Category Archives: Central Woods

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

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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

 

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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

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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.

10/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 24th October 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.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: We anticipate that felling work will restart shortly. When more details are available these will be published.

More Cummins Help

Hats off to Cummins for another great day’s help in the Woodland. Led by Mike, 3 full time and 2 university placement students finished clearing the remainder of main footpaths in the wood.

We’re sure everyone will be pleased with the result.

Great Support from Cummins!

Cummins Diesel staff helped out again in the Woodland today.

Three of their full time team and three university placement students spent today raking out dead surface thatch from the Memorial Glade area and then completely raked the Co-op to Byfield Road path along its whole length, clearing debris from the recent thinning operations.

Many thanks to all of them and thanks to Cummins for helping us to improve the Great Central Woodland.

The Cummins Team Helping Out at the Great Central Woodland Memorial Glade (Photo: Peter Deverill)

08/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 22nd August 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 22 August 2018

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

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on October 24th at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

 

09/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 26th September 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.

Woodland Fire

From PCSO Carl Barton…

“Unknown persons have been setting fires in the woodland area of Woodford Halse.
If you know the offenders, please report on the 101 line or message me directly.”

This was around 6:00pm on Wednesday 19th September. The fire in the wood was at the top of the slope along the Byfield road wood path, leading down to the cinder path.

Thanks to those that took action and stopped it getting worse.

Just a shame we had to call the fire service away from possibly more serious calls.

 

Air Guns & The Woods

Recently there have been reports of air guns being used within the Great Central Woodland.

Air gun owners and parents are reminded that it is an offence to fire an airgun on land where you do not have permission to shoot.

The Parish Council has NOT given permission for any use of airguns on the land, either on the Bank or the Riverside. Any incidents of this kind WILL be reported to the police

There is a code of practice which explains responsible (and legal) use of airguns on the web site of the British Association for Shooting & Conservation.

07/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 25th July 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 25 July 2018

Minutes of the August meeting will be available following the September meeting at which they are approved.

Meetings are public and all may attend. The next meeting is on September 26th at 7:00pm in the Farndon Room.

 

Great (Central Woodland) Work!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who turned up to help start making the Habitat piles today.

We made a fantastic 13 new piles of fallen branches in two hours! Fantastic work when a team of people come together .

Our aim is that any members of the public can continue to do this on their own, picking up the fallen branches and laying them in piles away from the paths will tidy up the grounds of the wood to allow for the new growth.

The woods is only 40 % thinned out so far, so clearing up the chopped off branches will be an on-going project. It’s one of the many jobs that need to be continued, as part of managing the woods, so volunteers are always welcome. (if you would like to know about future volunteering opportunities let Ruth Curzon know)

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who came today. Many hands make light work and we did a great job together!

Here’s a few pictures (more on our Facebook page)…

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Help Woodford’s Wildlife

Come and Help Build Our First “Habitat Pile”

Sunday 19th August 12:00 – 14:00

Meet In The Co-op Car Park

We want to use some of the loose brushwood in the woodland to create better habitats for woodland wildlife. Woodford’s wildlife warden is leading a volunteer group to gather cut brushwood and stack it to create “habitat piles” and we’d like more help.

Here’s the sort of thing we’re planning to create….

Come along and join in, help to clear some of the brushwood and make the woodland better for wildlife. If you’d like to help, or for more information, contact Ruth Curzon, by email or on Facebook.

08/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 22nd August 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.

06/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 20th June 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 2o June 2018

 

Woodland Wood

Do you know these women & this car?

They were seen taking wood from the woodland.

They were asked to replace it but would not.

The wood cut down has been sold to the company doing the work to pay for the costs of the felling. Taking wood from the woodland is theft. Stealing wood is stealing from all village residents.

This theft has been reported to the police.

 

Woods Meeting Update

Following the recent Woodland Management Committee, we thought the village would like an update on progress.

The thinning project is now about 40% completed with trees affecting Bankside trimmed and the most recent work clearing trees on Phipps Road and Byfield Road that could affect power and telephone lines is nearing completion.

We have decided to stop work on tree felling during the summer holidays to avoid any risk to children. Work on the remaining 60% will restart after the holidays on a date yet to be agreed.

