Category Archives: Central Woods

10/21 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 27th October 2021 in the Dryden Hall

 

Agenda

20211027 Woodland Agenda 27 october 2021

 

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Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Wetland Top Path Progress Report

Construction Update – September 2021

The following report has been provided, with updated information on progress with the project.

 

14.09.21 Wetland Topwalk update report

(Download and print the report)

 

Construction equipment is on site. Please warn your children to watch out for equipment moving in the area if they are playing in the woodland while this work is going on.

Top Path Plan

The project is part of the Council’s 5-year strategy and 10-year management plan for the improvement of the Great Central Woodland’s ex-railway land as a village amenity.

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Railway Heritage Trail Project

Your Views & Support Wanted

railway crestThe Great Central Woodland Management Committee is planning to set up a “railway heritage trail” around the part of the woodland that was occupied by the railway wagon yards until the 1960’s.

The trail will have a series of boards next to paths in the woodland, indicating what used to be there and its importance for village history.

These are the sort of boards we are thinking of using. This example is in the Pocket Park, close to Dairy Farm and Harley Equestrian.

display board

We need to raise cash for the boards which are expected to cost around £5000 for the five. The Parish Council will match funds from other sources such as resident’s contributions or company sponsorships and arrange installation.

We’ve got a Just Giving page so you can contribute.

Here is how the first board, near the Co-op might look….

prototype display board

 

There would also be a downloadable trail guide with more information which would probably be like the current Railway Walk guide.

The idea would be to work with heritage groups such as the Great Central Railway Enthusiasts Association, the History Society, the Archive Trust and village residents to make sure we give the right information.

At this stage we would like to know:-

  • Are there details that you think should be included?
  • We want to include personal quotes from people that remember the railway. If you would like to contribute a memory then please let us know.
  • Do you have any other ideas for the trail?

To let us know what you think, please leave a comment on this post, on our Facebook page or drop us an email with your ideas.

Help To Sponsor a Board

If you would like to make a contribution to the cost you can donate at our Just Giving page or if you’d rather send a cheque so that all your donation goes to the fund (Just Giving take a small percentage for their service) then get in touch here.

All contributors (unless you prefer to be anonymous) will be added to the Heritage Trail Supporters page on the web site that will be linked to the trail.

If your business would like to make a significant contribution to this project and to be identified as a sponsor on one or more boards (as well as being named as a supporter on the web site with a link to your own site), then please email us here.

(Any funds that we raise in excess of what is needed will be used for projects in the Woodland)

Happiness Is Spreading…

You Could Have Your Share!

Paths in the Woodland need regular maintenance to help keep the woods accessible to all.

We will be moving the last piles of planings for this year to take the riverside path up to the top of the cinder path on Saturday morning, 9th October.

Can you come along and help?

We’ll be running a series of one hour shifts 8-9, 9-10 and 10-11 am.

Please bring barrow and a shovel or a rake.

All help gratefully received .

Please let Ruth Curzon know if you are available on 07855040710 or by email.

planing spreading

 

Community Woodland Projects

New Signpost Pages

The Great Central Woodland is used for a number of community projects and we want to make sure that everyone in the village can keep up to date with what’s going on.

To help with this we’ve added new pages to the web site with details of the various projects that are in progress. Each of the project pages collects up all the posts that relate to that project.

You can find the Community Projects pages here or the site menu at the top of the page under “Great Central Woodland” or via a link on the Great Central Woodland page.

07/2021 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee, the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th July 2021 were approved. They are available below.

 

20210728 woodland cmte. minutes 27 july 2021

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the September meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 27th October 2020 at 7:00pm in the Dryden Hall.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

09/21 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 29th September 2021 in the Dryden Hall

 

Agenda

20210929 Woodland Agenda 29 september 2021

 

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Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Woodland Paths – Volunteers Needed

October 9th – Can You Help?

Great Central Woodland LogoVolunteers are helping with the resurfacing of paths alongside the river through the
Great Central Woodland.

There will be another work party on Saturday 9th October to spread planings, starting from 8am and the woodland team would be very grateful for any help.

If you think you might be interested in lending a hand for an hour or so, please ring Bob Snedker on 07802 711487 or Ruth Curzon on 07855 040710.

Forest School News

August Fun and October Plans

Sarah Bytyci has shared news of the “Woodland Adventure” sessions that she ran in the woods during August on her blog: Summer Woodland Adventures.

Lady Bird

(c) Forest Bees

Sarah is looking forward to running more sessions in the October half term, as well as a regular Forest School starting in October. She has lots of plans for ways to share the magic of Forest School and the joy of the outdoors with you over the next few months. So keep an eye of her web site or watch out for further announcements here.

More details on available places, email sarah@forestbees.co.uk or visit www.forestbees.co.uk

Sense & Sensitivity

A while back the Woodford Halse Kindness Group published their ideas for a Sensory Garden in the Woodland. The first meetings have now taken place to discuss this and some revisions have been made. One has been to incorporate a deer-proof fence protecting the inner area for the garden to prevent deer eating the plants!

Be Involved

Watch out for more news of how you could be involved or if you would like to be involved, contact Geri Rowe (gerirowe@woodfordcummembris-pc.org) or the Woodford Halse Kindness Group (wearekindinwoodford@gmail.com).

Latest Plans

Here is the latest thinking on what the garden – to be located close to the path, near the Co-op – could look like.

Sensory Garden Plan 2

06/21 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee, the minutes of the previous meeting on 30th June 2021 were approved. They are available below.

 

2021.06.30 woodland cmte minutes

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the July meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 30th September 2020 at 7:00pm in the Library.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

New Woodland Path : Work Beginning

Wetland Top Path Construction

Work has started creating the new path in the woodland that will run inside the woods alongside the Byfield Road.

wetland top path work

Construction equipment is on site. Please warn your children to watch out for equipment moving in the area if they are playing in the woodland while this work is going on.

Top Path Plan

The project is part of the Council’s 5-year strategy and 10-year management plan for the improvement of the Great Central Woodland’s ex-railway land as a village amenity.

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07/21 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 28th July 2021 in the Library

 

Agenda

2021.07.28 Woodland cmte. Agenda

 

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Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Don’t Miss Out On Woodland Adventure

Forest Bees August Fun

There has been an amazing response to the woodland sessions.

All but 2 of the 6 sessions across the 3 days are already fully booked!!!

If you want to take part you had better book quickly!

Forest Bees are running a series of adventure days in the woodland during August. With sessions at £5 per child (adults free), they offer a morning or afternoon of games, activities, fun and crafts led by a qualified Forest School leader.

