The Parish Wharf is
common land belonging to Cleeve Prior. As part of a community initiative under the auspices of Cleeve Prior Parish Council, the parish has set up a project to maintain the adjacent river
frontage area and the old mill site to the same level as the “village wharf “
The Parish Council
has been given permission by the Birmingham Anglers [BAA], who own the project area, to clean up their land. This work will make the site fully accessible for parishioners, allow us to expose
the historic mill site and clear the adjacent car park.
There are currently three aims for the new and larger wharf area.
1. To make the
river bank a better amenity for the parish.
2. To clear
the dead wood and unsafe trees. To improve the natural environment endeavouring to get fresh water to the pond area, which is currently stagnant.
3. To look at
the historical remains & where possible clear areas to show where the various structures were.
In 1964 the wharf
was as shown on this plan, taken from the lease between Don Archer and the Yardley Wood Social club for the fishing rights on the Avon.
The Image below
shows the above plan laid over the current land configuration.
The plan below shows
the Parish Wharf.
1 Before work
1 Now 2 Before
3 Before work started3 Now
4 Before work started4 Now
5 Before work started5 Now
6 Before work
Wharf video prior to the first work day
We have since had a work day as can be seen below.
Thanks to all those who took part and to those who organised the wonderful barbecue we had in the afternoon.
We had support for this project from
- the Parish
Council who gave a grant of £1000 towards the works
Anglers who are not only giving us access to the land but are paying for tree surgeons to work on all the trees in the area
- Alastair Adams and Worcestershire
County Council, who gave money for an additional bench
- The Wychavon Wildlife Team and the
Environment Agency who are advising on what we must do from an environment perspective, grants, contacts. They will also support a future grant application for improving the
natural environment and possibly a fish refuge off the river, giving us water back in to the pond area.
Last but not least yourselves, the parishioners, many of whom have come down to help. We will be holding some
weekly and weekend sessions in the spring to finally clear the Pond and we look forward to seeing you then. Should you wish to help but not be on the village mailing list please send your email
address to email@example.com
Remember, anyone in the village with a rod licence can fish on the wharf free of charge.
Please, all use & enjoy the Wharf