Are your trees protected?

Many questions about trees and hedges are answered on the Council’s website by following this link: South Cambs trees FAQ

To find out if trees are legally protected with Tree Protection Orders (TPO) and Conservation Areas (CA) please use the planning maps on the Council’s website.

Make sure that you select TPOs and Conservation Areas in the map legend. TPOs are blue polygons and CAs are within the pink line. Left click on the map to show details of TPOs and CAs. Open the TPO link in the dialogue box to view the original TPO map.

IMPORTANT – The position of the TPO on the Council’s website maps is indicative only and is not legally binding. The original TPO map takes legal precedence.

South Cambridgeshire District Council,  South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge  CB23 6EA


The Hundred Parishes Society

Our website shows a great many local opportunities throughout the Summer: regular openings, etc on the Attractions pages and individual events and activities in the What’s On section.
We hope you will be especially tempted by events being organized by the Society, primarily for the benefit of members and specifically to offer opportunities for members to meet up. It will greatly help leaders and speakers to know how many people will be coming, so please contact me as soon as possible to advise if you plan to attend any of the following.
As we travel around, it is easy to take for granted the wonderful area in which we live and the things that make it special. Every so often, I visit relations in London, near where I used to live. The traffic and sheer density of urban life remind me how fortunate I was, many years ago, to move to our special area. Researching and photographing for our forthcoming guidebook make it seem even more special.
The remainder of this message is an extract from the Society’s article for June parish magazines, written by Tricia Moxey and a reminder of one of those aspects of life that we might take for granted.
We hope you will enjoy the vegetation along roadside verges that adds much to the overall vision of the countryside. The species present will vary throughout the seasons and reflect the underlying geology and cutting regime of a particular stretch of verge. For road safety reasons, some verges are close-mown but these may be speckled with the flower heads of Common Daisy, Dandelion and other species which thrive under such treatment. On busier roads, often only the first metre is cut on a regular basis, allowing taller wild flowers to survive further back.
During early summer our verges are dominated by swathes of the white frothy flowers of Cow Parsley or the chunkier white flowers of Hogweed. Both are members of the Carrot family and, perhaps surprisingly, thrive on the extra nutrients released by car exhausts. Although many species of insects visit their flowers, their tendency to shade out smaller plants reduces the overall variety of wayside flowers and potential food for other insects. Similarly, increased roadside nutrient levels encourage Docks and Stinging Nettles which also overshadow delicate species including blue-flowered Speedwells.
Splashes of pink are provided by clumps of Red Campion; and blue or purple by Vetches and several species of Geranium. Thistles and scarlet Poppies appear where bare soil is exposed. The presence of a large expanse of Ox-eye daisy, with its white petals and yellow centre, is usually due to its inclusion in seed mixes sown alongside newer roads.
A number of verges have been identified as Special Roadside Verges or Roadside Nature Reserves. These are recognised for their floristic diversity or for the presence of rare species. The plants in these roadside reserves are surveyed annually by volunteers from the county Wildlife Trusts.
I attach a copy of Essex County Council’s explanatory leaflet on Special Roadside Verges and also a photo of the small sign that denotes such a nature reserve.
I and the other trustees hope to meet up with many other members on one of our forthcoming events.
Ken McDonald
Secretary to The Hundred Parishes Society
Registered Charity number 1157891 and company limited by guarantee number 8124462.
2 Greenfields, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8AH
01279 813226
One essential for walking is an Ordnance Survey map, ideally the orange Explorer map which has a scale of 1 to 25,000 and shows many detailed features including footpaths and field boundaries. They can be purchased from good stationers or online from
Investment in a good pair of walking boots, probably for less than £100, will be paid back over many years and hundreds of miles, especially if you look after them.
If you don’t like walking about in socks, please pack a pair of slip-on boot covers – or plastic bags – to wear as overshoes in churches or pubs. 
Our area has an extensive network of generally well-maintained public rights of way – footpaths for walkers and bridleways that may also be used by horse riders and cyclists. Do try out new routes, planning before you set off. Bear in mind that a path that runs beside a field edge is less likely to get muddy than one that crosses a field.
Plan your route so that the sun follows you. This is good practice at any time of the year, but especially so in winter with the low sun. For a lengthy, circular walk, try to start near the southeast corner and head clockwise. The sun will follow you, keeping the glare from your eyes and giving you the best views. Most of the walks on the Hundred Parishes website follow this principle.
Do check that your intended lunch stop will be open – phone numbers appear in the parish introductions on
Almost every walk will pass a church. I encourage you to take a look inside, leaving muddy boots outside, of course. Some are kept locked, but around two-thirds are usually open during the day. The Hundred Parishes has an exceptional collection of ancient churches. Most are listed buildings, with no less than 58 listed at Grade I. Each church is individual and most are rewarding places to visit, not just in a spiritual sense but also for their diverse architecture, decoration and memorials.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has grants of £10,000-£250,000 available to fund urgent structural repairs to listed churches or to fund improvements to facilities. You may like to check if your local church is aware of this funding opportunity. Details can be found at . . .

