Volunteers help assemble a Mini-beast Hotel in the Gunpowder Mills

Chilworth Volunteers joined GBC Countryside wardens to construct the frame for a Mini-beast Hotel.

Based in the Picnic area of the Gunpowder Mills site, which is a family friendly zone, the Bug Hotel is a joint venture with Chilworth C of E infant School Forest School. It is placed immediately next to the Stag Beetle sculpture, a symbol for conservation and protection of nature.

The metal frame is constructed from recycled Flower containers, previously used in Guildford town centre, and will now have a new life as a secure frame for all the natural materials required by insects seeking shelter over the winter months. Quite miraculously, the new framework echoes exactly the Millstones, that have been adopted by Chilworth Village as their unique symbol.

Shown here are Chilworth Volunteers, the Countryside Wardens in the middle of the shot, and a young family in the foreground who came to see what was happening.

The volunteering session finished with a celebratory burger for all the participants, provided and cooked by Chilworth2gether.

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Green Flag hoisted in the Gunpowder Mills

It was a proud day for GBC Countryside Wardens, the Gunpowder Mills Group and Chilworth2gether as the Green Flag, a nationally recognised award, was finally unfurled in Chilworth Gunpowder Mills.

Shown here is Andrew Norris, Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Group, raising the flag at the entrance to the site, with the Countryside Wardens to the left, who were instrumental in submitting the application, saluting the flag. A special thank you goes to Alison Boyce, now working at Merrist Wood, for her motivation and effort to achieve the award before she left GBC.
GBC entered the Chilworth heritage site for the award and fulfilled the many criteria required, including sensitive management, conservation techniques, and community involvement.

Christmas Trees at Chilworth Manor on sale

Chilworth Manor will be selling Christmas trees again this year.

Enjoy the magic experience of choosing your tree, with the bonus of a glass of mulled wine or a hot chocolate if you buy, and the chance for the children to help feed the alpacas.

Please click on the poster below for all details –