Today we had a new group of willing volunteers giving time to keep Warley Woods looking good. They were a team of staff from “Community Spaces” at Groundwork UK. They are the team that administer grants on behalf of the Big Lottery for improving green spaces. They were actually the funder for The Wilderness and they came en masse to help maintain it. They were a lovely group and even left cake behind for us!
We are often host to team days or away days of this kind. The massive person power they bring really helps to get a signficiant piece of maintenance done, all in one go. It also helps our own volunteers see improvements being made and letting them move on to the next thing on the never ending list. This year already we have been visited by Ernst and Young and other groups are booking up too. Including the third year running for Virgin Trains stalwarts, the second year running for University of Birmingham and newcomers Zurich Insurance. Thank you to all of them. There is still room for more and lots more work to come – bring your team down to Warley Woods for the day!
The final plans have now been agreed to improve the drainage in the Children’s Playground and the work will start shortly. We hope that it does not cause too much inconvenience and that as a result of the work the playground will not have as many puddles as it does at present.
We will again be organising patrols in the park during the evenings this spring and summer. It is useful to have volunteers out on a regular basis who can talk to the members of the public and keep their eyes and ears open for any problems. People go out in pairs for an hour or so and we are looking for some additional members to assist those who have said they will help. If you want to find out more about this, and what the level of commitment is, please ring Viv at the office and she’ll give you more details(420 1061).
On Tuesday May 3rd at 7.30pm there will be a meeting for anyone who is interested in looking at the biodiversity of the site and ways in which we can improve this. This will take the form of an open discussion and anyone with an interest in this area of the work of the Trust will be welcome. The meeting will be in The Pavilion
Some reminders of future events so that you can plan ahead:-
Monday April 25th (Easter Monday) 11.00 am Our annual Easter Egg Roll
Saturday May 14th 10.30am—1pm Learn to Identify Birds.
Thursday 23rd June at 7.30 pm History evening.
Friday July 1st Heartbreak Theatre Company performing Pride and Prejudice.
Viv’s costume has arrived! Last year it was Sylvester the Cat. This year it is Scooby Doo! Like practically every charity out there, we need to raise funds to help us continue our work and who better to help us than those people who love and use the park every day. Can you help us make 2011 a memorable fundraising year and give some time to help support the Community Trust? The sponsor form and continuation sheet can be downloaded here. Start anytime between 10am and 2pm. Offiical warm up is at 10am with Kathy Lamb of Buggyfit. Come on – you know walking is good for you and fundraising is good for the Woods.
Mick Guy has brought together all the designs that have been in the Warley Woods newsletter over the last year – fox, owl, frog, butterfly and Santa – together with the Penguin which was such a hit at last year’s Picnic and created a beautiful booklet. The booklet pack includes origami paper so you can get started right away. On sale exclusively at the Trust’s shop and sold to raise funds for the management and maintenance of Warley Woods. Price £2.50.
As part of our on-going maintenance of the woodland, one of the large beech trees in the meadow needs to taken down for safety reasons. We are sorry to see such an old tree taken from the landscape, but it was damaged by fire several years ago and its condition has been getting steadily worse. It could have been possible to leave the stem standing for wildlife value, as we do elsewhere on site, but on balance we decided that the views in this area were a really important part of the enjoyment of the site and that a large standing stem would spoil this. We are planting trees in the meadow each year to ensure there will be large trees here in the future, as well as today.
Removal will take place on the 28th and 29th March by Midland Forestry. Logs will be put in the Lightwoods Hill car park which can be taken for firewood in return for a donation. Chippings will be used to feed the soil around the veteran beech tree near the Abbey site during one of the next Volunteer Sundays or Mondays.
Charity number: 1092754