More details on available places, email sarah@forestbees.co.uk or visit www.forestbees.co.uk

forest bees 2021 summer sessions

Work on New Woodland Path

Wetland Top Path Preparatory Work

Work is about to start creating the new path in the woodland that will run inside the woods alongside the Byfield Road.

Construction work is planned to commence next week, and there will be some clearance work activity this week.

Top Path Plan

The project is part of the Council’s 5-year strategy and 10-year management plan for the improvement of the Great Central Woodland’s ex-railway land as a village amenity.

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Adventures in the Woodland

Forest Bees August Fun

Forest Bees are running a series of adventure days in the woodland during August. With sessions at £5 per child (adults free), they offer a morning or afternoon of games, activities, fun and crafts led by a qualified Forest School leader.

More details or to book on August 6th 13th or 20th email sarah@forestbees.co.uk or visit www.forestbees.co.uk

forest bees 2021 summer sessions

River Cherwell

Running Freely Now

In response to recent Facebook posts about the river, that Parish Council has checked the river at the upstream entrance to the culvert under the bank and the water appears to be running freely with no sign of any significant blockage.

 

05/21 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee, the minutes of the previous meeting on 26th May 2021 were approved. They are available below.

 

2021.05.26 Woodland Minutes final

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the June meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 28th July 2020 at 7:00pm in the Dryden Hall.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

06/21 Planning & Woods Meeting Agendas

Here is the agenda for two meetings to take place starting at 5:30pm in the Dryden Hall and 6:30pm in the Library on Wednesday 30th June 2021.

The first meeting is for a special  meeting  of the Parish Council to consider two planning applications.

The second meeting is for the Great Central Woodland Management Team.

 

Agenda

20210630 full pc planning & woodland agenda 30 june 2021

 

Download the agenda to save or print:-    Parish Council Planning Meeting & Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 30/06/2021

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Riverside Path Volunteers Needed Please

Saturday 3rd July 2021

The riverside path in the woodland has some boggy bits that make it dificult for some folk to use.

The Woodland Team is planning to put down additional road planings on the path This will help to remove the boggy bits and provide a better surface as we go into autumn.

flooded riverside path

Flooding in 2019. It’s not that bad now!

We are looking for fit young people and the young at heart to help us with barrows, shovels and rakes, putting down the planings.

The group will meet at 8:00am on Saturday 3rd July at the entrance to the Industrial estate on Byfield Road. The plan is to work for about three hours.

If you need more details, please contact Robert Snedker, phone: 01327 262644, email robertsnedker@woodfordcummmembris-pc.org

 

Help Build The Sensory Garden

Volunteers Meeting 9th June, 6:00pm

Could you or your family help to create the sensory garden planned for Woodford?Kindness Group logo

  • Could you help clear a patch, large or small?
  • Could you sponsor part of the garden?
  • Could you provide plants or cash to help build it?
  • Donations of time, money and skills welcome!

Find out more by coming along to the outdoor meeting. 6:00pm on Wednesday, June 9th just by the Co-op.

Sensory Garden Plan

Plan for Woodford’s Sensory Garden

04/21 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee, the minutes of the previous meeting on 29th April 2021 were approved. They are available below.

 

2021.04.29 Woodland Minutes final

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the May meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 30th June 2020 at 7:00pm in the Dryden Hall.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Half Term Litter Heroes

Many thanks to those that have helped out keeping the village clean with litter picks and those that regularly collect litter on their walks. Everyone is grateful for that!

Sadly, there is still plenty of litter around that means the woodland and other parts of the village cannot be enjoyed as as we all would like.

Why not help out with a half term litter pick?

If you would like to help reduce the amount of litter around the village, and especially in the woodland, we’d love you to help.

Be A Woodland Litter Hero!

woodland super heroWhy not be a woodland litter super hero? That way you can get some exercise and help make the village nicer for everyone too!

We can provide litter picking kits with all you’ll need and we’ll arrange for a drop off point for rubbish to be collected too.

If you’d like to do a Litter Pick, contact Parish Councillor Robert Snedker (tel: 01327 262664 email: robertsnedker@woodfordcummembris-pc.org) for a litter picking kit.

Even if you can’t help with litter picking you can still help keep the village tidy.

To those who drop the litter, please don’t!

Take your litter home or use one of the bins at the entries to the woodland.

 

 

05/21 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 26th May 2021 in the Dryden Hall

 

Agenda

2021.05.26 Woodland Agenda 26 may 2021

 

Download the agenda to save or print:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 26/05/2021

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Woodland Sensory Garden Plans

Community Space On The Bank

One of the aims of the Great Central Woodland Management team is to make the woodland an asset for all in the village. Sensory Gardens can be calming, therapeutic spaces that stimulate the senses of all, as a way of connecting better with nature by appealing to the senses of sound, smell, taste, sight and touch.

As mentioned in the Management Team’s February meeting, the Woodford Halse Kindness Group is hoping to create a sensory garden in the Woodland. They have now started to put their thoughts together on how the garden might be created.Kindness Group logo

The Parish Council is making an area of land available next to the Co-op-Station Road path as this can be made wheelchair accessible.

Here are their first thoughts on the layout of the garden with some notes on the work that the group thinks will be needed to create it.

Sensory Garden Plan

How You Can Help

The Kindness Group are looking for support from the community to help create the garden. They need:-

  • Volunteers to help build it/ plant it.
  • Volunteers to help to recruit support and apply for grants.
  • Donations of money or materials.
  • Sponsors to fund a small section.
  • People/Families/Groups/Businesses to design and plant a small section.

If you can help in any way please contact Geri Rowe email: gerirowe@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

 

Spread Your Wings!

And Some Wood Chippings.

Gulliver’s Tree Solutions kindly donated four piles of bark chippings to help improve the path surfaces in the Woodland.

We’re looking for 8 volunteers working in twos to help move and spread the piles onto the paths.

Great Central Woodland LogoWe’re meeting at the Memorial Glade on Saturday 8th May 10.30 please message Ruth Curzon if you can join in on 07855040710. Thank you to anyone that can help.

Woodland Litter Heroes

Many thanks to those that helped out earlier on in lockdown with a woodland litter pick.

We know that some residents regularly collect litter on their walks and everyone is grateful for that!

Sadly, there is still plenty of litter around that means the woodland cannot be enjoyed as as we all would like.

If you would like to help reduce the amount of litter around the village, and especially in the woodland, we’d love you to help.

Be A Woodland Litter Hero!

woodland super heroWhy not be a woodland litter super hero? That way you can get some exercise and help make the village nicer for everyone too!

