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.
Bearwood Primary School will be en masse in the Woods on Friday 18th March raising money for Comic Relief. If you are walking your dog near the school party, they do have a few children who are afraid of dogs and so it would be great if you could put your dog on a lead for that short period. Thanks very much for that and we hope they have a fabulous event.
This is an event that has been organised in memory of Emma Jubb by her friends. They will be having a mass group walk around the Woods on 27th March. 12- 4. Lots of Cavalier King Charles spaniels, but any human and hound welcome. More information can be found through this facebook link.
Following the annual Bird Walk held in January we have decided to try and build up a picture of the different birds that are found on the site by undertaking regular Bird Surveys—and you can help us with these. There are forms available in the café or we can e-mail you a copy if you want one. All you need to do is keep a note of what different birds you see when in the park and at the end of each month bring the form back to the office (or email it) and we can then compile a list of sightings. These will be used to build up a picture of what birds are here and we can then consider how we might attract other birds to the site.
Next week is half term and there is another Junior Golf Camp for children between 5 and 15 years. This will take place from Tuesday to Friday, February 22nd to 25th. There are a few places left and these can be reserved by calling the golf shop on 429 2440. Cost is £10 per child per session. Also, Greg Lynch, our golf pro, is starting a new Six Week Golf Taster Course. This is for adults new to golf or who want to brush up on their skills, and starts on Saturday February 26th from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. The cost for the 6 weeks is £30, and places should be booked through the golf shop.
You will be glad to know that work will be starting shortly on the boggy part of the children’s playground. This work has been needed for some time and although money is tight the Trustees are anxious that it is done as soon as possible so that the problem is rectified before the playground gets busy again.
We are sad to say that Joe Cooper, our Future Jobs trainee, leaves us in a couple of weeks when his scheme comes to an end. Joe has been a great asset to the groundstaff during his placement with us and we wish him well for the future. Sadly, the whole scheme has come to an end so we will not have another trainee to replace Joe.
A couple of weeks ago the Board of Trustees and Viv Cole, Trust Manager, held their annual planning day. This was to review the previous year’s work and budget and to set priorities for the coming year. The trustees are aware that money will be tight in the coming year and have had to plan the budget accordingly, but the day was very positive in determining what the priorities will be over the next few months, as many things can happen without money. If you are interested in knowing more about this please contact the office and we can send you a copy of the Strategic Plan for the year.
The volunteers had a successful Sunday morning planting trees at the end of January. The trees in the tree nursery are now also growing well and one has already been transplanted into the meadow. It’s great to know that these have come from seeds collected in the park and will be the trees for future generations.
Greg Lynch the professional at Warley Woods Golf Course is really gearing up for the Spring weather encouraging everyone to dust off their golf clubs and brush up on their skills or learn some new skills.
In Half Term (Tuesday 22nd – Friday 25th) there will be fun golf sessions for young people involving Tri Golf and X-Treme Golf. Sessions run from 10am – 12pm. £10 per child. Places are limited so booking is strongly recommended.
On Sunday 27th February Greg will be running “Learn Golf in a Day”. A chance for someone completely new to golf, to learn some of the basics to get them started. The day runs from 10am – 1.45 and just costs £20 per player. Equipment can be loaned if the aspiring golfer doesn’t have any kit yet.
If you prefer to take learning more slowly there is a 6 week taster course starting on Saturday 26th February at 3.30-4.30 pm each week.
Warley Woods prides itself on being a friendly place to learn – everyone is welcome – young, old, male, female, novice or experienced. As a registered charity our aim is to ensure that everyone has a chance to learn golf – it may be a once in a lifetime thing or maybe a hobby that will last a life time. If you are itching to get out into the fresh air, be active and try something new, give the shop a call on 0121 429 2440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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