Ken McDonald,


Can you help your local Scout Group?

The 1st Whittlesford & Duxford Scout Group Committee has

been searching for a Scout Leader for our Arrows Troop for sometime and now we are also short of assistant leaders.

We are only able to run Scout sessions because Committee members and Leaders from other sections, who already give a significant amount of time to the Group, have stepped in to help.
If being a leader does not appeal then we are always looking for new members for the Executive Committee which supports the uniformed leaders by looking after the hut, managing the finances, collecting subs and gift aid and fundraising etc.  The Executive Committee is an opportunity for you as a parent to get involved in your Scout Group and have a say in how it is run.
We are desperately short of volunteers in general.  If you are interested in becoming a Scout leader, assistant leader or section assistant in either Beavers or Cubs, or just want to find out more, please contact Carmel Walker, at or telephone 07939 507805 or 01223 836489.
Any time that you can give would be much appreciated.
1st Whittlesford & Duxford Scout Group Committee


“Your Corner” is for parishioners and local businesses. These can include missing pets, advertising, job opportunities and requests for information.

If you would like us to add your item, please use the ‘contact us’ tab at the top of the page.  If you need to include attachments, please email your request to the Parish Clerk at

IMPORTANT Points to note: 

  1. Please either write a general text that will not go out of date, or set yourself a reminder to request that the post be taken down (use the ‘contact us’ tab).  Successful websites have only current information!
  2. If you want a poster or photo to be displayed on the web-page, it must be in JPEG format;  documents and/or posters for people to download through a link should be in pdf.
  3. Please provide vacancy notices in .pdf format.  These will be added as links to the ‘vacancies’ page – please ensure that your notice includes all essential information and a clear closing date.


Reach Out and Reduce Loneliness

Age UK estimates that a million people go a month without talking to another person.

Research also shows that loneliness is as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, or obesity.

Older people in care homes can be lonely, if they are not having meaningful social interactions. People living with family be lonely, if they want a different kind of social interaction. And people living in bustling cities can still be lonely.

Reach Out and support others in your community – every one of us can make a difference, every day.

  1. Start a conversation with those you meet out and about, show interest and warmth, and if they are an elderly neighbour ask if they need any practical help
  2. Get to know your neighbours – seize the opportunity to introduce yourself when you see them, particularly those who may live alone or rarely leave the house
  3. Share your time – offering from as little as 30 minutes a month, there are ways we can make a real difference through volunteering:
  • Cambridgeshire Library at Home service uses a network of volunteers to take books out to people who are unable to visit a library, and needs more volunteers.
  • Care Network Cambridgeshire would welcome volunteers for their help at home service, supporting people returning from hospital, and as community navigators.
  • Contact the Elderly holds monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for over-75s and needs volunteer drivers and hosts.
  • Friends of the Elderly needs volunteers to help with its day centres, telephone befriending groups and coffee mornings in sheltered housing schemes.
  • Royal Voluntary Service wants volunteers who can help an older person with little tasks, such as doing their shopping and taking their dog for a walk, or delivering meals.
  • The Silver Line needs people to help deliver this new helpline for older people.
  • Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has lots of volunteering opportunities and is currently looking for volunteer visitors for the visiting scheme
  • Do-it volunteer for people and causes that matter to you.

