The very severe winds last week did some major damage to 6 trees in the park. Some came right down and others lost branches. We know the winds were exceptional and the trees that were damaged were not ones that had been identified in our recent tree survey as in need of urgent attention. (Those have all been attended to.)
Fortunately no people were hurt or property damaged, but it does bring home to us the need to be vigilant in our management of the site.
On Saturday January 21st the West Midlands Schools Cross Country Championships will be held in the park. The route will be mainly in the meadow, but it will not prevent others from walking there. Perhaps you’d like to go and cheer on these athletic stars of the future.
We have three events in February, none of which have taken place here before. On Sunday 12th we are holding a Star Gazing evening. This is being run by the Birmingham Astronomy Society and they will be bringing their telescopes for us to use. They have chosen this date as they think there will be a lot to see. The event will take place near the Pavilion so if it’s cold you can pop inside and have a drink and a warm. It is from 6 pm to 9 pm and you can drop in any time between those hours.
If it’s cloudy the astronomers will give an illustrated talk in the Padgham Room. Cost is £3 for adults, free for children, and includes drinks.
On Wednesday 15th (half term) Steve Hodgkinson from the Living Landscapes project will be running a Willow weaving session based at the Pavilion. Steve will help you create things like wands, fish and spiders which you can take away. This will be using willow that our volunteers cut down earlier this month in the Wilderness. The event runs from 10 am to 12 noon and is free. Although primarily for children, adults will also be welcome.
On Saturday 25th we are holding the first training session for volunteers who want to learn how to take oral histories. This is the start of our HLF funded oral history project. Once the first group of volunteers are trained they will start to do some interviews and the project will develop from there. If you would like to take part in the training, which is free or would like to be interviewed about your memories of Warley Woods, please get in touch with Viv Cole, Trust Manager (420 1061). The training is from 10 am until 4 pm and you must book your place.
Walk for the Woods, our big fundraising event, takes place on Saturday March 17th. This year we are suggesting that our supporters bring along a group of people, maybe from your workplace, your sports club, your brownie/scout/guide group, your book club—or any other group with which you are involved. Participants can either recruit sponsors or make a donation for walking in the park. It’s up to you! The most we have raised in the past is £1500 so let’s see if we can double that amount this year. The event starts at 10 am and the last people can go out at 2 pm.
Learn Golf in a Day courses will be held every month this year starting on Sunday February 5th from 10 am to 1.45 pm and the cost is just £25. To book contact the golf shop (429 2440) or Greg Lynch, the Professional running the course (07812 579929). Future courses will be held on March 11th and April 1st.
There will also be half term golf camps for children of all ages and abilities.
These are on Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February from 10 am to 12 noon.. Cost is £10 per day, but reduced to £25 if you book all 3 days. Again, these can be booked via the shop or by ringing Greg.
Charity number: 1092754