We can provide litter picking kits with all you’ll need and we’ll arrange for a drop off point for rubbish to be collected too.

If you’d like to do a Litter Pick, contact Parish Councillor Robert Snedker (tel: 01327 262664 email: robertsnedker@woodfordcummembris-pc.org) for a litter picking kit.

Even if you can’t help with litter picking you can still help keep the village tidy.

To those who drop the litter, please don’t!

Take your litter home or use one of the bins at the entries to the woodland.

 

 

03/21 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th March 2021 were approved. They are available below.

 

2021.03.24 Woodland Minutes final

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the March meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 26th May 2020 at 7:00pm in the Dryden Hall, assuming that in person meetings can resume by then.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

04/21 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Thursday 29th April 2021.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoThis meeting will be be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

2021.04.29 Woodland Agenda 29 april 2021

 

Download the agenda to save or print:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 29/04/2021

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Countryside Code Updated

Respect, Protect, Enjoy

Countryside Code LogoThe Woodford Walks page with its list of guided walks is one of the most popular on the Signpost but we ask all those that use them to repsect the Countryside Code.

A new version of the code has just been issued by Natural England with guidance for …

Visitors to the Countryside

and

Land Owners & Managers

A short pamphlet highlights the key points of the code and we’re happy to make it available here:-

countryside-code-leaflet

 

Download the countryside code leaflet here.

A New Path In The Woodland

£37,000 HS2 Grant For Woodland Walkway

The Parish Council is issuing this release to local media. The project is being run by the Great Central Woodland Management Committee. Parish Councillor Ron Davison is acting as project lead on behalf of the Council. All news items relating to this project will be collected together in the Great Central Woodland part of this site on the Wetland Top Path Project page (or via the menu at the top of the page under Great Central Woodland).

Woodford cum Membris Parish Council is delighted to announce it has been awarded a £37,000 Community and Environment Fund grant by HS2, independently administered by Groundwork UK, to improve access to local woodland and create safer ways for local children to reach the village school and for everyone to access other amenities.

The grant, together with top-up funding from the Parish Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy provided by local developers, will fund the construction of a new footpath adjacent to the busy Byfield Road in Woodford Halse, inside the village’s community-managed Great Central Woodland.

Byfield Road is the main road through the village connecting the Banbury-Daventry A361 road with the village, including the school. With over 300 new dwellings constructed in former fields alongside the road, access along this route for children is important. The current footpath alongside this busy road is very narrow, subject to flooding in heavy rain and involves crossing the road up to three times from one end to the other.

Great Central Woodland is a 10 hectare, green space in the heart of the village on the site of former railway marshalling yards. It was acquired on behalf of the community four years ago by the Parish Council.

Top Path Plan

The new walkway will provide a safer route to school and year-round access to the woodland suitable for the elderly, pushchair, and wheelchair users as well as easier access to the village centre for all residents living on or near Byfield Road. Work will include improving access to this part of the woodland via a wheelchair friendly slope.

The Parish Council is currently advertising for a contractor to construct the pathway. Work is estimated to take around 6 weeks. Target date for completion is before the 2021 Autumn School term.

The project is part of the Council’s 5-year strategy and 10-year management plan for the improvement of the Great Central Woodland’s ex-railway land as a village amenity.

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02/21 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th February 2021 were approved. They are available below.

 

2021.02.24 gc woodland cmte. minutes 24feb.2021-1

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the March meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 28th A[pril 2020 at 7:00pm on-line using Zoom.

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

24/02/21 Special Council Meeting

On 24th February 2021 a special meeting of the Parish Council was held to consider the offer of a grant from HS2 to cover a project in the Woodland to provide a well surfaced and properly drained path alongside the Byfield Road which could then provide a safer route to school for residents along the Byfield Road.

Project Report

The report on the offer of grant is available here:-

Full Council Special Meeting 24.02.2021 HS2 Grant-1

 

(Download the project report here)

Meeting Minutes

The minutes of the meeting at which it was decided to accept the offer of the grant and to take the actions needed as a result are available here:-

20210224 special pc minutes 24 february 2021

 

(Download the minutes here)

 

03/21 Woods Committee & PC Agendas

The upcoming Woodland Management Committee will preceded by a Parish Council meeting to consider various planning applications including the Social Club (retrospective change of use for parking of the Kebab van), land adjacent to 2 Church Street and Manor House.

Parish Council will meet at 7:00pm, the Woodland Management meeting will take place immediately afterwardes at 7:30pm.

Here is the agenda for the two meetings on Wednesday 24th March 2021.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoThis meeting will be be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

The Parish Council agenda is on page 1, the Woodland Management agenda is on page 2.

 

20210324 full pc & woodland agenda 24 march 2021

 

Download the agenda here:-    Parish Council & Woodland Management Meeting Agendas 24/03/2021

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Bubbles In The Woodland

About this time of year we usually organise a village and woodland litter pick but we can’t because of lockdown restrictions.

Some residents regularly collect litter on their walks and we say thank you for that!

Sadly, there is still plenty of litter around that means we can’t all enjoy the woodland as everyone would like.

If you would like to help reduce the amount of litter around the village, and especially in the woodland, we’d love you to help.

Why not have a litter-picking outing with your bubble? That way you can get your allowed exercise and help make the village nicer for everyone too!

We can provide litter picking kits with all you’ll need and we’ll arrange for a drop off point for rubbish to be collected too.

If you’d like to do a Bubble Litter Pick, contact Parish Councillor Robert Snedker (tel: 01327 262664 email: robertsnedker@woodfordcummembris-pc.org) for a litter picking kit.

Even if you can’t help with litter picking you can still help keep the village tidy. To those who drop the litter, please don’t!

Take your litter home or use one of the bins at the entries to the woodland.

 

 

01/21 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th January 2021 were approved. They are available below.

 

2021.01.27 Woodland Minutes final

 

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the February meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 24th March 2020 at 7:00pm on-line using Zoom.

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

02/21 Woods Committee & PC Agendas

The upcoming Woodland Management Committee will preceded by a Parish Council meeting to consider the proposed grant from HS2 to cover the creation of a safer route to school using a path in the Woodland alongside Byfield Road.  Parish Council will meet at 7:00pm, the Woodland Management meeting will take place immediately afterwardes at 7:30pm.

Here is the agenda for the two meetings on Wednesday 24thFebruary 2021.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoThis meeting will be be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

The Parish Council agenda is on page 1, the Woodland Management agenda is on page 2.

