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Open Spaces Group Update - January 2018

Posted on: Jan 11, 2018
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Fairchild Wood
Twenty five volunteers arrived in Fairchild Wood on a morning in December to replace the trees that had died as a result of ash die-back. In a busy two hours, the volunteers planted 170 trees, which included rowan, hornbeam and wild cherry. For some it was the first time for volunteering with the Open Spaces Group, and all were rewarded at the end of the morning with baked potatoes, bacon baps, mince pies and mulled wine. The new trees have had a major impact in restoring Fairchild Wood, filling the large gaps in the original planting of 2011. The wood is accessed from the recently established Permissive Path off Long Meadow, shown as Clover Piece on Witchford Walk No 1.

The Millennium Wood
On 14th January volunteers will cut back undergrowth along the paths, trim the laid hedges, place shrub guards, clear encroaching blackthorn, and create eco log piles in the wood. These are all activities set out in the Woodland Group’s Millennium Wood Activity Plan for the autumn and winter. Coppicing and thinning will also be carried out during the winter months

Old Recreation Ground
At the volunteer session on 11th February the activities will include trimming the hedges laid in 2017, cutting back and coppicing the willows overhanging the pond, and restaking some of the community orchard trees. Pruning by volunteers of the hard fruit and cobnut trees in the orchard began in December and will continue in January.

Through January and into February volunteers will also lay the 20 m of the west boundary hedge not yet laid. The hazel stakes and binders, obtained with funding from the parish council, have been collected from Hardwick Wood near Cambridge, where they are cut by Wildlife Trust volunteers as part of the coppicing management work in the wood.

Witchford Open Spaces Group volunteers help to maintain and improve these and other sites to encourage wildlife and for the enjoyment of the local community. We welcome new volunteers, young to not-so-young, at any time. Why not come along? For more information about the Open Spaces Group contact Richard Braund on 665222 or e-mail richardbraund50@hotmail.com.

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