It’s that time of year again where we ask you to dust off your walking boots or running shoes and pledge to Walk for the Woods. 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. Last year the running group ran, the buggy fit mums and the stride walkers strode out. The Kickstart Bootcampers showed their super metal and flipped a tractor tyre around the mile long course! And the Trust Manager – she dressed up as Sylvester the Cat! 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. Come on – you know walking is good for you and fundraising is good for the Woods.
This Sunday is our annual tree planting day. We have three big “Semi Mature” trees to plant – a tulip tree, a beech and a cherry tree and about 200 new whips (small barerooted stock). All hands welcome to help plant – add something to the landscape that you will be able to see grow throughout your lifetime. Meet at the Pavilion, (Lightwoods Hill) at 10.30am.
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey which ran from July to October last year. If you would like to see what people said about the park, the golf course, the Trust and what they would like to see in future, the full survey results are available on our downloads page – or by clicking here.
The golf course is open—please come and play! The course was closed for most of December when the snow and ice were on the ground and as a result the Trust lost £5,000 in income. This is money we can ill afford to lose as it may affect things such as our plans to do the drainage work on the children’s play area. We are looking at ways of recouping as much as possible, so why not have an extra few rounds of golf, spend more money in the shop, set up a standing order to the Trust, or organise a fundraising event. All donations/ideas are welcome.
You may have seen that work has been done in the shrubbery area round the back drive and the old woodland area at the back of the Abbey site. This is part of the planned maintenance programme for the site and will help to restore some of the hedges that used to exist and which have become overgrown. We have been able to do this work thanks to the temporary increase in staff with our Future Jobs Fund employee, Joe. Lionel has been really pleased to get work done which has been outstanding for years. Although some of the cutting back may look a bit ruthless at present it will bush out over the next few months and we hope it will bring lasting improvements to the area.
Our first event of the year will take place on Saturday January 29th when Liz Coleman will lead a Bird walk starting at 10 am. Liz is a volunteer both at Warley Woods and also at RSPB at Sandwell Valley and has an extensive knowledge of the birds on the site. The walk starts from the Pavilion and costs £2 per adult which includes a drink afterwards. Some other dates for your diary include our second Walk for the Woods on Saturday April 1st; this year’s theatre production, Pride and Prejudice, performed again by Heartbreak Theatre Company, on Friday July 1st at 7.30 pm; and the Picnic in the Park on Sunday July 17th. There is a fuller list of events in the events calendar here and additional events will be added and details confirmed as time goes on.
The Volunteer sessions on Sundays and Mondays have resumed following the Christmas break, and details are now on the front page of the website. On Sunday January 23rd the volunteers will be planting new trees at various points on the site. If you’d like to help with this please come along to the Pavilion at 10.30 am and join the group.
We now have a group on Facebook where you can share comments and photos. Warley Woods Facebook Page. Please follow the link. Happy snapping and sharing!
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