 

20210224 special full council and central woodland committee agendum

 

Download the agenda here:-    Parish Council & Woodland Management Meeting Agendas 24/02/2021

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Neigh, Neigh & Thrice Neigh

The woodland team are trying to do all they can to keep the paths in the woodland from becoming too muddy, with new surfacing laid when we can in the areas most prone to this.

horse & riderWe particularly ask horse riders to keep their mounts at a walk on the woodland paths.

Even a slow trot can cause the surface to cut up at present, which can cause problems for other users. Thanks to all for your consideration.

Cheers

The Great Central Woodland team

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11/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 25th November 2020 were approved (there was no December meeting). They are available below.

There still vacancies on the Committee. If you could give a little of your time to help us run the woodland, please contact Paul Blackwell (paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org, or telephone: 07872 860540).

 

2020.11.25 Woodland Minutes final

 

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the January meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 24th February 2020 at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

01/21 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 27th January 2021.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoThis meeting will be be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

2021.01.27 Woodland Agenda

 

Download the agenda here:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 27/01/2021

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meetings and the latest Woodland news  are here.

10/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 28th October 2020 were approved. They are available below.

There still vacancies on the Committee. If you could give a little of your time to help us run the woodland, please contact Paul Blackwell (paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org, or telephone: 07872 860540).

 

2020.10.28 Woodland Minutes final

 

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the November meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 27th January 2020 (no meeting in December) at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

11/20 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 25th November 2020.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoThis meeting will be be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

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Download the agenda here:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 25/11/2020

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meeting and the latest Woodland news  are here.

09/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 30th September 2020 were approved. They are available here:

 

2020.09.30 Woodland Minutes final

 

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the October meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 25th November 2020 at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

10/20 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 28th October 2020.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoThis meeting will be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

2020.10.28 Woodland Agenda final

Download the agenda here:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 28/10/2020

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meeting and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Recruiting….

Interested in Supporting The Village Woodland?

Great Central Woodland Logo

The Woodland Management Committee looks after these woods on behalf of the Parish Council, guided by an approved Forestry Commission plan.

We need two enthusiastic residents to join us, contributing to the effective management of the woodland and taking part in our monthly meetings.

We balance the needs of nature, with users and local residents. If you have experience of woodland or park management that would be great, but it is not essential.

Find out more from the Committee’s Chairman: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

workers in the woodland

08/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At last week’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 26th August 2020 (there was no meeting in July) were approved. They are available here:

 

2020.08.26 Woodland Minutes final

 

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the September meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 29th October 2020 at 7:00pm in the Memorial Hall or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Memorial Plaques

Although the work on producing plaques was delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak, the first memorial plaques for the stone in the Memorial Glade have been completed and the stone now carries a record of those whose friends and relatives wish them to be remembered here.

memorial stone with plaques

Find Out More

If you wish to have a relative remembered here, you can find details on this page about the memorial stone.

09/20 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 30th September 2020.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoThis meeting will be either be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

2020.09.30 Woodland Agenda

Download the agenda here:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 30/09/2020

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meeting and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Woodland Mess

Saturday Morning Tidy Up

Thanks to the folks that pointed out the rubbish left and the risk of discarded needles in the “camp” in the woodlands.

Camp Debris

BEFORE!

Some of the Woods Committee and the village handyman together cleared out piles of rubbish plus the remains of a mountain bike, folding chairs and tables.

rubbish

 

bagged rubbishThe good news was some of the rubbish had already been bagged by the occupants.

The less good news is that while we didn’t discover any needles – thanks to the folk that removed those – there was plenty of other evidence of drug use, which we are talking to the PCSO about.

There is still a makeshift shelter up there, so parents need to be aware of where their kids are going.

 

Camp Cleared of Rubbish

AFTER!

Don’t forget if you are a Facebook user you can follow updates for the Woodland there:@GreatCentralWoodland.

06/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At yesterday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th June 2020 were approved. They are available here:

 

2020.06.24 Woodland Minutes final

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the August meeting (there was no meeting in July) will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 30th September 2020 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

08/20 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 26th August 2020.

Meeting In The Memorial Glade or By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoDepending on weather this meeting will be either be held in the Great Central Woodland Memorial Glade or electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

 

20200826 Woodland Agenda 26 august 2020

Download the agenda here:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 26/08/2020

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meeting and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Please Don’t Dump

Please note, everybody:

Here are twoturf dump recent instances of garden and building waste dumped in the Woodland.

Do not dump garden waste or soil as this is classed as fly-tipping and could attract a fixed-penalty fine of £150 to £400.

It also attracts other littering and we want to keep the woodland as free from rubbish as we can for the benefit of all residents.

soil dump

 

Woodland Work – July 2020

Removal of Dangerous Trees

woodland workPlease be aware that there has been work going on in the Great Central Woodland to remove a number of trees. This work is being done together with our Forestry consultant who advises on trees that might be a danger to the public, especially to users of the woodland paths.

We never want to take trees down unless absolutely necessary. The trees being felled are either dead, diseased or leaning dangerously (some trees have a very shallow root base because of the compacted structure of the old railway embankment).

Please watch out for and observe any warning signs.

woodland work to clear dangerous trees

 

Safer Path To School

Wetland Top Path Beside the Byfield Road

The Parish Council has been considering the possibility of creating a “safer path to school” by improving one of the paths in the Great Central Woodland.

watch out for children signThe work would be paid for using funds built up from the “Community Infrastructure Levy” (CIL – a contribution made to local infrastructure projects by developers).   CIL funds can only be used for certain types of project and Council believes this one would qualify.

The aim is to create a safer route along the Byfield Road,  year round access to this part of the woodland and improved disabled access to the woodland. The possibility of doing this was identified as part of the Neighbourhood Plan under policy WH15 (page 46).

A proposal has been drawn up with the support of Daventry District Council. This was discussed at the June meeting of the Council and the decsion made to investigate the project further.

The Proposal

A copy of the proposal, including plans of the proposed path, is available below.

Item 20 GCW Wetland Top Path Proposal

(Download the Wetland Top Path Proposal)

04/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At yesterday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 29th April 2020 were approved. They are available here:

2020.04.29 Woodland Minutes final

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the June meeting (there was no meeting in May) will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 29th July 2020 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Woodland Work, June 2020

Just to update folk – a small amount of maintenance has been carried out in the woodland to reduce the number of stumps on the Phipps Road path and to clear some of the scrag hawthorns. We have also removed the fallen branch that was blocking this path and the logs that had been piled up in the story telling circle.

