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-- suemackie@tinyworld.co.uk 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 4buckleswoodgmail.com
a page on Facebook.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The busy natural world.

This is a lovely time of year.  The wood is  brimming over with wildflowers, bees, birds and insects.  Not so many butterflies about this year, Lots of Hover Flies and other flying beasties.
Hover Flies

Cardinal Beetle

Six-spot Burnet moth on Yellow Rattle Seeds
 The logs that can be used as an outside classroom, have been  tipped over. Let's hope that this will be the only thoughtless prank during long  summer evenings!
The re-arranged children's seating area

Teasel flower heads in the sunset.
After heaving the logs back into their original upright position, I took this photo ofa very prickly teasel plant. I wonder why?