The thinning project has resulted in tree branches falling on paths, but these are being cleared. The appearance resulting from loose branches is improving as the material dies down and will create great wildlife habitats, but we know it doesn’t look good in some areas.   To address this we want to create some “habitat piles”. These use cleared brush and branches moved into neater stacks that can be colonised by insects and other woodland life. We would like to get the support of the village for this work.

Watch this space to find out more about how you can get involved, either as part of a “Habitat Pile Party” or during casual walks in the woods.

Another example, is that the effect of thinning the trees is it lets light into the woodland which leads to more undergrowth development. The Committee wants to make sure that paths remain clear.

In the past a number of village residents have expressed an interest in volunteering for work like these examples. We are now planning to put together a list of projects and will then come looking for helpers! If you would like to put your name forward for our volunteers list, please email volunteers@greatcentralwoodland.org.

(Minutes for the June meeting will be published shortly)

07/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 25th July 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.

Wood in the Woods

Just a reminder to everyone… the wood being felled in the woodland is NOT for free collection.

Wood cut down during thinning  in the woodland has been sold to the company doing the tree felling so that the parish, and resident’s taxes, don’t have to pay for the work.

Please leave wood for collection by the company doing the work.

Taking wood from the woodland is theft.

05/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 23rd May 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 23 May 2018

 

Woodland Warning

Please be aware that logging work is starting up again in the woodland.

We are removing previously felled timber. Please warn your children that playing in woodland when the current round of forestry work is going on is dangerous. Do not approach equipment being used to move timber. Please ensure your children do not play on felled timber as logs can roll without warning.

Police have already taken action over children behaving dangerously.

Tree-felling operations will restart shortly but without the harvester equipment. Trees will be felled with chainsaws. Do not go near tree felling operations.

06/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 20th June 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.

Woods Work Stopped

The Woodland Management Committee reports that they have had to stop work in the woodland as a result of interference by children both after school hours and during the school day.

This week and last there were instances of children interfering with felling operations.  The PCSO is dealing with the older children who were playing “chicken” with the mechanical harvester that fells and stacks trees.

On Tuesday this week, a young boy truanting from school was “camped” in the pathway of the harvester. This was in the deepest & thickest part of the wood – invisible from any paths until now. Luckily he was spotted by the operator before any trees could be felled in the vicinity.

Obviously this cannot continue. Work has stopped. The harvester equipment (which was an important part of the Committee’s plan to carry out this work without cost to the village) has now gone from site and the Committee is reassessing how to proceed.

Right now though, even though felling has stopped  the woodland is not a safe place away from the paths. Because the work has had to be interrupted, there is much laying timber. Unsafe trees that were planned for felling have yet to be dealt with. If you use the woodland, please stay on paths and be aware of felled timber.

The Committee will provide an update as soon as it is clear how work can proceed.

Woodland Problems!

Today’s work in the woodland had to be stopped when a child on a bike was found inside a taped-off area playing “chicken” with the tree-harvester.

It is hard to over-state how dangerous something like this is. When the harvester driver is working, the equipment is noisy and the driver’s attention is focused on the trees.

There is a significant danger that anyone approaching the machine would not be seen and so at risk of serious injury.

Would parents please warn their children to stay well away from the equipment while work is being carried out.

Woodland Work Began Today

Harvester On Site

As promised we are keeping you up to date on the work in the Woodland.

The first work on trimming trees adjacent to Bankside was carried out last week. For the main part of the work there was a delay due to the availability of the timber harvesting equipment. However it is on site today and the work on thinning the woodland can now begin.

The contractor will aim to work on week days only between 8 am & 6pm if possible.  He will work in “zones” to minimise danger to the public.

Please note: Although our contractor will take every care to ensure public safety, it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the areas where work is going on. Parents are asked to warn their children about the risks from machinery, falling trees and the additional traffic involved.

In the last phase of the work there will be traffic lights on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays. We will try to keep you updated on this.

Why is this being done?

This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We will be removing some trees so that the others can grow better. Identified diseased trees will be removed. The tracks in the woodland will also be 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 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 because:-

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 6:00pm, on weekdays and possibly over week ends, in order to complete it as quickly as possible.

