Meet at the sheds at the usual time, 8.45am for a 9am start. If we have to cancel due to the weather, we will try and get a message on here before 8.30am.
Work/jobs that need doing in Gunton Wood :-
1. Tidy shed 2.
2. Tidy up bomb pit of wood - several fires in there recently.
3. Paint bench in PwH field
4. Continue removing duck weed from the pond.
5. Put drain rods thru blue pipe to pond.
6. Seat in PwH field needs attention.
7. Pull / dig up nettles and brambles from path edges.
8. Trim back holly that is overhanging paths.
9. Litter pick wood.
10. Put in posts at back of 65 Stubbs Wood.
11. Put french drain in between side path & main path when ground softer.
12. Sweep main path.
13. Weed around young trees.
14. Bat boxes could be located near the wildflower meadow on the North side.
15. Map out where young trees are planted and if they have survived or not.
16. Lay large pipe under main path near PwH
17. Other work as required.
Work/jobs that need doing in Foxburrow Wood :-
1. Still more himalayan balsam to remove.
2. Marker post missing from first fork.
3. Clear ditches.
Medium Term :
Consider repairs to dam as a backup to new pipe line.
Mark footpath walk with painted arrows.
Plant out hazels, blackthorn & hawthorn from nursery. Top of Moore's lane (Chris) and around copse fence.
Remove sycamores from western side of pond - Autumn/Winter
Regular Maintenance :
Gunton Wood pond needs regular attention to keep on top of leaves, duckweed and other plants which will otherwise choke the pond.
Clearing ditches (a difficult job often neglected)
TLC for our young trees. They should be kept weeded, lower branches trimmed and, frequently, their protective tubes and stakes repaired.
Removing Alexanders in the Spring
Coppicing Hazel in Spring
Clean bird boxes in Spring
Hay-making in Autumn
Keep yellow archangel at back of 65 Stubbs Wood under control.
Long Term :
a) Securing funding.
b) Succession planning and volunteer recruitment.
c) Consideration for plant and tree diversification to meet Climate Change issues and encouragement of wildlife.
d) Policy for tree replacements and types as a result of natural wastage and weather impact (i.e. fallen trees).
e) Long term maintenance of wood to ensure it remains in a similar form.
f) Improved volunteer training.
g) Formalizing access to expert advisers when required.
h) Agreed seasonal work program to ensure key elements are achieved within time frame.
I) Updated register of key contacts.
J) Organisational factors relating to social events for volunteers i.e.trips etc.