06/20 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 24th June 2020.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoBecause of the Coronavirus outbreak this meeting will be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

 

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Download the agenda here:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 24/06/2020

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meeting and the latest Woodland news  are here.

05/20 Woods Committee Meeting

No Meeting This May

The May meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 27th May 2020.

Because of the Coronavirus outbreak lockdown, very little work has been possible in the Woodland and as, a result, the decision has been taken to cancel this meeting.

We now expect the next meeting of the Woodland Management Team to take place on Wednesday 24th June 2020. This will be confirmed by a posting here and a notice on parish noticeboards in the week before the event.

If you have any issues to raise regarding the Woodland in the meantime please email the Committee’s secretary: signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meeting and the latest Woodland news  are here.

New Trees In The Woods

Please Help Them To Survive

Earlier this year the village was given hundreds of new tree saplings by the Woodland Trust to  help improve the diversity of trees in the Woodland.

young trees in the woodland

Local residents helped to plant these out; young plants protected by plastic sleeves to help make sure they survived and thrived.

Sadly, in some places the plastic sleeves have been stripped off and, in others, saplings uprooted. One area, see below, has had all the new trees uprooted.Where new trees have been uprooted

Maybe it’s animals doing this. Maybe it’s just thoughtlessness. Maybe it’s vandalism.

Please, do anything you can to help these young saplings survive by telling kids how important these saplings are, by challenging anyone you see interfering with saplings or by letting the Woodland Management Committee know if you think vandalism is the cause: email the Management Team.

 

02/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At yesterday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 26th February 2020 were approved. They are available here:

2020.02.26 Woodland Minutes Final

 

Or you can download the minutes here.

Minutes of the April meeting (there was no meeting in March) will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee is planned to be on 27th May 2020 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room or on-line using Zoom, depending on Covid-19 lock-down restrictions..

Meetings are public and all may attend / join via e-media. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

04/20 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the meeting of the great Central Woodland Management Team on Wednesday 29th April 2020.

Meeting By Video-Conference

Zoom LogoBecause of the Coronavirus outbreak this meeting will be held electronically using the Zoom Video Conferencing & Meeting service. Members of the public can also follow the meeting but need to connect to the Zoom service (free of charge). If you wish to listen to the meeting you should contact Councillor Blackwell before the day of the meeting for details of what you need to do on: paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org

Agenda

20200429 great central wood cmte agenda final

 

Download the agenda here:-    Woodland Management Meeting Agenda 29/04/2020

Parish Council meetings are open to the public. All are welcome to listen in.

About Your Woodland Management Team

The Great Central Woodland Management Team was set up by the Parish Council to manage the woodland on behalf of the village. Meetings usually take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Details of the Woodland and links to the work of the Woodland Management Team can be found here. Agendas and minutes of meeting and the latest Woodland news  are here.

Tree Pruning Today

On Monday 23rd March there will be some tree pruning on the railway bridge over Hinton Road.

There may be some short hold ups for traffic (assuming there is any!) as we don’t want to drop branches onto folks’ cars!

Please watch out for those helping to control any traffic.

Woodland Management Committee

March 25th was the date scheduled for the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee.

We have decided to cancel this meeting.

The next meeting is currently planned to be April 29th and we will review that nearer the date.

If anyone has concerns over woodland management issues in the mean time please email myself as secretary (signposteditor@woodfordcummembris-pc.org) or the Chairman Paul Blackwell (paul.blackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org).

The sapling planting currently planned for Saturday 21st March at 10:30 is still expected to go ahead. (Contact: Ruth Curzon).

On Monday 23rd March there will be some tree pruning on the railway bridge over Hinton Road. There may be some short hold ups for traffic as we don’t want to drop branches onto folks’ cars!

 

Can You Help Plant Some Trees

Renewing The Woodland

Part of the management plan for the Great Central Woodland involves planting new, traditional, native broad leaved trees.

The Great Central Woodland team is are looking for volunteers of all ages to spare a couple of hours on Saturday the 21st March at 10.30 am to help with planting.

This is the the last of hundreds of saplings the Woodland was were given by the Woodland Trust back in November.

There are Wild Cherry, Rowan and Willow to plant down the path opposite the new Memorial Glade then heading down towards the Byfield Road.

It shouldn’t take us long and you are welcome to do a bit of litter picking with us afterwards if you can.  Meet up in the new Memorial Glade near the seats.

If you can come along message Ruth Curzon or text  on 07855040710 if you can join in.

new saplings in the woodland

01/20 Woods Committee Minutes

At yesterday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 29th January 2020 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 29th January 2020

Minutes of the February meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 25th March 2020 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Woodland Update

A couple of bits of news from the Woodland team….

Response To Storms Ciara & Dennis.

Following the severe winds between the dates of 07 & 22 February 2020 (including storms Ciara & Dennis) the Woodland team carried out inspections to assess damage.

The storms have caused a number of trees to fall and / or snap (particularly some pines & “frail” older trees).

Inspections have occurred on a regular basis and fallen trees & branches have been cleared from paths (by Paul Blackwell with assistance from Councillor Pat Knight).  We estimate around a dozen trees or large branches affected paths throughout the Woodland.

A further 2 damaged trees have been professionally felled (by Gullivers Tree Solutions) and some small fallen trees blocking the entrance to the Woodland from Kitchen Lane have also been cleared.

Some New Oaks

It’s not all bad news for the trees in the Woodland. Wendy Silverwood kindly donated some young oak saplings to the Woodland. These have now been planted in the Woodland as part of our plan to increase the number of native broad leaf species in the woods.

Station Road New RampStation Road Ramp

As a result of funding made available by the Parish Council, the Woodland team has been able to carry out work to re-profile the path up the bank from Station Road. (see picture)

The resurfacing and lower gradient should make access easier, especially to the Memorial Glade, and the surface should be less muddy in wet weather.

Work was done to conserve the pillar at the end of the bridge retaining wall. The cap stone for the pillar has also been put back in position.

 

 

02/2020 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Railway Bridge

Brick Work Needed

Bridge pillarAs part of the work being done to improve the Station Road access to the Woodland, digging has uncovered the base of a plinth (see photo right) that once held a stone cap as part of the retaining wall for the railway bridge.

The brickwork has been buried for over 50 years and is in a pretty sorry state.

The Woodland Management team is looking for a bricklayer who could repair the pillar by resetting the bricks and re-pointing as needed. It looks like about five courses of brickwork are affected. Our contractor will replace the capstone. Ideally we need this work done during this week before the rest of work can be done on the slope of the path.

