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November

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Education for sustainable development through local action and global awareness.

 

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This month's Tree Quotation

 “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day,
listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

 

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avery

 in The Use Of Life

 

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Membership renewals

 

Thank you very much for renewing your membership in October. 

 

We rely on members for two reasons.  firstly, a long membership list gives us good political clout as well as the money we need to keep running. 

 

Secondly, of course, our members voluntarily do our valuable work in the woods, without which we wouldn't achieve anything.  Whether you attend work parties or not, your membership is very much valued.

 

Trustees

 

Welcome to Jane Starling and Russell Moles, who were co-opted as trustees in December until the next AGM where they will be eligible to stand for election. 

 

Trustees meet once every three months, usually on a Monday evening at the community centre, where they discuss recent work parties, manage the money, keep an eye on Health and Safety and plan ahead.  Its more informal than it sounds. 

 

If you would like to offer your services as a trustee, or just come along to see what its like, please get in touch with us.

 

This year's meetings, all at 7.30pm at the Community Centre, are...

16th March | 15th June | 21st September |

14th December

 

Forthcoming events

 

In June, our work party will be replaced by some fun wild flower identification.  Nick Sibbett will show us how to identify some of the plants in Natterer's Wood, in the hay meadow and possibly outside it too. 

 

Do come and learn the names of some of the plants we are conserving! We will also visit Lackford Lakes together, with the date to be decided.  Shall we go in spring, and listen for the nightingale? 

 

Or in the summer to see many dragonflies hunting their aerial prey?  Or on a winter's evening to watch clouds of starlings whirl around? 

 

Or see the winter-visiting wetland birds on the lake margins. Also at Lackford Lakes, our own Nick Sibbett is talking about bats to wildlife trust members on 29th January. 

 

Its not a Woodland Ways event but open to all, and you are very welcome to go.  for more information see  https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/events/2020-01-29-bats-suffolk-andbeyond

Have you visited

Natterer's Wood

lately?

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Update January 2020

 

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News from our woods

 

 

Natterer’s Wood

 

You may remember that a year ago we were concerned about brambles overwhelming trees in part of Natterer's Wood, and we had the brambles  in that part of the wood flailed down to ground level (we left plenty of brambles for blackberry picking). 

 

When the trees came into leaf in the spring, we found that many were Swedish whitebeam, and other on-native species that had seeded in as part of our natural regeneration zone in the wood.  Natural regeneration was effortless but has created patchy woodland. 

 

 In January we'll plant native trees into the larger gaps, to enrich the species present and make a more dense woodland.  The trees will also absorb carbon dioxide as they grow thus contributing a tiny amount to reducing the polluting effects of using our cars or other fossil fuel use.

 

Please come and join us on 13th January at 10am.  The woodland floor will have plenty of low-growing bramble so wear tough boots and tough trousers; at least one of us may get scratched by their thorns so do be careful.

 

 

Cherry Trees Wood

 

Some time ago, we reached an informal agreement with Taylor Wimpey and West Suffolk Council that we would have a substantial input to Cherry Trees Wood. 

 

Now that development is progressing next to the wood, we hope that the substantial input will be placed on a more formal basis soon. 

 

In the meantime we've programmed in a work party this spring to tidy up and to maintain the trees we planted there several years ago.