  • It will involve noise from vehicles, saws and chain saws.

  • There will be additional traffic on the Byfield Road in order to remove the felled timber.

  • It may involve closures of access at various times on the paths in the Woodland and traffic controls on Phipps Road.

  • A transfer station allowing wood from small vehicles to be put onto larger ones will be operated on the SARA field access road.

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.

04/18 Woods Committee Minutes

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

Woodland Committee Minutes 24 Apr 2018

 

05/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00pm on Wednesday 23rd May 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.

Woodland Work News

Work To Start Tuesday 8th May

As promised we are letting you know about the date for the work in the Woodland.

Following a meeting with the contractor this morning, we now expect the work to begin on Tuesday, immediately after the Bank Holiday.  We have been assured that birds will be respected and other forestry concerns will be recognised.

The contractor will aim to work on week days only between 8 am & 6pm if possible.  He will work in “zones” to minimise danger to the public.

Please note: Although our contractor will take every care to ensure public safety, it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the areas where work is going on. Parents are asked to warn their children about the risks from machinery, falling trees and the additional traffic involved.

In the last phase of the work there will be traffic lights on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays. We will try to keep you updated on this.

Why is this being done?

This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We will be removing some trees so that the others can grow better. Identified diseased trees will be removed. The tracks in the woodland will also be 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 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 because:-

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 6:00pm, on weekdays and possibly over week ends, in order to complete it as quickly as possible.

  • It will involve noise from vehicles, saws and chain saws.

  • There will be additional traffic on the Byfield Road in order to remove the felled timber.

  • It may involve closures of access at various times on the paths in the Woodland and traffic controls on Phipps Road.

  • A transfer station allowing wood from small vehicles to be put onto larger ones will be operated on the SARA field access road.

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.

03/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 21st March 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 21 Mar 2018

 

04/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:30 (approx) on Tuesday 24th April 2018 in the Memorial Hall. The meeting will take place directly after the Annual Parish Meeting.

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 Warning

Don’t Forget The Work In The Woodland

As advised previously (here) there will be tree felling going on in the Woodland. Dates will be confirmed shortly.

Although our contractors will take every care to ensure public safety it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the Woodland during the time that the work is being carried out. Parents are asked to warn their children about the risks from machinery, falling trees and the additional traffic involved.

In the last phase of the work traffic lights will be operating on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays. We will try to keep you updated on this.

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This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We will be removing some trees so that the others can grow better. Identified diseased trees will be removed. The tracks in the woodland will also be widened. This process, called ‟thinning”, will be carried out by professional contractors. This work is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

The work is being done under a license provided by the Forestry Commission. 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.

This is 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 this are being covered by sale of the timber. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

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

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 8:00pm, on weekdays and possibly over week ends, in order to complete it as quickly as possible.

  • It will involve noise from vehicles, saws and chain saws.

  • There will be additional traffic on the Byfield Road in order to remove the felled timber.

  • It may involve closures of access at various times on the paths in the Woodland and traffic controls on Phipps Road.

  • A transfer station allowing wood from small vehicles to be put onto larger ones will be operated on the SARA field access road.

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.

Although our contractors will take every care to ensure public safety it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the Woodland during the time that the work is being carried out.

02/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last Wednesday’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 21st February 2018 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 21 Feb 2018

 

Woodland Warning

The March edition of WOW carried a warning about forthcoming work in the woodland. This had to be postponed because of the weather. We now have a planned date: April 9th to 23rd 2018. This will be confirmed closer to the time.

Watch out for more notices on the Signpost and around the village.

In the last phase of the work traffic lights will be operating on Phipps Road to control traffic during felling operations. This may cause traffic delays.

This is all part of the work we need to do to manage the Woodland. We will be removing some trees so that the others can grow better. Identified diseased trees will be removed. The tracks in the woodland will also be widened. This process, called ‟thinning”, will be carried out by professional contractors. This work is part of the long-term Management Plan agreed with the Forestry Commission.

This is a major project – 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 this are being covered by sale of the timber. It will put the Woodland on a sound footing for the next ten years.

Unfortunately, during this work, there will be some inconvenience to those living nearby and to users of the woodland because:-

  • Work will be taking place between 08:00am to 8:00pm, on weekdays and possibly over week ends, in order to complete it as quickly as possible.