The aim is to try to re-create the pillar as the twin of the one on the opposite side of the road, re-using the cap stone that was also buried in the rubble of the old embankment. (see below)

existing pillar on south side of station road Here’s a couple of more shots of the pillar and the capstone. If you think that you could do something about this or know of a bricklayer / builder that could, please contact Paul Blackwell on email at paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org or by phone on 07872 860540.

pillar in a sorry state

original capstone

12/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At yesterday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 18th December 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 18th December 2019

Minutes of the January meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 26th February 2020 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

01/2020 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 29th January 2020 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Vice-Chairman, Robert Snedker, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Memorial Glade Stone

Memorial Stone & plateWe have updated the page in the Memorial Glade part of the site that details how to apply for a plaque on the stone.

A downloadable form and details of how to apply can be found at…

Memorial Glade / Memorial Stone

We’ve also added an updated version of the printable Memorial Glade Guide accessible from the Memorial Glade page or from here ….

Memorial Glad Guidelines

11/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At yesterday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th November 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 27th November 2019

Minutes of the December meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 29th January 2020 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Memorial Glade Thanks

To All That Made This Possible

With the installation of the plaque on the Glade’s Memorial Stone it is a good time to say a big “Thank You” to all those that made this possible, to Kay Coles (whose original idea it was) and to Peter Deverill who led the project for the Woodland Management Committee.

Memorial Stone and new plate.Thanks are due to:-

  • Cummins for their work on clearance, path laying, purchase and installation of path edging and the Memorial Stone plate.
  • Darren Bennetts for the Memorial Stone.
  • Andre Nutter at Amber Screen & Display for contributing the Memorial Stone header plaque.
  • Main Line Timber for the fencing.
  • The sponsors of the memorial benches: Mr & Mrs Cockerill, Mrs Griffin, Mr & Mrs Thorne.
  • The anonymous donor that provided the rowan trees.
  • Woodford Halse volunteers that helped with path laying and Ian Dobson and Byron Potter for installing the new memorial plaque on the stone in the Woodland’s Memorial Glade.

To find out more about how you can use the memorial Glade see the Memorial Glade Guidelines.

 

Woodland Planting

A big thank you to the volunteers who came along in the horrible weather this morning to help plant new trees in the Woodland.

Planting Volunteers

The new trees were donated by the Woodland Trust and we planted at least 275 of them in the wetland area of the woods after clearing the ground together. Well done guys good job done thank you.

This will help re-establish some traditional English broad leaf trees in the riverside part of the Woodland.

Newly Planted Trees in Riverside

 

12/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 18th December 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Woodland Tree Planting

Don’t Forget Volunteers Needed 14/12/19

With all the Christmas trees going up around the village, don’t forget that we need help to plant trees in the woodland. We’re looking for tree planting volunteers please on Saturday 14th December at 11am.

Logo of The Woodland TrustThe Woodland Trust has very kindly donated 435 new little saplings, a mixture of rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple and green willow.

The ground has been prepared in the riverside part of the Woodland and we now need some volunteers for a couple of hours (children welcome with adults) to help plant these.

Riverside Treet Planting Area

If you can come along, please meet at the Byfield Road end of the Cinder Path close to the Great Central Way industrial park at 11:00am on Saturday 14th December. Bring bulb planters or a small spade.

Thank you from the Great Central Woodland Committee.

Telephone Ruth Curzon for any information 07855040710.

Memorial Glade Update

Memorial Plaque Installed

Many thanks to Ian Dobson and Byron Potter for installing the new memorial plaque on the stone in the Woodland’s Memorial Glade.
Memorial Stone and new plate.
The new plaque will carry nameplates for any in the village wishing to have their loved ones remembered here. To find out more about how you can have a plaque added to the stone see the Memorial Glade Guidelines.

 

10/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 23rd October 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 23rd October 2019

These minutes refer to this Planting Plan for trees in the riverside area this winter. Subsequent to this month’s meeting the planting has been scheduled for December 14th.

Minutes of the November meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 18th December 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Plant A Tree For The Woodland

Volunteers Needed 14/12/19

We’re looking for tree planting volunteers please on Saturday 14th December at 11am.

We have been very kindly donated 435 new little saplings, a mixture of rowan, silver birch, wild cherry, common oak, field maple and green willow.

The ground has been prepared in the riverside part of the Woodland and we now need some volunteers for a couple of hours (children welcome with adults) to help plant these.

Riverside Treet Planting Area

If you can come along, please meet at the Byfield Road end of the Cinder Path close to the Great Central Way industrial park at 11:00am on Saturday 14th December. Bring bulb planters or a small spade.

Thank you from the Great Central Woodland Committee.

Telephone Ruth Curzon for any information 07855040710.

11/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th November 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Remembrance Day in the Memorial Glade

As part of the village’s Remembrance Day commemorations, Paul Blackwell, Vice Chair of the Parish Council and Chair of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee, laid a wreath at the stone in the Woodland Memorial Glade.

Paul Blackwell laying a wreath at the Mmemorial Stone
Memorial Stone & Wreath
Armed Forces Memorial Bench

09/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 25th September 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 25th September 2019

Minutes of the October meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 27th November 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

10/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

07/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th July 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th July 2019

Minutes of the September meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 23rd October 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Surveying

Just so folk know…

The surveying work currently (Thursday a.m.) being done on the Station Road end of the path across to the Co-op is associated with the work that the Woodland Management Committee hopes to get done to provide a gentler slope up the bank that could be used by motorised wheelchair users, for example.

We don’t yet have confirmation that this work can be done. The survey work is being done to ensure it is costed accurately and to provide a design that we hope will allow us to get funding support.

 

09/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Woodland Litter

Byfield Rd / Phipps Road Entrance

The Parish Council has just arranged for two new litter bins to be installed at entrances to the Woodland.

There is one by the Co-op and one at the Phipps Road / Byfield Road Junction entrance to the Woodland.

Please use these bins to help keep the Woodland litter-free.

Thank you.

Co-op Entrance

 

 

 

 

Woodland Work

Improving Station Road Access

One of the projects that the Woodland Management Team has been keen to get done is to improve the sloped access up the Bank at the Station Road entrance.

The aim is to reduce the slope in order to make it easier to get to the Memorial Glade and across to the Co-op.

Work is currently going on to change the route of the path up the bank to make the slope gentler.

Please watch out for digging work at the Station Road end of the path.

While this is happening there is a short diversion to the path but this is steeper than the current path – you may prefer to go around by the road until the work is complete.

Station Road Access Work

 

 

Chipping Volunteers Needed

It’s rather short notice but the Woodland team has the use of a chipping machine for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week to help clear more vegetation and to continue the work on improving path surfaces.

