Cheddar Gorge Island Beds
Members of My Cheddar have been working on improving the appearance of the Island Beds at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge. Previously the site of one of the gorge’s historic mills, the island and peninsula beds were maintained by Cheddar Parish Council as private areas of garden with trees and shrubs.
Over the years however, costs of maintenance increased and the beds became increasingly overgrown, such that a clear view of the river, and of the businesses in the lane beside the river, were no longer available. The business owners were concerned that nobody passing along the gorge road would know they were there.
The plan over 2016-17 is to make the area presentable again and potentially open it as an area for public recreation, art installations and other possible uses. Local environment and wildlife professionals have been consulted to make sure impact on bird life, water voles, etc. is minimised.
Work commenced at the end of 2015 with clearing the peninsula bed attached to the Garden of Fragrance, and will continue out-of-season. Some planting will be added to make the beds look presentable for the summer season, and the island bed will require a temporary bridge to be laid across to allow a mini-digger to access the site.
More photos will go up here and on the My Cheddar Facebook Page as work progresses.