  • It will involve noise from vehicles, saws and chain saws.

  • There will be additional traffic on the Byfield Road in order to remove the felled timber.

  • It may involve closures of access at various times on the paths in the Woodland and traffic controls on Phipps Road.

  • A transfer station allowing wood from small vehicles to be put onto larger ones will be operated on the SARA field access road.

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.

Although our contractors will take every care to ensure public safety it is not possible to close off the Woodland and you are strongly advised to avoid the Woodland during the time that the work is being carried out.

Please Leave The Planings

There are some piles of road planings at points around the edge of the Woodland.

These are needed for various path resurfacing projects in the Woodland, for the benefit of all the village.

At least one of the piles has mysteriously shrunk.

Please do not take this material, it is going to be used for some work starting shortly.

03/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Wednesday 21st March 2018 in the Farndon Room (rear of 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 Cummins

At the recent Woodland Management Committee meeting it was felt that we ought to let the village know just how much support has been received from Cummins Power Systems in Daventry.

Cummins work on community projects across the UK and globally as part of the company’s Corporate Responsibility programme. The Woodland has had the benefit of their efforts in a range of different projects.

The Cummins team has worked alongside volunteers from the village and Committee members in a number of areas including:-

  • Providing the sleepers that were then used for bridging etc.

  • Providing labour to clear the river from the bridge to the culvert

  • Helping to keep the woodland clear of litter and to clear rubble, scrap metal and rubbish

  • Provided a large number of helpers in October to help prepare the area that will become the Memorial Glade by clearing trees & rubbish.

We are working with Cummins to organise a further programme of work for this year but we would like to put on record our thanks for the support that they have given us so far in trying to create and maintain a sustainable woodland for the benefit of the whole community.

01/18 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 24th January 2018 (there was no meeting in December) were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 24 Jan 2018

 

02/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Wednesday 21st February 2018 in the Farndon Room (rear of 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 clerk, John Williams, before the meeting.

Woodland Signage

You may have noticed that the village now has some new signs at the entries to the Great Central Woodland.

The Parish would like to thank County Councillor Robin Brown for supporting this by making funds available from the Northamptonshire County Empowerment Fund which supports community projects.

To go with the signs we have published a few simple rules that we ask all users of the Woodland to follow please. You can reach this via the Woodland web page.

PLUS: If you don’t know what the black and white blobby square is on the signs, it’s called a QR code. If your phone has a QR code app, you can point your phone’s camera at the code and it will show you the Woodland web page. Assuming you can get a signal… 🙂

11/17 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting on 16th November 2017 were approved. They are available here:

Woodland Committee Minutes 16 Nov 2017

 

01/18 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Wednesday 24th January 2018 in the Farndon Room (rear of 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 clerk, John Williams, before the meeting.

Woodland Happy Xmas

A happy Christmas to all from the Woodland Management Committee.

Here’s one of the projects for next year, the Memorial Area, where the first clearance work has already been carried out. You can find out more about what is planned for the Memorial Glade here.

Keep up to date with all that is going on in the Woodland by checking in here or by following our Facebook page.

Woods Memorial Glade

One of the ideas put forward soon after it was suggested that the Parish should buy the  Woodland was to create a remembrance area, a Memorial Glade. This would be especially to remember the lives of those that worked on the railway but for all of Woodford, Hinton and West Farndon too.

Peter Deverill has been working with a number of Committee members on proposals for this. At last night’s meeting, he outlined plans to set aside an area to the south of the Station Road – Coop path. This would be created as a quiet space and would have seating, a place where memorial plaques could be put and an area where, with prior approval, ashes can be scattered. The area was cleared of scrub as part of the recent work carried out in the Woodland.

The Committee agreed that he should proceed with a detailed plan, identifying a source for trees to be planted, seating, fencing to separate the glade from the path and for managing the placing of memorial plaques, etc.  The group will also talk to local faith groups to ensure their needs are met.

If anyone has ideas that they feel should be incorporated in the plan, the Committee members can be reached using the email address theteam@greatcentralwoodland.org.

10/18 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 27th October 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee. These were approved at the committee meeting on Thursday 16th November.

