Previous updates from 2009
Last work day of 2009 - 15 November
The Friends were fortunate to have chosen the one calm, sunny day in a spell of wild autumn weather for the last work day in Knolls Wood. The objective was to complete the list of tasks drawn up at the start of the year, and there was a good turnout of committee members and volunteers to help with this. In the Autumn/Winter newsletter a request went out for any beech saplings people might have in their gardens. The donations were gratefully received and were planted along the beech avenue off Redwood Glade, replacing some earlier saplings that had been damaged
Children's event - 13 September
We had another very successful children's event based around the bug lab tour - click here for the report.
Summer work in the woods - 21 June
The second work day in the woods took place on 21st June and around 20 people – committee
members and volunteers – turned up to tidy up Monkey Puzzle Avenue.
John Creasey (Greensand Trust) mowed the verges and helpers raked up
the nettles, ivy etc and rolled the bundles away into the undergrowth. It was heavy work, partly because the
verges were overgrown, and also because it was a hot day. However, with
plenty of willing hands the job was done in under three hours
(including tea break).
11 March - After the snow, the dropsThere's always something special in the woods - now's the time for snow drops
Work party - 8 March
was the first work day of the year, postponed from February on account
of the snow. By contrast, Sunday morning was sunny, at least to start
with. This time the team worked mainly on the paths in Redwood Glade
and at the entrance, which had become very overgrown. There was plenty
to do, pruning back bushes and scraping moss and weeds back to the
original edges of the paths. However, there was a good turnout of
volunteers, eleven in all, so the work was finished in less than two
hours, with all necessary tools provided by the Greensand Trust. Afterwards
the team planted some hazel and hawthorn whips in the open glade at the
southern end of Knolls Wood, by which time the weather had changed, it
poured with rain and the work was completed in a hurry.
Watch out for details of the next work day on the events calendar.
8 February - Working party white off!
Not suprisingly the February working party was cancelled as a result of the snow.
Photos by Jack Owens