Drainage Work

Work has started on improvements to the Racecourse drainage as shown on the attached map.
 
This should help to extend the useful playing period for both Cricket and Football.
 
Please take care in this area and keep dogs and children well away from working machinery. There is also a small possibility that the paths may be temporarily inolved so please obey any warning signs put up by the contractor.
 
Access for the machinery involved will be via the Cricket Club car park so please do not obstruct the entrances at each end especially where shown as a red circle on the map.
 

New Tractor – Press Release from PCC on 12 July 2022

New wildflower meadows to be created in and around Haverfordwest

New areas of wildflower meadow are to be created and enhanced in and around Haverfordwest, thanks to the purchase of a new shared community tractor and mower.

The upper and lower Racecourse will be making the most use of the tractor for meadow management in the years to come, but it is also available for use at the Priory Saltings and Bridge Meadow.

Aethne Cooke, from the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership (PNP) said: “Wildflower meadows are some of our rarest and most species-rich habitats. They are beautiful, pollinators love them, and they need less mowing that conventional lawns.

“This tractor will allow these areas to be mown and importantly for the grass cuttings to be removed, reducing nutrients which allows the wildflowers to better compete with the grasses.”

The tractor and mower were purchased via the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership with Welsh Government Local Places for Nature grant funding.

 

Pictured are representatives from the PNP, Haverfordwest Town Council, Haverfordwest Racecourse Public Park Trust, Portfield Recreation Committee, the Bridge Meadow Trust and Pembrokeshire County Council, all of whom contributed towards procuring the new vehicles (sic), which were purchased from J E Lawrence & Son.

New Tractor

We are delighted to announce the arrival of the new tractor to replace its predecessor which provided a sterling service cutting the grass for over 30 years.

The tractor comes with a new attachement, a flail mower and collector, which will be especially useful for creating and enhancing the newly planted areas of wildflower meadow.

The handover involved members of the Town Council, Councillor Alan Buckfield (the Mayor of Haverfordwest), members of the Racecourse Trust and the Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership. 

Aethne Cooke from the Local Places for Nature Partnership provided the following statement to summarise the whole background to this valuable addition to our resources:

Local Places for Nature, wildflower meadow and tractor/mower

Each year, local nature partnerships across Wales receive Welsh Government Local Places for Nature grant funding. This funding is to be used for the specific purpose of creating and enhancing nature where people live and work, and where people access public services.

The Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership is delighted that it has been able to direct some of its Welsh Government Local Places for Nature grant towards purchase of this tractor and mower.

The Pembrokeshire Nature Partnership would like to thank the Haverfordwest Town Council, Haverfordwest Racecourse Public Park Trust, Portfield Recreation Committee and the Bridge Meadow Trust for working with us to make best use of this shared community tractor and mower.

The tractor and mower are to be used to create and enhance areas of wildflower meadow at the Upper & Lower Racecourse sites, and also to be made available for use at Priory Saltings and Bridge Meadow.

These green spaces are particularly important in a town setting such as Haverfordwest. We have in the last few years increased our understanding of the value of simply getting outside into nature for our physical and mental wellbeing. Creating areas of wildflower meadow in these areas will enhance this experience.

Wildflower meadows are some of our rarest and most species rich habitats. They are beautiful, pollinators love them, and they need less mowing that conventional lawns.

This tractor will allow these areas to be mown and importantly for the grass cuttings to be removed, reducing nutrients which allows the wildflowers to better compete with the grasses.

We have lost a staggering 97% of our meadows since the 1930s. These areas of meadow at both Racecourse sites, and the recently established meadow at Priory Saltings, will make an important contribution to the restoration of meadows in Pembrokeshire.

Finally, thank you to Peter Howe of PCC regeneration whose idea this was, to Gerald Rowlands of PCC Fleet Management for his invaluable help with procurement and to J E Lawrence & Son for supplying us with the tractor and mower.

 

Racecourse Maintenance 2019

We are very grateful to Sean, our friendly builder from Ruther Park for filling in the gap in the path from the road to the Racecourse at the beginning of the year.  As well as presenting a dangerous trip hazard, the gap also acted as a barrier to our older users trying to use a motorised wheelcair and wheeled walking frame.

Our thanks also to David (Dai) James for keeping the grass cut so well throughout the year.

Following the inital clearance by volunteers of the newly named “Memory Walk” in August it was decided to employ Dai to keep the pathways clear with a regular trim.

Before a trim
After a trim

 

Early December saw the start of the major clearance of the brambles and shrubs which had, sadly, been allowed to encroach into the width of the outer ‘Horseshoe”.  It is hoped that the regular grass trimming by Dai will enable us to keep on top of this growth next year to prevent a recurrence of the intrusion.

 

 

The final clearance for this year of the ditches at the Dale Road end of the Racecourse from the Cricket Club to the Park Corner Road side.

Volunteers make a good start on path clearance

On Sunday 4th August a group of hard working volunteers acheived an excellent start to the racecourse path clearing.

In 2 hours we generated 4 trailer loads to go to the tip and the ‘nature’ path on the South side is now much more passable. There is still work to do though (brambles don’t give up that easily) so we may be calling for more volunteers soon.

Our special thanks to the volunteers for their time and effort:

Geoff & Janet Jenkins

David & Rosalind Palk

Peter & Pat Lewis

Mike Codd

Roy Thomas

Roy Whitfield

Mike & Rosalyn Wort