Volunteers Chipping In The WoodsVolunteers are needed to help feed wood into the machine and rake chippings over the paths, mainly at the Byfield Road end of the Bank.

Sessions will run from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 1:00 to 3:30 on each day.

We really need two people for each session.

Hard hats and face masks provided, you just need yourself and a bottle of water (if the weather’s anything like last week!).

 

If you can help, please email: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

Woodland News

It’s Your Woodland #2

Back in March 2017 we issued “It’s Your Woodland“, introducing the way that the woods were going to be managed for the benefit of the village.

OIts Your Woodland #2 CoverTwo years later, a lot has happened and you should be receiving, through your doors, a copy of a new edition to bring you up to date.

For those that like an electronic version you can also read it here:

It’s Your Woodland #2

(Please note: this download was missing a caption on back page, it has now been corrected. Some readers have reported problems with the link to the Management Plan for the woodland: (tinyurl.com/y5m5gnll ). This should now work or you can find it here: Management Plan

06/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 26th June 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 26th June 2019

Minutes of the July meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 25th September 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room (No meeting in August).

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

07/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 24th July 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

05/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 22nd May 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 22nd May 2019

Minutes of the June meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 24th July 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Litter & The Woods

News From Wednesday Night’s Woodland Committee Meeting

Two pieces of news on litter and the Woodland, from Wednesday’s meeting  …

Great Central Woodland LogoFirstly, there will be a Woodland Litter Pick on Saturday 13th July.

Volunteers Needed!

Please meet in the car park behind the Library at 10:00am. Litter picking kits will be provided.

Secondly, the Parish Council has agreed to fund three new litter bins at the main entrances to the Woodland (Station Road, Phipps Road Byfield Road junction and Co-op). The bins will be emptied by Daventry District Council as part of their existing service. Ideally please still take your litter home but hopefully these bins will make it easier for folk to avoid dropping litter in the Woodland.

Summer 2019 Woodland Work

Tree Felling Will Be Restarting Next Week

We have just been told that our felling contractors, Powell Forestry, expect to be returning to work in the Great Central Woodland next week.

Work will include:-

Clearance of previously felled timber.

Creating another “ride” through the woodland : a break intended to allow remaining trees to grow more strongly.

Thinning trees on the bank adjacent to the Cinder Path and Pig Path.

We do not have exact dates and times yet but we will post details as soon as we do.

Please take care if you are in the woodland; follow warning signs and the directions of our contractors.

Please warn children that it is NOT SAFE for them to play in the woodland during felling operations.

Felled timber is the property of the contractors and is helping to save the village the costs of the felling. Felled timber should not be taken from the Woodland.

Forestry Work Warning Sign

Why is this being done?

Great Central Woodland LogoThis is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We are removing some trees so that the others can grow better. The tracks in the woodland are also being widened. This process, called ‟thinning” is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

How Has This Been Planned?

This is part of the largest forestry project carried out in the Woodland for twenty years. It involves the removal of around 600 tonnes of timber. The costs of the work are being covered by sale of the timber, which is also returning cash to the Parish’s accounts for the benefit of the village. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

All work carried out in the Woodland is done under a Management Plan that has been agreed with the Forestry Commission. The Plan was developed and approved by the Woodland Management Committee. The Commission has provided a felling license that allows this work to be carried out.  For information a copy of the license is available here: Great Central Woodland Felling License.  It refers to “Part 1” this can be found in the Management Plan available here.

What Will The Impact of This Work Be?

Unfortunately, during this work, there will be some inconvenience to those living nearby and to users of the Woodland.

The Woodland Management Committee is working with the contractors to minimise any problems but wishes to apologise for any inconvenience resulting from these essential works.

06/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 26th June 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

04/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th April 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th April 2019

Minutes of the May meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 26th June 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

05/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

03/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th March 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 27th March 2019

Minutes of the April meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 22nd May 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

04/19 Woods Committee Agenda

Woodland LogoThe agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 24th April 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Help Needed!

Work is now nearly finished on the Memorial Glade in the woodland, a space for quiet reflection and to memorialise local residents and others with a connection with Woodford.

Memorial StoneThe Memorial Stone is intended to carry plaques to list those remembered. We think we need a metal plate about 2 feet x 3 feet for the face of the stone that will carry the plaques and an engraved message but no-one in the current team has the skills, tools or materials to create this.

If you think that you could help, please contact Peter Deverill who is co-ordinating the work on the Memorial Glade. You can get him on 01327 263537 or by email at peterdeverill@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

Sorry for the Noise!

Apologies to anyone that is disturbed by the work going on in the woodland this week, especially folks in Sidney Road, Cherwell Terrace and Bankside.

We are using a motorised chipping machine to grind up some of the small branches left over from the felling. This will help to tidy up and to improve the surface on the long path running from the Memorial Glade in the south to the Byfield Road in the north.

Chipper in the Woodland with VolunteersThe chipping is going on over three days – today, Tuesday & Wednesday. Village volunteers and staff from Cummins are helping. Work will be between 10:00am and 3:30pm each day. The chipper will move along the path as the work is done, so we hope that the noise will not be too much of a problem in any one place.

The people working on the chipping machine are briefed on safety and keep a watch for walkers and dogs but please, if you are using the path, keep an ear out for us and watch out.

 

Woodlands – Can You Help?

On 15th, 16th, 17th April we will have a machine available to to start to create woodchip pathways from some of the fallen branches resulting from the thinning work in the Woods.

We need some volunteers to help with collecting up branches and feeding them into the chipper and with wheel-barrowing and spreading chippings on paths to help improve the surfaces.

We are particularly looking for help in two hour sessions in the afternoon of Monday 15th and Wednesday 16th and in both morning and afternoon on Tuesday 16th.

If you can help, or for more information, please contact Ruth Curzon by phone on 07855040710 or by email: volunteers@greatcentralwoodland.org.

02/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 27th February 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 27th February 2019

Minutes of the March meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 24th April 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

03/19 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Thanks to all!

 

Thanks to everyone yesterday for slowing down while we were dealing with dangerous trees on the bank by the railway bridge over Station Road.

 

We are trying to keep the delays and the mess to a minimum but these trees were not only in danger of falling, they could damage the bridge as well.

 

There’s more work going on over the next day or so. Please accept our apologies and slow down approaching the bridge.

