Saturday, 10 February 2018

Almost Spring

Strong winds in January blew down part of a coppiced ash in the hedge, blocking the ride towards the back of the wood. We hope to clear it out of the way soon. We shall pile up the twiggy bits in amongst the trees to make protective habitats for small animals.
Since writing this; Alan Smyth,  with help from a small group of woodlanders has cut up and removed the main part of the tree, which has just left the twiggy bits piled into heaps nearby.

The stormy winds also tore off  some of the rigid tree guards. I don't like to see plastic lying about-- not good for the environment, so I have been collecting them up and  put in my black, non recyclable bin.
Look out for signs of spring as you wander round and thank you to all the people who clean  up after their dogs--- the dog waste bins fill up really quickly!!!!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Plans for the pond


 This  photo of our  pond was taken soon after it had been dug out in 2014. In fact it started to fill up while it was being dug and the men didn't have time to seal the base properly .

This year the pond has had very little water in it since the spring and looks very sad!

 Charles Course from Heathpatch Ltd, suggested that the pond should be made  deeper and perhaps larger and .has offered to use his digger to do the work for us during the winter.
I'm sure that all the pupils from Elmsett School who helped to design our woodland, will be jumping up and down with joy because they knew that a pond  would attract a huge variety of wildlife into our wood.
 Hip Hip hurrah!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Thanks for your help!

The wildflowers along the edge of the rides were cut last week ready for the working party to rake up and put into heaps among the trees.
A small group of 7 retired, over seventies (except one ), managed to rake up most of the debris and heap it  into piles along the rides.

But the dark clouds were looming  ---  time was running out and energy was  ebbing away!

So the  piles still need to  be moved off the rides and heaped between the trees.This will  encourage more wildflowers to grow next year

This morning, Malcolm spent a couple of hours in the wood and  managed to  move most of the heaps of hay off the rides. He was joined by Alan Smythe on his ride-on mower, to do  his final cut for the year. Excellent!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Lots to see and great to be, in Buckle's Wood

So many Wild flowers!

and birds

and butterflies and moths!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Buckle’s Wood’s 
Report for the Parish Council’s AGM. 2017

The trees are growing well and it is beginning to feel like a “real” wood. Dutch Elm disease has attacked a few trees, but they seem to have survived and have started to make new growth lower.
We have two dog waste bins.  A few dog owners still do not clear up after their pets. This is unpleasant and a health risk, especially for children.
The bird nesting box has been used by Kestrels and Jackdaws, but not Barn Owls.
The school children have planted wild flower plugs, helped by Catherine from Shrublands Nursery.  Last summer, each class spent part of a day in the wood with Becs, from the Green Light Trust. Under her guidance, they did lots of exciting eco- activities.
The children who helped to design our woodland, wanted a pond. James Buckle’s men used a digger to create our pond. As with all other “natural ponds”, it will take a while to seal itself and become established.
We have held working parties, to manage the wood in a way to increase its bio-diversity: raking the grass off the rides, trimming the hedges, making wood piles.
Sadly, there has been some damage. Beastly Towers was set alight. The logs in the school’s seating area were trashed. Large sticks and other items thrown in the pond.
We have paid Alan Smythe to cut the paths and Colin Goodchild to cut the length of hedge that we couldn’t manage. We need to raise funds, so that we can develop and manage the wood for the community.
Our thanks to James Buckle and everyone who has supported and helped our community woodland to thrive and develop over the years.
Sue Mackie

Thursday, 16 March 2017

We have a selection of garden tools and other items that were bought for planting our trees which are no longer needed
We are asking for a donation of £5.00 or more for the border spades, forks, lump hammer and long handled rakes-- great for collecting up leaves and long grass.
We also have spare canes, wooden stakes, ridged plastic and spiral tree guards and would just like a donation for these.
Please contact me-- if you would like to inspect the goods and live locally.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Next working party

There will be a short, two hour working party on Saturday 27th Feb.starting at 10 o'clock.
You will need strong gloves, seqateurs and loppers as we shall be continuing  to tidy up the hedgerow and trees along the ride near the pond.
Newcomers will be very welcome.
Sadly this volunteer for out last working party missed it totally!

We have a new email address
a page on Facebook.