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Open Spaces Group Update - February 2018

Posted on: Feb 8, 2018
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Old Recreation Ground
Throughout January volunteers laid around 20 m of the west boundary hedge. This is the fourth year that the hedgelaying team has been in action (in the Millennium Wood as well as the Old Rec), and the team members are feeling quite confident that the work is being done competently! Take a look at this latest effort.

The pruning of the hard fruit trees was begun before the New Year and will be completed before the spring.

The Millennium Wood
In January volunteers carried out winter activities from the Woodland Group’s Millennium Wood Activity Plan. These included cutting back undergrowth along the paths, trimming the laid hedges, and placing shrub guards around self-seeded hawthorn and field maple in the openings created by previous years’ tree thinning. Loose logs were bundled up and wired together to make eco-piles that will not easily be displaced, allowing invertebrates to remain undisturbed. During the morning session volunteers were served tea and coffee by a kindly neighbour which was much appreciated. Coppicing and thinning were also carried out in January to relieve overcrowding and let in more light.

The Open Spaces Group held its annual Wassail-in-the-Wood in January, a celebration of the apple trees and to promote a good harvest for the coming year. The participants were led to the fire circle and its roaring fire by magical fairy lights, and were suitably entertained by the musicians and choir mistress. After sufficient Wassail fare was consumed, the festivities were concluded with a short display of fireworks.

The Horsefield
Most people in Witchford will be aware that the area of greenery on the south side of Main Street, popularly known as ‘the horsefield’, is again under threat of development. The field is a gateway to the countryside via the public and permissive footpaths that lead to the Millennium Wood, Long Meadow, Edna’s and Fairchild Wood and the Old Recreation Ground. These all are areas into which there has been a huge investment of volunteer time to make improvements to benefit people and wildlife, and which are much used by the community. Witchford Open Spaces Group has joined a number of individuals and the Parish Council in making a formal objection to the development.

Witchford Open Spaces Group volunteers help to maintain and improve sites throughout Witchford 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 (e-mail richardbraund50@hotmail.com).

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