Sunday, 5 November 2017
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
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
Saturday, 22 April 2017
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.