Witchford Village

Open Spaces Group Update - November 2017

Posted on: Nov 12, 2017
Posted in: open-spaces-group news

Fairchild Wood
The replacements for the young trees that died as a result of ash die-back will arrive in early December, and planting will take place on Sunday 3 December from 10.00 am. This will be a major exercise as there are lots of trees to plant, and we will need plenty of volunteers. As Christmas will not be far away it will also be a social event with bonfire, baked potatoes, and mulled wine (with an alternative for the children, who will also be very welcome!). Please tell all your friends and bring a spade, as we hope there will be more volunteers than the Open Spaces Group has spades!

There will be a preparatory session the week before, at 10 00 am on Sunday 26 November, to clear the planting sites. All assistance will be much appreciated.

Fairchild Wood is at the end of Long Meadow where the Permissive Path was opened in July.

Toad Corner
The Open Spaces Group held a session to open up the view to the pool at Toad Corner in October. Toad Corner lies on the drainage ditch alongside Footpath 1 as it passes to Old Scenes, the drove south of Rackham School. It had become very overgrown during the summer, and the intention was to clear the bank, but enthusiastic volunteers also removed much of the excess vegetation from the pond. The water level is low at the moment, but with autumn and winter rains there will soon be open water again.

Sandpit Drove Conservation Area
The meadow has now been cut and the mowings removed, and hopefully there will be plenty of seed from the summer flowering waiting to germinate. Some help will be given as seed has been collected during the summer and will be sown on prepared spots in the autumn and spring.

The mowing has exposed a number of grass nests in small depressions, most likely made by field voles, which will have found the meadow a suitable habitat in which to live and feed.

Witchford Open Spaces Group relies on volunteers for its work encouraging wildlife and promoting green spaces and access to the countryside. We need more volunteers to continue working for conservation and people’s enjoyment of the countryside into the future. In particular we would welcome the support of younger members of the community. For more information about the Open Spaces Group contact Richard Braund on 665222 (e-mail richardbraund50@hotmail.com).

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