Twelve members turned up at the Barn this morning. Three headed to Hutcliffe Wood and the remaining nine ascended Beauchief Drive to Little Wood Bank. In both cases we were removing the denser patches of holly to allow the standards to obtain more light and moisture for their growth. It should also help the bluebells which were just starting to appear through the leaf litter.
Fourteen members turned up for work today. Three went to Hutcliffe Wood to clear a fallen oak which was blocking the upwards path at the Abbey Lane end then on to clear holly to create more light for bluebells etc near the Monkey Bumps. Six members cut back holly in Little Wood Bank, having received permission from the Council. The tall trees up from the middle of the bottom path were targeted to allow more light to reach the ground. Leaves were also raked from the adjoining section of the bottom path. Afterwards there was an inspection of the path down to Twentywell
Eight members turned up at the Barn on a glorious February day where we met with Nathan McWhinnie from SCC who wanted to find out more about what we do. Two members headed off to Hutcliffe Wood as a starter before hoping to cover the remaining woodland areas. A full report about what was agreed will be available in due course. The remaining six went up Beauchief Drive to where the surfacing material had been transported. From there we made some improvements to the path in Old Park Wood and cleared the steps of leaves before concentrating on the path
Twelve members turned up at the Barn this morning – a breezy but relatively mild and sunny January morning. One went to collect litter, starting around the ponds Three headed to the orchard where they were installing the bench for a new seat there. Unfortunately, the railway sleepers which formed the support for the bench top proved rather harder than expected which bent nails and needed a strong drill bit. Eventually the seat was installed and tried out as shown in the picture. Eight headed to the Round Walk on leaf clearance duties. Such was the endeavours of this group that the
Ten members turned up at the Barn on a cold but sunny morning. Two went to the drystone wall near Fred’s Seat and duly worked on the capping stones and upper part of the wall before joining up with the rest of the group after coffee. The main party went to the Gorse Patch on Little Wood Bank where we removed the saplings remaining in the area recently trimmed of gorse. Some weeding was done around the heathers that were planted there recently but the soil was frozen so it was difficult to clear properly. Having cleared all the saplings that needed treating
Nine members turned up at the Barn on a chilly morning. Four headed to the path at the back of the Hall for resurfacing work and the remaining five started scraping and clearing the path from the Holly Path as far as Fred’s Seat. Coffee was taken there by which time, first, soft hail and then snowflakes, started falling. After coffee efforts were made to demarcate the line of the footpath through the woodland to avoid trampling of the snowdrops and daffodils which are just beginning to appear.
Monday Working Group share Christmas goodies at coffee (mulled wine!) break On the last working day of 2022 fifteen members turned up at Little Wood Bank to have our annual burn of the gorse that had previously been cut. Luckily the weather had turned mild and the wind had got up so the whole of the cut gorse was burnt leaving a large mound of smouldering ash. At 11.00 am we held our traditional Christmas Feast, with mulled wine and a huge selection of Christmas treats.
Eleven members turned up for work this morning. Five went to the gorse patch on Little Wood Bank to clear more of the oldest gorse as part of its annual cull. This will be burnt on the 19th as part of our Christmas celebration. It was quite hard going due to the slope of the ground and the stacks of cuttings to navigate. However, we cleared a surprisingly large area. Five headed for Park Bank Wood using the leaf blower loaned from the Council. Two worked on the steps whilst the blower team headed towards Bocking Lane then along