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What happens at work parties?


We are often asked what work parties are like, perhaps by people who are thinking of coming but are uncertain what to expect.

 

We meet at 10am on the second Sunday of the month, with usually around 10 - 15 people attending, sometimes up to 20 people. There's a wide range of ages, with young families sometimes attending, and very welcome, with most attendees in the range from 30 to above retirement age.

 

We may look like a scruffy lot, with gardening clothes and stout shoes or boots, and little
sartorial elegance, but stilettos are unusable and if you wear shorts / teeshirt you may get some minor scratches.


The work party starts with a discussion of what the task is (see the programme for the sort of things we do) , and how to use our tools safely. The health and safety information is common sense, such as looking behind you when you use a rake so you don't poke anyone in the ribs!

Everyone works at their own pace, and we are a friendly group so no-one is left alone or unsure what to do. One or two members are unable to do much physical work, and turn up for tea-break, and we are always pleased
to see them.

 

Gillian does a brilliant job in bringing flasks of boiling water to make fresh tea and coffee, with good biscuits, and tea-breaks are as much
for social engagement as a rest.

 

By midday we get satisfaction from seeing what we've achieved, and pack up promptly.


All are welcome to work parties, and don't be put off by not knowing what to do or worrying about how you'll fit in - we would love you to join us! All
ages and abilities very welcome.

Have you visited

Natterer's Wood

lately?

Page background images and galleries: Scenes from the Woodland Ways circular walk by a WW volunteer

 

Voulunteer Tree image on front page by Sarah White: Creative Commons image

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Update January 2018

 

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News from our woods

 

Natterer’s Wood
Hedgelaying is continuing at a fast rate. Very many thanks to Fred the hedgelayer for helping us achieve a design aspiration from 2001. We've replaced a couple of saw blades that he's worn out on the hedge, but his
work is all voluntary. Do go down and have a look.


The design of the bat meadow was that people were encouraged to enter at the top of the slope, enjoy it, and leave the way that they entered. however, a through-route has appeared, with people regularly scrambling
through the hedge at the bottom of the slope.

 

Woodland Ways trustees discussed whether to restore the original design intention, or to accept andencourage the through-route. The outcome was some hard digging to infill
the ditch and make the scramble through the hedge a lot easier!

 

Home Covert
Our December work party was affected by snow which fell prior to the10am start, with a low turnout of just the hardiest (or daftest!) members.


The path surfacing was half finished, and we'll finish it during the first part of the January work party. Thanks very much to Gill for supplying mulled wine as well as tea and coffee, even though she was unable to attend the
work party

 


Woodland Ways Pond
Over the last few years, tree growth has been gradually increasing the shade and a wide strip of wildflower grassland along the edge of the meadow has been shaded out, with just cow parsley able to survive.

 

Plant species were down in 2017, with yellow rattle and bee orchids lost, probably due to shading, We also thing that the tree suck a lot of water from the soil, thus reducing the water level in the pond and increasing its dry periods.


Woodland Ways chair Nick Sibbett and vice chair Tony Potter met St Edmundsbury Borough Council at Woodland Ways Pond to explain the problem. St Edmundsbury own the land and are responsible for it, with Woodland Ways providing the voluntary management which the Council can't do.

 

 In February, the Council's tree team will coppice trees to let much more light into the grassland and pond. In the second part of our January work party, and in our February work party, we'll clear accumulated debris from the base of trees. By doing this we'll make it much easier for the tree team and we'll get maximum benefit from the limited time that they will have.


Although some people may dislike the concept of tree felling, Woodland Ways takes a balanced view of woodland management and we are clear that in some instances there are benefits of trees being felled; in this case
to benefit wildflower grassland and a pond. In any case, we hope the trees will regrow from their stumps and provide dense undergrowth for birds such as wrens which nest low down

See you next time?