This is to let you all know that the FoNGW AGM will now be on 21st April (and not the 14th as previously planned). Location is The Plough at Cuffley and we start at 8pm.
Last Sunday we completed the task of clearing away all the brash and debris from the SE part of the Yellow Trail that the Sherrards Park team helped us to fell. We also carried back 3 trailer-loads of mature oak for fuel.
Other recent work has featured the continued clearance of rhodi on the entrance drive. Below you can see where we have uncovered another metre of roadway, this time on the left as you drive in.
Over the last few sessions, we’ve been widening the entrance path where it has become restricted by overhanging rhododendron. In this first photo you can see work in progress and the overhanging rhodi is visible behind Eric (doing chainsaw duty in Howard’s absence).
Yesterday, Sunday 6th February we were assisted by our colleages from Sherrards Park Wood Wardens in the major task of widening the eastern arm of the Yellow Trail by clearing the trees between the path and the parallel bridleway. But first, Howard had to fell a large cherry to create a diversionary route for the public.
Not so much activity during the Christmas period, but here are two photos, one from the last working party before the break when we removed an old boardwalk, and the more recent Sunday work party when we burnt up all the rhodi brash from the clearance work done in the Summer of 2009.
The work on Middle Way seems to go on and on. Last Friday we continued (but still did not finish) the coppicing of some tall but spindly trees.
Much of our work is widening paths within the wood, but we hadn’t bargained for the recent contractor work on the east end of Middle Way to block off an existing path. So the group had to clear away a very substantial pile of trees, brash and soil to reopen the path.
It’s been a few weeks since I posted here. We’ve still been active, pulling rhodi shoots and doing further clearance to widen Middle Way. Here’s one of the scallopped areas we’ve created – just compare with the photo further below from 11th September!
On Friday, we continued with the work on Middle Way, but found time to inspect and repair the small foot bridge on the Red Trail.
After Friday’ session splitting logs, this morning we ventured out to continue work on Middle Way. We stopped just before the rain becaome heavy. A lot of rain has fallen in recent days, as Rowbourne Brook was in full flood.
Here’s Howard felling a tree:-