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Another glorious afternoon

Another glorious afternoon in the sunshine, doing something useful, in the fresh air, in good company and a chance to workout and put all those daily stresses behind for an few hours. So satisfying and rewarding to make a difference. A difference appreciated by the walkers that come to our woods to enjoy their uniqueness. With a few more hands we could have completed a more thorough job but the view from the bench has now been opened up again.

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Next Sunday Afternoon Event

On Sunday 15th October at 13:30 is our next regular Afternoon Event. We will carry on to complete the work started in opening up the top edage at the ‘Bald Patch’. Meet at the top carpark off the Feltham Road. Space is limited so do please car-share where possible. If you need a seat or have a spare seat do let us know.

There is a ten minute walk on the level to the Bald Spot then a steep descent, slippery if wet,  into the area. We will carry on coppicing the new growth at the top of this area, part of our four year cycle of pruning. Wear stout footwear, bring raingear, gloves and any lopers, bowsaws, handsaws and a slasher or billhook as you wish but we do provide a few tools. Extra lopers could be most useful. We also provide hot drinks and there may well be some cookies on offer! It helps greatly if do you let us know beforehand that you plan to come.

Glorious day and great start.

A small but elite team made great progress on the last Thursday Event. Despite a dreadful night of wind and rain it turned out that we were working in glorious sunshine with clear skies and view to die for looking down to Blagon Hill, across to the Quantocks and then beyond. To enjoy all these sights all we had to do was spend the day snipping at new growth and then  drag it off to stash under the tree canopies. Admittedly working on the steep slope of the Bald Spot proved challenging from time to time. Rewarded with generous slices of carrot cake and other refreshments big inroads were made in opening up the top edge of the Bald Spot for all to enjoy.

What Can be Done

The Special Event last Wednesday when we worked alongside the Neroche Conservation Volunteers was so successful. It was such a clear example of what a few extra willing hands can achieve during the course of a few hours. For those of you that have sneaked a look, or have been following these posts, the long slope (beyond the easy grade and after the challenging turn already completed) has been done, all in a day. Between us this year we have formed around sixty steps and must now be over half-way to reaching top. Well done to all of you who did turn out and did your part. A magnificent achievement.

Not only did we complete all the steps along the long slope but we also finished off cutting back the vegetation that was over-shadowing and creating a very wet boggy patch along part of the bottom track together with a corner up on the diagonal path.

This Special Event Wednesday brings to an end our step building for this year as we switch back to our winter ground maintenance works.

Next Thursday All-Day Event Update

On Thursday 5th October at 9:30 is our next regular All-Day Event. We begin our winter maintenance on this Event, starting with the ‘Bald Patch’. Meet at the top carpark off the Feltham Road. Space is limited so do please car-share where possible. If you need a seat or have a spare seat do let me know.

There is a ten minute walk on the level to the Bald Spot then a steep descent, slippery if wet,  into the area. We will be coppicing the new growth at the top of this area, part of our four year cycle of pruning. Wear stout footwear, bring raingear, your packed lunch, gloves and any lopers, bowsaws, handsaws and a slasher or billhook as you wish but we do provide a few tools. We also provide hot drinks and there may well be some cookies on offer! It helps greatly if do you let us know beforehand that you plan to come.