Previous updates from 2016
Volunteer Session - Sunday 20th November 2016
Thank you so much to all the volunteers who turned out yesterday and
gave their time to help maintain the woods. The weather was much better
than forecast. Lots of holly has been removed and mulch was placed around the base of the young trees. In the next few weeks we will have a chipper in the woods to remove all the holly taken down.
Thank you and well done to everyone.
Children's Activity Event - Thursday 27th October 2016
Children's Event planned
We are planning some fun family activities on Thursday 27th October 2016. Drop in any time between 11am and 1pm
The latest Knolls Wood Survey
Shadowing a Greensands Trust Ranger
Volunteering isn't something everyone decides to do when they visit home but then not everyone has a brother who is a Ranger for the Greensands trust. The Ranger in question, Gary Peach has been working for the Greensands trust for 5 years and I love to hear him tell tales of work and what he has been up to. So whilst I was home in August I decided to volunteer my services to him and help out for a week to see first hand what it's like to shadow a ranger
|Firstly let me tell you that the area the trust looks after is huge!
From woods to meadows and all in between. The area ranges from
Tiddenfoot Pit in Linslade to Rushmere Park in Leighton Buzzard and
Apsley woods in Woburn. All of this area needs to be managed and looked
after. Whilst volunteering with Gary we did a range of tasks. On the
first day we did some measuring of the areas by Vimy road for planting
wild flowers which the volunteers had been clearing and looking after.
We then went up to Linslade woods to clear a fallen tree which had
covered one of the path- ways. Followed by an afternoon of checking the
throw lines at Tiddenfoot pit whilst also doing a litter pick . A lot of
walking and physical work. In total I volunteered for four days and it
was great to be outside and felt really rewarding. || |
Volunteer Session - 11th September
Sunday was a beautiful day and some great work was completed. Lots of Holly and Laurel were removed that had been obstructing pathways. The chippings were then spread over the pathways that get muddy. A big thank you to all the Volunteers who gave up their valuable spare time to help. It was greatly appreciated.
would be lovely to see new faces at these sessions. It is amazing what
a difference you can make in just one hour. We will post the date of
the next working party on here and Facebook and hopefully see you there.
Volunteer session - 19th June
Around a dozen helpers turned out to clear the verges along Monkey Puzzle Avenue which had been strimmed by Gary (GST) during the previous week. Raking away the fallen nettles and brambles encourages grass to grow and, hopefully, wild flowers too. At the south end of the wood, in the patch adjoining Redwood Glade, there are large clumps of Herb Robert and Willowherb that have grown up now the nettles have been cleared.
As well as raking the verges,
the volunteers also cut back some of the laurel and rhododendron that
was overhanging the path. It was warm work, but much was achieved in a
couple of hours. Even so, the Friends would welcome some new faces at
these sessions, so if you can spare some time on Sunday 11 September,
we’d be very happy to see you (10 am at the Sandy Lane noticeboard).