Today’s work party took place in fine weather. We were able to resume woodland work now it is autumn, and we focused on removing some of the many small Norway Maple and Sycamore trees from the vicinity of the western path. The drill bit for making holes for glyphosate plugs was missing (presumably lost at the end of last winter), so we were limited in terms of poisoning the stumps (although eventually a substitute bit was obtained and we were able to treat some of the stumps). We did manage to uproot a good number of saplings, and a few larger specimens were felled and poisoned. Unfortunately there was a lot of regeneration where we had cut back in the past without treatment, and the roots were far to established to remove.
As promised we ran a wildlife quiz for a prize draw for children and adults. This was quite popular and all learned something! Some of the adult questions were worthy of Mastermind however three lucky people had 7 questions correct and won prizes of bird feeders - Jon Berry, Ian Bussey and Trevor Watson. The successful children were Ellie Eatherington, Joseph Riley, Lara Mills and Ruben Troy. A BIG thanks to the legendary Collins Cash and Carry for kindly donating the prizes.
Founded 22 January 2008: Seventh Annual Report
There were 9 meetings of the Friends of Sharphill Wood in the year to 10 May 2016. The Annual General Meeting, postponed to 9 June 2015, elected Phil Miller (Chair), Mike Rivett (Vice Chair), Chrissie Wells (Treasurer), Jo Miller (Publicity Officer) John Elwell (Work Party Coordinator) and Bill Logan (Secretary).
There were 102 Friends on the circulation list in May 2016.
Today’s work party took place in dry but cloudy conditions with mud underfoot in many places following rain overnight and during the previous few days. Except towards the northern end, much of the main path had vegetation encroaching, making it quite narrow in places. Fortunately Nick Mills from NWT’s Skylarks reserve came with three scythes and showed us how to use them. After we had all practised, Nick, Mike and John completed the clearing of the path, while Phil, Ian and Rod undertook other tasks. Phil and Ian attempted to remove some of the excess mud from the worst swampy area on the main path, the hope being that as we bring more stones there in future they will not be quite so submerged in mud.
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