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Next Sunday Afternoon Event

This Sunday afternoon 17th December at 13:30 we will hold our last Event of 2017, do come along for the couple of hours if you can. We meet yet again at the carpark off the Feltham Road. Space is tight so do arrange to car share or offer a spare seat. From there it is a 15 minute level walk to the work site where we will work once again in the ‘Bald Spot’, cutting back the woody regrowth. Working on the steep slope can be testing! It would be good to be able to complete the work here, with your help we can.

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We provide a few tools and rumour has it there might be mince pies and even some mulled wine! As usual wear stout footwear, bring your waterproofs, and whatever gloves and tools such as lopers, billhooks, handsaws or bow saws as you are prepared to.

Do let us know if you are coming, it helps with arrangements, particularly if you plan to walk up to the work area. As the Event is weather dependant, make sure we have your Mob.Nos. just incase we have to make any last minute changes.

 

 

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It all Helps

Even though the weather forecast was not encouraging after a drizzling start it turn out to be a fine day with just a chill wind. A small turnout, just the three of us, still made impact helping to keep the ‘Bald Spot’ open and retaining it as one of the few untreated meadows areas we have left in England. Where have all those keen volunteers that first appeared gone? We need your continued support!

late Event Update

This Thursday 7th December we will have our regular all-day Event starting at 9:30 and finishing around 15:15. Contrary to expectations, as we do not need to clear the recreated glades, we will work once again in, or around, the ‘Bald Spot’. Meet at the top car parking area off the Feltham Road, space is limited so car share or offer spare seats if you can.

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we meet up here

 

 

 

 

 

There is a 15 minute level walk from the carparking to the worksite. The task this Event is to carry on cutting back woody growth on the lower margin, opening up the top righthand side of the meadow and if there are sufficient hands releasing some four veteran oaks from being strangled by new growth adjacent to the top path. As always any work in this steeply sloping meadow can be difficult. We provide a few tools, some gloves, hot drinks and biscuits. Do bring along your own tools such as lopers, handsaws, billhooks or bow saws if you are willing to.

Do let us know if you are coming, it helps with arrangements, particularly if you plan to walk up to the work area. As the Event is weather dependant, make sure we have your Mob.Nos just incase we have to make any last minute changes.

 

 

 

Recreating the Glades continues

The good news is that last week the Contractor was in our wood cutting back and recreating a further two glades along the diagonal path, making four glades in total. These glades form such important habitat areas, introducing light and shade and extending the all important woodland edge that is so rich in all life forms.

He has done too good a job and left them tidy so the volunteers do not now need to follow on behind and clear up the arisings.

 

Meadows never looked better

The contractor has been in and not only cut the lower meadows but also has removed the arisings. This is really good news, they are now looking so much better, even better than last year. There is every prospect of a superb spring-flowering. To retain a diversity of habitats, it is not a clean-cut throughout and patches have been left undisturbed. Of course we have all the important woodland edges around the retained copses and the boundaries.