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.
Those working in foxborrow meet as arranged
Work/jobs that need doing in Gunton Wood :-
1. Continue clearing ditch.
3. Continue path edging work.
4. Put rotten path edging in copse near B&B area.
5. Fit the sump in the ditch (if dry) to provide a better feed to the pond.
6. Pulling up Alexanders, digging up Spanish bluebells.and neetles fro path edge
7. Bird table near picnic area needs end nailed back on.
8. one additional circular path post required.
9. New boards needed at pond.
10. Two new bird boxes to be put up.
11. Fence / Close off copse near B&B area.
12. Put bat boxes up on Northern edge of Moore's Lane.
13. Litter pick the wood and other areas nearby.
14. Put larger pipe under main path to allow water to flow from PwH's field into ditch.
15. Clear mud and debris off main path.
16. Tidy sheds.
17. Other work that may become necessary.
Work/jobs that need doing in Foxburrow Wood :-
Repairs to boardwalk.
Clear both new planting areas of weeds.
Fix railing at bottom of steps near ditch, add X section.
Marker post missing from first fork.
Medium Term :
Close off copse at back of B&B area, rustic fence and spoils from habitats, grass cuttings on top.
Dig trench between end of side paths and main path near dog bin, fill with shingle.
Dig out ditch at top of Moore's Lane and put sleeper bridge over it.
Lay large pipe under main path near PwH
Consider repairs to dam as a backup to new pipe line.
Mark footpath walk with painted arrows.
Plant out hazels, blackthorn & hawthorn from nursery, check state of young trees.
Remove sycamores from western side of pond - Autumn/Winter
Remove Himalayan Balsam from Foxburrow Wood and ditch between Moore's Lane & SWT Reserve
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.