July 21 – New volunteering opportunity in the Gunpowder Mills – the Balsam Bash

As previously announced, a new group called the “Friends of the Gunpowder Mills” is keeping interest levels in the Gunpowder MillsWorks high.  The group will be promoting the historical value of the site but  also promoting its nature and recreational value too.

Chilworth residents, friends and families are invited to join the volunteer team in the Gunpowder Mills on Sunday 21 July between 9am and 2pm, for the annual “bash” to tackle the invasive Himalayan Balsam, a pretty but invasive plant that is threatening to smother the native plants around our waterways.  Easy to pull out, the plant is in danger of taking over the banks of our streams and rivers, and a concerted effort is being made on the River Tillingbourne to control it.

Please give as much or as little time as you have to join the team, supported by the GBC Countryside wardens.  Councillor Graham Brown of St Martha Parish Council is co-ordinating volunteers – please contact him if you’re joining the team, or would like more information.

Many thanks

Graham Brown
Friends Of The Gunpower Works
St Martha’s Parish Council
07810 318036


Lovely video of the Gunpowder Mills to watch

Paul Wingfield has sent us this short video, which is available to watch as part of the picture gallery. Alternatively, here is the Youtube link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HTdL8E4qZU where you can slect to view it
full screen.

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills picture Gallery

Gunpowder Mills front page – illustrated with photograph of The Swing Bridge
swing bridge p2

aerial photograph of Gunpowder Mills site from the air – copyright Andrew Norris
air photo from north 2009

The Millstones
millstones at incorporating mills buildings 20-22

The Incorporating Mills
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

West Lodge building – used by workers to report for duty and leave any inflammable material

Incorporating Mills building
incorporating mills 1860s buildings 20-22 p2

Expense Magazine building

Incorporating Mills 1885
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

Gunpowder Mills map and historic information to download

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Is a scheduled ancient monument. Enhance your visit to the Gunpowder Mills in their magic woodland set by downloading the following information and guided trail. See also a set of images showing the historic remains, shown under Gunpowder Mills Picture Gallery.

Thanks to Andrew Norris, Chilworth Gunpowder Group for the images, and to Glenys Crocker for permission to download the map.
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 1
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 2