As we see out the last warmth of a long summer, we’re looking forward to autumn days spent with old friends and new faces. From hedge laying and coppicing to scrub clearance and construction, we’ll be at new sites and our more familiar spots too. We look forward to seeing you there!..
Monday 7th – Amestry Wood, Rushwick:
We’re returning to this mixed, semi-ancient woodland site to continue our progression through the coppice. We’ll be clearing brash and windblown trees to aid access and exposing the forest floor to encourage new growth.
Monday 28th – Fort Royal Primary School, Worcester:
Fort Royal caters for children with special needs and we’re proud to have been able to help with facility improvements and outdoor education projects here. We’ll be coppicing and clearing a forest school area to improve access and ease of use.
Monday 4th – Inkberrow Millennium Green, Inkberrow:
This 8.5 acre site is managed by a local trust and features ancient woodland, fields and a medieval moat and fishponds. We’ll have to make a temporary floating bridge to cross the moat to the island, where we’ll clear vegetation and improve the habitat for resident wildlife. Please visit http://www.inkberrowmilgreen.co.uk for more information and opportunities to volunteer at the site.
Monday 18th – Chapter Meadows, Worcester:
Ahead of our hedgelaying at this site, we’ll be doing the important prep work; removing existing fencing, clearing vegetation and making space to lay the mixed hedgerow trees.
Monday 25th – Chapter Meadows, Worcester:
We’ll be returning to this 35 acre oasis on the outskirts of the city to lay a section of hedge line in the traditional style. If you’re new to the art, we’ll show you how to get started and if you’re an old hand, there’s plenty of opportunity to practise your pleaching.
Monday 2nd – Chapter Meadows, Worcester:
Continuing our work from last week, we’ll be applying binders and finishing touches to the newly laid hedge.
Monday 16th – W/Worcester City Council (WCC), Perrywood, Worcester:
Working alongside WCC rangers, we’ll be coppicing a section of this mixed, semi-ancient woodland site.
Monday 6th – Amestry Wood, Rushwick:
Our work back in October cleared the way for our progress to this next coup. We’ll continue our coppice cycle in this mixed woodland, which is managed sustainably for fire wood and craft materials.
Monday 20th – W/WCC. Ronkswood Meadows, Worcester:
These meadows are grazed by our friend Rick’s cattle. The cattle also form an important part of our management of our Chapter Meadows site. We’ll be carrying out routine maintenance and scrub clearance at Ronkswood, in preparation for their return later in the year.
Monday 3rd - Fladbury First School, Pershore:
Following our clearance and renovation of this forest school area in November, we’ll be continuing the redevelopment of the outdoor education facilities here.
Monday 17th – Pound Green Common, Bewdley:
Returning to this 20 acre common and rare ancient heath land habitat, we’ll be helping our friend and resident commoner Godfrey to manage the bracken and gorse at the site.
Monday 24th – Vale Heritage Land Trust, Venue TBA:
The Trust was set up in 1999 to save the rapidly diminishing pockets of traditional Vale countryside that remain. We’ll be working with the VHLT to maintain one of these important sites. Please visit http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/valetrust/ for more information on the Trust’s work and opportunities to get involved.
Monday 3rd – Hornhill Wood, Worcester:
Returning to this ancient coppice site, we will be working with former DWT warden, James Cooper to manage his oak, birch and hazel coup. The materials harvested now will be used for future hedge-laying and green crafts work.
Monday 17th – Hornhill Wood, Worcester:
Completing our work here for another year, we’ll be processing our coppiced materials, burning brash and clearing the site to make way for the vigorous new growth this spring.
Monday 31st – W/WCC, Tolladine Wood, Worcester:
Working with the city rangers, we’ll be helping to manage this important woodland. Today we’ll begin the construction of a boardwalk to improve public access to the site.