There are five volunteer centres in Cambridgeshire which can answer your questions and help you to find opportunities:

All of these things can make a difference, and research shows that helping others is rewarding by boosting  self-esteem, sense of purpose and contributing to the communities we live in.

As well as helping others, volunteering can also be great if you would like more company yourself. Find out more on how to beat loneliness.


In the links below you will find progress reports and discussion papers from the Brewery Field working group, as presented to the Duxford Parish Council monthly meetings.  

Today, 24th April 2019, work began to create 2 pedestrian and one vehicle (for construction and maintenance only) entrance onto the site.  Apologies for any inconvenience during the works.

THIS LINK will take you to a new page with information about “Friends of Duxford Green Spaces”, a non-affiliated group that has been formed, whose first project will be to raise funds for the landscaping works on Brewery Field.   Click here to find out how to raise FREE donations when you shop on-line with over 3000 major retailers.

Reports will be added below as and when information becomes available.

BF Report April 2019  work will start on entrances this month!

BF Report March 2019

BF Report February 2019 – we have been successful in our funding application to Amey for £50,000!

BF Report January 2019

BF Report December 2018

BF Report November 2018

BF Report October 2018

BF Report September 2018

BF Report August 2018

BF Report July 2018

BF Report June 2018

BF Report May 2018

Decision Notice – approval with conditions April2018

Change of Use approved  BF Report April 2018

BF Terms of Reference DRAFT v2 (discussed at March 2018 DPC)

Above  you can find Sarah’s amended design for Brewery Field. The only change is the removal of the skate park, which will be submitted as a separate planning application when the spec. has been agreed.

Click the play button for a walk through of Brewery field

BF Planning Decision Delayed to 6 April 2018

BF Report March 2018

Link to planning application

BF Report February 2018


Design submitted to S. Cambs Planning

BF Report January 2018

BF report December 2017

BF Report November 2017

BF Report October 2017

BF Report September 2017

Duxford BF Facebook page

Brewery Field Landscape Designer selection procedure

Brewery Field Designer brief

Brewery Field Green Space: working group report to DPC July 2017

Brewery Field Green Space


Hedgehog Street in Duxford

St John’s Street is becoming more populated – with hedgehogs!  We  re-homed many hedgehogs, releasing them after a stay in Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital.

Shepreth have a wish list of much needed items at Amazon – please take a look

If you want to encourage hedgehogs to come to your garden, you need to have – first and foremost – a clear passage into adjacent gardens.  This can be a simple hole cut in the fence, or a gap under a gate – hedgehogs can roam up to 2 miles a night.  Never use slug pellets and keep some ‘wild and messy’ areas, with shrubbery for them to hide in and provide safe access to water.  If you have a pond, make sure there is a sloping edge for them to get out if they fall in.

If you want to leave food out for them, try dried cat food, a few meal worms (not too many, they love them but too many are bad for them), and plain water – NEVER give them milk or bread – both are impossible for them to digest and may harm them.


hedgehog-care leaflet

The following websites will give you lots more information.

Hedgehog Street



Help to quit smoking

Take the health quiz How healthy are YOU?

Camquit Stop Smoking Service is currently making new links with local areas to promote our service and help more people to access the Stop Smoking Service across the whole of Cambridgeshire.



Camquit Stop Smoking Service
Public Health
Scott House
5 George Street, Huntingdon
PE29 3AD

Forest School at the Biggen – please leave our log circle

The log circle is an important part of the routine for the children. It is where we come together to share what we have enjoyed, reflect on what we are good at and take on our Forest School names.

Please share this message so that the local community learn to respect our log circle and the work that we do at the Biggen with preschool children.

We appreciate that this is public space, but please, leave the log circle as you find it. If you move a stump, please put it back.  If you have older children that use the Biggen please share this message with them too.

Message from the Parish Clerk:  This area is an ancient site, protected by Historic England.  It is forbidden to light fires on the Biggen without prior written permission from the Parish Clerk, who would first need to see proof of public liability insurance. 

REG. CHARITY NO. 1165461