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Keep up to date with all the posts from the Woods Committee here.

(Please note there will be no December meeting of the Woodland Management Committee. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th January)

 

11/17 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on Thursday 16th November 2017 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy here.

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

This will be the last meeting for 2017. The Committee will meet again in January 2018.

09/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 27th September 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the committee meeting, on Wednesday 25th October.

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Keep up to date with all the posts from the Woods Committee here.

(Please note the November meeting of the Woodland Management Committee will take place on Thursday 16th November and not as previously advised)

 

Woods Plans Approved

Management Plan Accepted by the Forestry Commission

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee is pleased to announce that the Woodland Management Plan has been approved by the Forestry Commission.

This is an important milestone for the Woodland.

The Forestry Commission is responsible for protecting and expanding forests and woodlands in England and Scotland. By having an approved plan, we will be able to apply for grants to help meet the costs of managing the woodland.

We will also be able to carry out essential works in line with the Management Plan without additional bureaucracy, making woodland management easier.

We are pleased to make available the details of the plan which was compiled with the help of much local input and the guidance of experienced foresters. A copy is available here: – Woodland Management Plan and from the Great Central Woodland page.

10/17 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee will meet at 7:00 on 25th October 2017 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy here.

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

Woodland Feedback Please…

The Woods Committee wants the Woodland to be used by as many as possible but in ways that any one group doesn’t interfere with the enjoyment of another.

The recent vandalism at the Story Telling Circle highlights the problems in doing this. Discarded broken glass is particularly a problem.

The Committee are keen to hear from youngsters in the village, parents and other residents what they think should be done to provide facilities that would be useful.

Please let us know your thoughts by email theteam@greatcentralwoodland.org or text ideas to 07855040710 thank you.

Story Circle : Warning

Sadly there has been deliberate damage to the Story Telling Circle in the Woodland.

One of the logs in the centre has been removed and set on fire. There are charred remains and a lot of bottles and empty cans plus lots of broken glass.

The site needs to be tidied and broken glass removed and logs checked before young children can use it again.

Woodland Committee Seek New Member

Great Central Woodland Management Committee needs a new member.

The Committee is looking for a Woodford Halse resident to volunteer.

Could you help with two hours in an evening at a meeting once a month (usually the last Wednesday of the month)?

The Committee makes decisions about projects involving the Woodland and recommends expenditure to the Parish Council.

The Committee is keen to attract someone with land management or woodland management experience but an enthusiasm to get involved is equally important.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the Paul Blackwell, Chairman of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee. You can reach Paul by email here.

Members of the Committee are required to abide by the Council Members’ Code of Conduct.

You can learn more of the work of the Committee by reading the Minutes of Previous Meetings which are available here.

 

08/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 24th August 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the September committee meeting, last night.

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Keep up to date with all the posts from the Woods Committee here.

 

Woods Litter Pick

Come & Help!

Volunteers wanted to help clear litter in our village woodland. Please help us tidy up.

Saturday, 30th September, 2017

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Social Club for about 2 hours. Just turn up.

Bags & Gloves Provided.

Organised by Great Central Woodland Management Committee & Woodford cum Membris Parish Council

09/17 Woods Committee Agenda

The agenda for next week’s Great Central Woodland Management Committee is now available. The Committee meets at 7:00 in the Farndon Room (rear of the Library).

Download a copy here.

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

Woods News

Here’s a bulletin with an update on what’s been going on from the Woods Committee. Don’t forget you can stay in touch with all the latest Woods news here on the Signpost (follow the link to the Management Committee for a list of all news items relating to the Woods) or you can come to the Woodland Management Committee  meetings (watch the events page for dates) which are open to all.

New Signs Planned

We want to make sure that everyone knows the woodland area is owned by the community for the community. Signs are being produced to go at the main entrance points highlighting the land’s railway heritage and asking people to use the Woodland in a way that allows all to enjoy it.

Litter Pick

Litter in the Woodland continues to be a problem but we are going to have a community litter pick to help reduce the rubbish before the winter. This will take place on September 30th – all volunteers are welcome. (See our separate post)

Footpath Works & Drainage

Improving footpath surfaces and drainage remains an aim. We’ve added wooden access decking at the Station Road entrance to solve crossing the muddy area there.