 

 

01/19 Woods Committee Minutes

At wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 23rd January 2019 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 23rd January 2019

Minutes of the February meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 27th March 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Station Road Bridge

Work On The Trees On The Skew Bridge

Traffic Controls : Week Commencing 4th March

In the week commencing Monday, 4 March 2019 (all week), tree surgeons will be removing trees from around the old railway (Skew) bridge in Station Road, particularly on the Woodland side.  The trees & their roots pose a threat to the infrastructure of the bridge & therefore public safety in the area.  Traffic control will be in temporary place where tree felling may affect road users. This is most likely to be on Wednesday & Thursday of the week.

If anyone has any questions, please contract the Chairman of the Great Central Woodland, Paul Blackwell whose email address is paulblackwell@woodfordcummembris-pc.org.

02/19 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Bat & Bird Boxes In The Woodland

One of the aims of the Management Plan for the Great Central Woodland is to try to enhance the Woodland as a wildlife habitat. Ian Dobson – parish wildlife warden – has given an update on one of the efforts being used to promote wildlife in the woods:-

“We installed some woodcrete* nest boxes over the Xmas period along one of the widened rides.”

*Woodcrete nest and bat boxes  are a mix of concrete and wood. This means the boxes last for years with less replacement expense (time and money). With more insulation than just wood, these boxes also provide better protection for the bats and birds from temperature extremes.

“The picture shows four bat boxes installed on one tree giving the hopeful occupants the favourable temperature they require for roosting or hibernation. The remaining bird boxes were placed within the plantation off the ride to give different species of birds – probably tits  – a secure roosting and nesting place.”

“The boxes need to be fairly robust to stop grey squirrels from enlarging the holes and eating the young birds! Great spotted woodpeckers will do this too. ”

“In this picture you can see squirrel damage on some wooden boxes..not 6 months old!”

We will post again if we succeed in encouraging any new species of wildlife over the coming months.

You can read more about nature in the woodland here.

Cummings On Track

Mike Fern and the rest of the gang from Cummings have been helping out again in the Woodland this week.

This week work has been focused on clearing vegetation left behind by the thinning on the track leading north from the Memorial Glade. There’s still a lot to do but great work so far!

12/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 7th December 2018 (there was no meeting November) were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 7th December 2018

Minutes of the January meeting will be available following the next meeting, at which they will be approved.

Please note the next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will be on 27th February 2019 at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room, and not as proposed in last night’s agenda.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

01/19 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for this month’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

10/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Friday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th October 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 24th October 2018

Minutes of the December meeting will be available following the next  meeting at which they will be approved.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on January 23rd at 7:00pm at 17, Parsons Street. The agenda will be posted here the week before.

Woods Committee Change

Please note: the meeting of the Great Central Woodland Committee will start at 6:30pm on Friday 7th December and not at 7:00pm as previously advised.

The agenda (available from this post) has been amended accordingly.

12/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for this week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available.

The Committee will meet at 6:30pm on Friday 7th December 2018 in the Farndon Room, behind the Library.

Download a copy of the agenda here.

All are welcome to attend. If you have issues to raise please email the Chairman, Paul Blackwell, or the secretary, John Williams, before the meeting.

 

Pathway Progress

Today, a group of six Cummins staff, including 2 student placements, with the help of Darren & Tim from Gulliver Tree Solutions, managed to complete a path connecting the Cinder Path to Kitchen Lane, in the Woodland alongside the Byfield Road.

Our hope is that eventually this will become an all-weather path that can provide an alternate route to school, avoiding the need for parents to keep crossing and recrossing the Byfield Road.

So far, it is walkable but you will need some care and wellington boots on the first 25 metres from Kitchen Lane! The rest is reasonable for walkers but not for parents with buggies yet. We will be improving the whole path next year to make it more accessible to all, this will include installing some drainage and perhaps an elevated access at Kitchen Lane.

Many thanks to all participants! Without their help we would not have managed to have got as far with this project to date.

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More Woodland Work

In early November, Cummins provided another massive volunteer effort, helping in the planned programme of improvements in the woodland. Twenty nine volunteers from the company helped out with a number of tasks:

  • removing and chipping vegetation to improve the paths to provide better access. This will tread in with time but the addition of the wood chippings should make the paths less muddy in winter.
  • chipping some of the loose cuttings from the current round of felling to help improve insect habitats.
  • tidying up the area around the children’s story-telling circle and chipping the surface for improved accessibility.
  • clearing the area beside the Co-op to allow removal of plastic rubbish and barbed wire hidden by the undergrowth (eventually we hope to replant this area with shrubs)
  • first steps on clearing what we hope will eventually become a path close to the Byfield Road from the Cinder Track where it meets Byfield Road to Kitchen Lane. The plan is to provide an alternative route to school for parents along the Byfield Road and in Woodford Meadows, but future work will depend on the availability of resources and funding.

In addition to thanking Cummins for their efforts we would also like to thank Darren Bennetts and Tim of  Gulliver Tree Solutions who supervised the work and provided the chipper free-of-charge.

Cummins “Big Day” Team with the Chipper
Clearing Up Around the Children’s Story Circle
Chipped paths are part of work to make the Woodland accessible to all.
First steps in creating a new “walk to school” path parallel to the Byfield Road.

09/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 26th September 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 26th September 2018

Minutes of the October meeting will be available following the next  meeting at which they will be approved.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on December 7th at 7:00pm at 17, Parsons Street.

Woodland Work Restarted

Please Be Aware Tree Felling Has Restarted

Work has begun again to complete the thinning of tress in the woodland that was planned for earlier this year.

Please take care if you are in the woodland and follow warning signs and the directions of our contractors.

Please warn children that it is NOT SAFE for them to play in the woodland during felling operations.

Felled timber is the property of the contractors and is helping to save the village the costs of the felling. Felled timber should not be taken from the Woodland.

Why is this being done?

This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We are removing some trees so that the others can grow better. The tracks in the woodland are also being widened. This process, called ‟thinning” is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

How Has This Been Planned?

This is part of the largest forestry project carried out in the Woodland for twenty years. It involves the removal of around 600 tonnes of timber. The costs of the work are being covered by sale of the timber. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

All work carried out in the Woodland is done under a Management Plan that has been agreed with the Forestry Commission. The Plan was developed and approved by the Woodland Management Committee. The Commission has provided a felling license that allows this work to be carried out.  For information a copy of the license is available here: Great Central Woodland Felling License.  It refers to “Part 1” this can be found in the Management Plan available here.

What Will The Impact of This Work Be?

Unfortunately, during this work, there will be some inconvenience to those living nearby and to users of the Woodland.

The Woodland Management Committee is working with the contractors to minimise any problems but wishes to apologise for any inconvenience resulting from these essential works.