Memorial Bench Project

Thank you to everyone who supported us via the Community Matters Donation Programme at Waitrose. Your support earned a total of £413 during the month of December and today we received our cheque from the Stratford store.


The donation will support the Memorial Bench Project which together with donations from 11 friends and supporters has allowed us to reach our target.


In March two new hard wood benches will be installed replacing the rather dilapidated existing benches.


The Town Trust are due to landscape the area and position the two picnic tables at either side. They have also agreed to install concrete slabs in front of the two benches to avoid future erosion.


We hope the new benches and tables benefit everyone who uses the location. We thank our donors, Waitrose and the Town Trust for making the project possible.

Stratford Hospital Appeal

Members will recall the two donations we gave to the towns hospital appeal in 2016 we are therefore delighted to report that Friends of Rowley Fields now features on the fundraising wall at the new building. Thank you to everyone who donated time, money and of course some memorable cakes!



Moth Evening

On Saturday 12th August members and non-members took part in the night time Moth trapping evening in the fields. We are particularly grateful to David Brown (and team)- County Moth Recorder and national expert on British moths for the evening.

Thirty one species were recorded:

Gold Spot

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Copper Underwing

September Thorn

Setaceous Hebrew Character

Flame Shoulder

Straw Dot

Shaded Broad-bar

Square-spor Rustic

Large Yellow Underwing

The Rustic

Orange Swift


Green Carpet


Ruby Tiger

Common Rustic

Yellow-barred Brindle

Swallow Prominent


Straw Underwing

Dusky Thorn

Light Emerald

Willow Beauty

Dingy Footman

Red Twin-spot Carpet

White-spotted Pug

Common Carpet

Grey Dagger

Rosy Rustic



Volunteer for wildlife

Please see the attached poster – a great opportunity to support the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and help manage our local nature reserve.

Volunteer for Wildlife Welcombe Hills poster


Three species of bats!

Twenty friends took part in an evening Bat Walk hosted from Warwickshire Bat Group on a warm but slightly windy Friday evening. Following an excellent introduction by Lois, the group were treated to their first sighting. As the sky was darkening a single Noctule Bat was seen flying along the perimeter of the field alongside Maidenhead Road. The Noctule is one of the largest species of Bat found in Britain.

Armed with Bat detectors the group set off around the fields and detected both the common and soprano pipistrelle bats at various locations. Friends of Rowley Fields have passed on the evening donations to the Warwickshire to help them with their conservation work across the county. Thank you to Lois and everyone who attended.



Stratford Hospital Appeal Donation

FoRF are delighted to announce that the final figure donated to the Stratford Hospital Cancer & Eye Unit Appeal from the Friends of Rowley Fields following the Queen’s Birthday Picnic Event has increased to £500. Thank you to everyone who supported the appeal.



Stratford Town Trust Members Surgery

At the end of the 2015 AGM I was invited to speak about the formation of the Friends of Rowley Fields in doing so I urged the Trustees to engage and consult more widely with the membership in order to help build Trust. Finally it seems the Trust have listened and is holding a ‘Members Surgery’ on Friday 3rd June between 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm at The Arts House. Can I urge Trust members to attend and meet with the Trustees and Chief Executive. Communicating our views is really important, (as members we have at times felt we were being overlooked). The Trustees have an important role, they need our support and this is a opportunity for members to have their say in perhaps easier surroundings than the AGM. See the link for information – may I suggest use it or loose it!

Tim Bailey


Free Wild Flower Seeds

Late in 2015 Friends of Rowley Fields applied for a supply of free wild seeds from ‘Grow Wild’ a Lottery funded scheme managed by the Royal Botantical Gardens Kew. Originally, the thought was that we could sow them in parts of Rowley Fields and thereby enhance the views further. However, that will not be possible during 2016 and we therefore have around 30 packets of seeds which we would like to offer members, they can be sown in pots, tubs or beds. If you would like a packet please respond by the FoRF email link and we will arrange collection etc.

More information about the scheme can be found at:

Seeds in our mix

Grow Wild seed packets contain a colourful mix of UK native-origin wild flower seeds, which have been researched and sourced by experts at the UK Native Seed Hub in partnership with UK based seed suppliers. 

Grow Wild shares seed packets with groups and individuals through seasonal promotions and over 100 partner organisations across the UK. Over a million people have already got involved to transform unloved spaces into colourful wild flower havens.

Safety notice

Sensible garden precautions should be followed when growing wild flowers, so refrain from eating any plant not known to be edible, wash hands after working in the garden and before eating or touching lips and eyes, and see that pets and children who cannot be entirely trusted not to consume vegetation are supervised.

Grow Wild seed mixes contain a selection from the following list of UK native wild flowers:

Grow Wild seeds are not to be used in or near nature conservation areas.