Previous updates from 2012

October working party

The main purpose of the day was to "Hunt the Monkey Puzzle Tree" and remove some of the sycamore saplings and undergrowth that are threatening to crowd them out. The adults worked hard to make a start on this in the morning lead by Bob Holland of the Greensand Trust, and in the afternoon Alexe Rose of the Trust helped educate us all about the conservation of the Monkey Puzzles.




                                                                                                Photo's by Roger Seldon

Purdie above also gave us a fine impression of a monkey. Although the proper name is a Chilean Pine, apparently the name Monkey Puzzle comes from 1850 in Cornwall where they were imported to Pencarrow House and they thought monkeys would find them difficult to climb.  In South America they are grown for their nuts, rather like pine nuts.

Spring arrives


And the new notice board is up!                                                                                                                                                           Photo's by Roger Seldon

First working party of the year - 26 February

Sunday saw the first working party and the erection of the new notice board at the Sandy Lane entrance. The frame which is a real example of superb craftsmanship was constructed by committee member Frank Grover. Thanks to all who took part.



Cleaning out the nest boxes ready for spring. All the boxes were occupied last year.




The snowdrops, crocuses and emerging bluebells are all on view at the moment...