Previous updates from 2008
16 November 2008 - Autumn Working Party
Despite the drizzly weather, several volunteers turned up to clear paths and plant trees for the last work day in the woods for 2008, led as usual by John Creasey of the Greensand Trust. The team mowed the length of the grass verge in Monkey Puzzle Avenue and raked away the cuttings. Then, in line with the Trust’s plan to replace old trees that have died (the plantation now being some 160 years old), they planted four new monkey puzzles.These were kindly donated to FKW by Mr John Halstead. An inspection of saplings planted over the past year or so showed that most have survived, particularly the larger ones. We probably have two successive wet summers to thank for that. Just a few of the ‘whips’ (i.e. very young saplings) have died. A litter pick filled just two refuse bags, mostly with drink cans and crisp packets. Generally, Knolls Wood is kept fairly clean and tidy, and FKW are very grateful to those people who walk through regularly and pick up litter on their way.
Photos by Jack Owens
22 June 2008 - Summer Working Party
met in Redwood Glade at the north eastern entrance to Knolls Wood for
our summer work party. The Greensand Trust were on hand to oversee
matters and with equipment available for us to use in addition to the
implements that volunteers brought. Scythes and shears made inroads
into the undergrowth that had encroached on the fringes of the main
thoroughfare of Monkey Puzzle walk and the heavy duty rakes were put to
good effect in clearing the resulting vegetation debris. We do not take
this debris away, rather we roll it into a suitable area fringing the
paths where it can settle naturally and provide both habitat and
nutrients in the process. Another good day's work by all - thanks to
everyone who helped.
5 May 2008 - The woods are alive with bluebells
That lovely time of year when carpets of blue are at every turn along the paths
6 April 2008 - The day after tomorrow
These two pictures were taken within 48 hours of each other on the 4th & 6th April - what a difference two days can make!
10 February 2008 - February Working Party
Our thanks to everyone involved in this working party - we managed to get some important planting and clearance done.
Unloading our new trees Preparing the ground for new Beech trees
Ready to plant New and old - freshly planted young
Redwood beside the stump of a felled tree
Scrub clearance and bramble removal Photos by Jack Owens