowth under the trees on the right hand side. Clearing work has started. See plan of proposed work . If you have any comments or would like to help, please email the Parish Clerk
Work on improving the Lower Arbour started on schedule in March 2015. This saw about 50 Guelder Rose, 50 Dog Rose, 75 Hazel and 12 Sloe being planted. There are 18 trees awaiting planting. See the slideshow below to give an idea of the work involved. The plants don’t show up well as they are naturally quite small at present.
Botanical Survey by Dr P M Canaway – 19th September, 2008
Tree Inventory by Dr P. M. Canaway – 9th October, 2008
General Overview by Andrew Shaw – 13th November, 2014
Public Statement by Andrew Shaw – 13th November, 2014
Late 2015 saw the Parish Council undertaking extensive work on the Lower Arbour. A new “User Friendly” path has been installed, replacing the uneven steps. It is intended to make the steps higher up easier to walk down and install a seat at the top of the Lower Arbour to appreciate the magnificent views. The seat has been funded by Keith Bunnett, an ex-Farnhill resident.
Farnhill Parish Council is very grateful to Craven District Council for their grant of £760 towards the cost of the work.