Kids Story Circle

We want the woodland to be a place where parents and groups can help children enjoy their natural surroundings. The Story Circle (see details here) is our first step in that.

Memorial Area

It is proposed that part of the Woodland is set aside as a “Memorial Glade”, an area for quiet contemplation and to allow the scattering of ashes, especially for those with a connection to the railway. The current plan is to use an area to the south of the Station Road-Coop path for this.

Tree Management

Running a wood is like painting the Forth Bridge, the work never stops. After the first round of felling trees that were considered unsafe, there is a long term plan for managing the Woodland that we are producing for the Forestry Commission approval. More details will appear on the Signpost.

Safety & Emergency Hotline

Because the Woodland is a living thing, problems can arise at any time. The Committee now has the support of Barry Mansell of BM Landscaping for emergency tree clearance and we have an emergency email address: hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org.

Woods Committee

The next meeting of the Woods Committee is on September 27th. Everyone is welcome to attend. Watch out for the agenda and details here on the Signpost.

Stories in the Woods

If you go down to the woods today…..

There’s a brand new feature that the Woods Committee has installed for children.

The storytelling circle is ready for use.

The idea is that parents can share picture books with their young children using the logs as seats.

The area can also be used for groups within the community such as the school children, mother and toddler groups, playgroups and nursery children.

Also stories can be acted out with children such as searching for ‘The Gruffalo’ or ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’.

Please help keep this facility nice for the children of the village and do not deface the logs or drop litter. Many thanks!

And thanks to Alan and Glen for the installation.

Woodland Committee Seek New Member

Unfortunately one of the members of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee has had to resign due to increased work commitments that mean he is unable to be at meetings.

As a result, the Committee is looking for a Woodford Halse resident to volunteer as a member of the Committee. This involves a committment of two hours in an evening at a Committee meeting once a month (usually the last Wednesday of the month) plus as much as can be spared for projects relating to the Woodland. The Committee makes decisions about projects involving the Woodland and makes recommendations to the Parish Council regarding budgets and expenditure needed for the Woodland.

The Committee is keen to attract someone with land management or woodland management experience but an enthusiasm to get involved is equally important.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the Paul Blackwell, Chairman of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee. You can reach Paul by email here.

Members of the Committee are required to abide by the Council Members’ Code of Conduct.

You can learn more of the work of the Committee by reading the Minutes of Previous Meetings which are available here.

 

07/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 26th July 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the August committee meeting.

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08/17 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

06/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 28th Jun 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at the July committee meeting.

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The Woods 6 Months On

Woodland Progress Report

It’s just over six months since the Woodland Management Committee first met. Although there is still a lot to do (running a woodland is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge), we wanted to give the village an update on what has been done so far.

So, here’s what we (and our many volunteers, supporters and suppliers) have been up to. We have……..

  • Created a Management Plan for agreement with the Forestry Commission, funded by them. This will allow us to organise future activities and help us to get grant funding for different aspects of running the woodland.
  • Resurfaced the main paths (although there is still more to be done), graded access slopes where we could, removed old barbed wire fencing and opened up access across the water meadows.
  • Improved the drainage beside the Cinder Path to reduce the risk of flooding.
  • Got Northamptonshire County Council to fund a safety barrier over the culvert exit (to be installed).
  • Organised help from Cummings in Daventry through their volunteer labour scheme, clearing rubbish from the Cherwell.
  • Organised litter picks to clear rubbish from the woodland. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped!
  • Carried out a felling of dangerous and unhealthy trees; the first step in creating a safe, sustainable woodland (following on from the Council’s investment in a survey).
  • Raised £1,630 from the Regatta Tombola, the Fun Dog Show and from County Councillor Robin Browne’s Community Fund to go towards the costs of woodland projects, including signage and children’s activities. Thanks to all who contributed to these!
  • Set up a woodland hazard hot line (hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org) for anyone to report concerns with safety issues in the woodland.
  • Undertook a risk assessment and established an annual inspection regime.
  • Recruited twenty villagers who have come forward to offer their help as volunteers in woodland projects. Many thanks to them, we would love to hear from more.

