We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

We are volunteers who look after Sharphill Wood, two miles south of Nottingham. Membership is free to all. We plant hedges, tidy litter and conserve the plants and animals within the wood.

Get in touch to tell us what you think about what we are up to.

 
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work party 23/10/2016

work party 23/10/2016

work party 25/09/2016

work party 25/09/2016

work party 24/07/2016

work party 24/07/2016

work party 26/06/2016

work party 26/06/2016

About the wood

Founded 22 January 2008: Seventh Annual Report   There were 9 meetings of the Friends of Sharphill Wood in the year to 10 May 2016. The Annual General Meeting, postponed to 9 June 2015, elected Phil...

Birds

To date, over 40 bird species have been recorded either in Sharphill Wood or using the surrounding farmland. Allow me take you on a quick guided tour. Starting in the surrounding farmland, look...

Nature in the wood

One sunday morning last September I persuaded my son and daughter to visit the wood with the fungus crowd. By which I mean the Nottinghamshire Fungi Group. They really were a crowd, about 20 of...

Work Parties

On the 4th Sunday of each month we meet at the top of Peveril Drive at approximately 09:45, so we can get the tools up the hill, to start work for 10:00. Our normal work parties are from 10:00am...

Recent Articles

Boxing Day Walk 2016 CANCELLED !

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

 
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Our next work party is 11th December 2016

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.

 
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December 2016 at Sharphill Wood

December 2016

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

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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.

 
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work party reminder 27/11/2016

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.

 
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work party 23/10/2016

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.

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work party 25/09/2016

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.

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Notts Wildlife Skylarks Festival Quiz and Prize Draw Winners

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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work party 24/07/2016

Excellent weather today, and as we were working inside the wood we were sheltered from the heat of the sun, although insects were an annoyance at times. This being the last work party during the bird nesting season, we limited ourselves to path work and preparation for the autumn. Phil and Chrissie painstakingly scraped more mud from the “swamp of doom”, and although there was little to show, I’m sure it will help. The rest of us used grass hooks, loppers and shears to cut back some of the encroaching vegetation towards the top of the western path. After a drinks break, we then moved to the “plantation” area in the north-west corner of the wood and marked trees for coppicing and felling later in the year.
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