The Officers regret that , due to the absence of a number of officers and the low turn out at last year's walk, this year's Boxing Day walk has been cancelled
Our next work party is Sunday 11th December, 09.45 till approx. 14.30 (although anyone is welcome to come down for part of the session).
Who: Young or old, no experience necessary and there’s always something to do even if you can’t do heavy work. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all children aged 16 or 17 must have the written permission of a parent or guardian. Vulnerable adults must be accompanied by their carer.
Well although we are on the run up to Christmas the work does not stop at Sharphill Wood.
We have several items planned for December 2016
Sunday 11/12/2016 a new work party to our calender
Start time 09:45 meeting at the top of Peveril Drive as normal. If you are able to attend please let us know.
Work party notice to follow shortly.
Tuesday 13/12/2016 our annual social evening at the Test Match West Bridgford. starting at 19:30 (7.30pm) if you would like to come and meet the group and find out what we do. You are more than welcome.
What: We have not yet decided exactly what we will do, and it depends to some extent on the state of the ground. If there has been sufficient rain we might plant some whips that the Woodland Trust donated. Otherwise we will do more coppicing in the north-west zone and use the timber for path edging near the north-eastern corner or for dead hedging.
How: Relevant training will be given where necessary.
This was a small work party, but nevertheless we achieved a reasonable amount in fine weather conditions. The first job was to coppice a hazel stool in the north-western plantation area. Some of the material from this was then used for path edging and associated stakes, which we installed along part of the path in the north-eastern corner. Here the path was getting very badly defined and several short-cuts had been made. Although only a start was made today, eventually we should revert to a well-defined path through this area of very little understorey. The edging was strapped down to stakes with wire and staples, to deter removal for bonfire or other purposes.
Today’s work party took place in fine weather. We were able to resume woodland work now it is autumn, and we focused on removing some of the many small Norway Maple and Sycamore trees from the vicinity of the western path. The drill bit for making holes for glyphosate plugs was missing (presumably lost at the end of last winter), so we were limited in terms of poisoning the stumps (although eventually a substitute bit was obtained and we were able to treat some of the stumps). We did manage to uproot a good number of saplings, and a few larger specimens were felled and poisoned. Unfortunately there was a lot of regeneration where we had cut back in the past without treatment, and the roots were far to established to remove.
As promised we ran a wildlife quiz for a prize draw for children and adults. This was quite popular and all learned something! Some of the adult questions were worthy of Mastermind however three lucky people had 7 questions correct and won prizes of bird feeders - Jon Berry, Ian Bussey and Trevor Watson. The successful children were Ellie Eatherington, Joseph Riley, Lara Mills and Ruben Troy. A BIG thanks to the legendary Collins Cash and Carry for kindly donating the prizes.
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