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!
If you have eaten or drunk too much over Christmas there is a chance to start the New Year determined to get fit. The Warley Pacers running group will be having their New Year’s Day Hangover Run starting at 10 am. Meet in the car park by the Pavilion for a gentle 5 km run round the woods.
There will be no volunteer Sundays or Mondays for the rest of December. The next session will be on Monday January 3rd at 2pm. Although this is a Bank Holiday you might feel that a spot of gentle volunteering, rather than the gentle Hangover Run, suits you better. There are always jobs to do, weather permitting, so feel free to join us then. Volunteer Sundays will then resume on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month starting at 10.30 am, and Volunteer Mondays resume on the 1st and 3rd Mondays starting at 2 pm.
The volunteer session on Sunday January 23rd will be a tree planting session (if the ground is soft enough for us to get the spades in!). This is an opportunity for you to help with something which will be of lasting value and provide for future generations who come to the park and woods.
You may have noticed that the bollards down by the Abbey Road entrance frequently come loose and we are planning to make them shorter in the hope that this will make it harder for them to be levered out. It is planned to do this work in the new year.
Thanks to everyone who came and everyone who helped at Santa in the Woods. Santa’s ride through the Woods was described as “magical and heartwarming”. We would like there to be a way of children not having to queue for as long as they have to in order to see Santa, but it is very difficult to prevent this. However, we are hoping that next year. Santa will be in his grotto on Saturday afternoon as well as Sunday afternoon to give more children the chance to see him.
If you don’t see our notice boards regularly you might not be aware that every month we put up a sheet telling you what wildlife you can see in the Woods that month. An example of this was also in the Winter edition of the Leaflet. These are much appreciated and help visitors to realise what a range of flora and fauna there is to be seen. So next time you come and visit do look on the notice board when you enter the park. Although the snow is great for those who want to go sledging it does also mean that the income to the Trust from the golf green fees is zero. Although the course drains well and copes with the wet weather we cannot do anything about a 6 inch fall of snow. The park looks absolutely beautiful, however, and the café and the shop remain open, and we positively welcome your business.
Happy New Year!
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