19 Jan 2019

Volunteer Working Groups

As the notices that we put up at our entrance-ways state, these last two Saturdays (12th and 19th January 2019) we held volunteer working groups in the woods. The objective was to clear as much of the invasive non-native Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and Rhododendron (R. ponticum) outbreaks that had completely taken over the incline immediately to the west of the pond, on the Back Lane side of the woods.

The Society was immensely pleased to see many local people and dogs (and not-so-local people/dogs!) turn up and contribute their time and sweat felling, burning, pruning and sawing, doing their best to help us return the woods to their former glory. We are truly grateful to each and every person (and dog!) who turned up and worked so hard, and a great deal of fun was had by all.

Special thanks must go out to Tom who today came with a small chainsaw and, himself, cleared as much of to the infestation as the whole working party managed the week before! A remarkable feat, and the difference is self-evident. Further thanks to Nigel who, with his electric reciprocating saw, was only stopped when his battery ran flat...

More Volunteer Working Groups are planned to go forwards (weather permitting), as advertised on our Facebook page. If you would also like to join us in keeping fit, helping give nature a chance to thrive, meeting new people and simply have a ball in these beautiful woods, why not grab your bow saw and loppers and join our group? You'd be warmly welcomed.

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