We are blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world; with the rolling hills that surround the Mill, the trickling fresh water stream that runs through the picnic areas, and an array of wildlife blooming here.
It is our desire and privilege to protect and encourage our local wildlife and their habitats, while minimising our impact on the environment - which is why we put so much love, thought and care into land management, and our day to day practices as a company.
In the The Water Mill's designated land we have created a path through the woodland to reach the picnic area. Either side of the path, we leave the land unmown and untouched, to encourage wild flowers and long grass; allowing a whole new habitat to develop and house different species. We additionally planted wild flower seeds along the bank and left fallen trees to remain on the side of the path.
We are proud that the land we provide has accommodated and encouraged wildlife to thrive. We have now spotted: a family of red kites, a family of stouts, badgers and foxes, the protected water vole, woodpeckers, bats, owls, an array of butterflies, bumblebees and insects, and an increase in the bird population as a whole.
Quick thorn hedges were planted. We hope that this will create new habitats for our local birds and wildlife as they continue to grow!
During national lock down, the Owners decided to create a second picnic area for our guests at The Water Mill.
The Owners carefully created a path through a piece of woodland - unbeknown to them they had unearthed a significant historic find - the old wall that diverted the water from the Havenhill brook directly to the Mill, most likely built 100s of years ago!
The wall provided a lovely aspect for visitors to admire as well as act as a border for the woodland walk! Fallen trees either side were left to encourage development of new habitats, and bark laid on the ground to create a haven for an array of species.