Great Central Woodland Management Committee

Logs Missing

The logs cut down in the tree felling exercise last weekend were to have been sold with the money  going towards the costs of running the woodland.

They have disappeared!

We are talking about hundreds of pounds in value which has now been lost to the village.

If anyone saw anyone collecting this wood earlier this week, please let us know with an email to woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

07/17 Woods Committee Agenda

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

Download a copy here.

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

Ivy Volunteers

The Great Central Woodland Committee needs to clear ivy from the trunks of a number of trees in the Woodland.

They are looking for volunteers that would like to learn how to do this in a short (two hour) course so that they can then help in the project.

If you would like to help out, please contact Paul Blackwell, Chair of the Woodland Management Committee, who is coordinating the time and date for the course.

You can reach Paul on : 07872 860540 or paulblackwell5@icloud.com

Tree Felling

In The Woods : July 14th & 15th

The community is advised that, as part of the ongoing management of the area, on July 14th and 15th tree felling will be taking place in various parts of the Great Central Woodland.

You are advised to take extra care in the woods during these two days.

Contractors, who will implement safety procedures while felling, will be removing several trees that were identified in the February  Tree Hazard Evaluation Survey as needing to be dealt with within six months.

If you are worried about a tree hazard in the Woodland during these operations (or at any other time) you can email hazards@greatcentralwoodland.org with your concerns. Please be as specific as possible about the location of the problem including taking a photograph if possible.

 

 

Woodland Nature Survey

There’s a lot to see in our woodland. We’ve just carried out a wild-life survey and we have been cataloguing the various trees as part of creating the long term Management Plan for the woodland.

A Goldfinch, one of our woodland birds.

We thought you’d like to see a list of the trees, animals and birds that have been spotted in the woodland.

Find it here:  Woodland Nature

Over time we hope to expand this part of the Signpost with more detail about the woodland’s natural resources.

Path Rolling…

Some feedback from the Woods Management Committee on Wednesday.

The Committee has taken note of some people’s concerns about the paths. The current resurfacing has been done to improve things – especially by removing muddy areas & improving gradients – in the short term and with limited resources.

We will arrange to roll the path surfaces again to improve things as much as we can.

Longer term, the aim remains to provide access to as many folk as possible and the Committee will keep an eye on any issues raised.

05/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the 24th May 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting.

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06/17 Woods Committee Agenda

The Woods Management Committee meets next Wednesday.

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Please note that recent concerns expressed on Facebook over horse mess and path surfaces will be dealt with under agenda item (5): “Issues Raised By The Public”.

This meeting is open to all to attend. If you have issues you wish to be discussed please raise them before the meeting with John Williams (the Secretary to the Woods Committee) or with Gary Smith (Clerk to the Parish Council).

Wood in the Woods

Can folk please note – the wood stacked near the Station Road entrance to the Woodland is intended for a project as part of the improvements that the Woodland Committee is working on.

Some has already been removed. Please do not take this wood. You are stealing from the whole community. The wood IS needed.

Woods Committee Vacancy

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee has a vacancy.

The Committee is made up of five Parish Councillors and five local residents and takes care of planning the work needed to create and maintain the woodland as a community asset. Since current member Pat Darby has become a Parish Councillor, there is now a vacancy for a committee member that is a local resident.

Committee members meet once a month (usually on the last Wednesday of each month).

The Committee would particulalry welcome anyone with woodland or forestry experience to add.

If you would like to become involved, please drop an email to John Williams, the Secretary of the Committee. 

04/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the April 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting.

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05/17 Woods Committee Agenda

The Woods Management Committee meets next Wednesday.

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Please note that progress on dealing with dangerous tress will be part of agenda item (10a) on maintenance issues in the project plan.

This meeting is open to all to attend. If you have issues you wish to be discussed please raise them before the meeting with John Williams (the Secretary to the Woods Committee) or with Gary Smith (Clerk to the Parish Council).

Tree Problems

Here is a message from Paul Blackwell (Woodford Cum Membris Parish Council and also chair of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee) …..

“Thanks to all the villagers who last evening notified us of the problem with one of the trees near the Co-op entrance to the Great Central Woodland. Prior to engaging a contractor to attend the tree today, a large branch fractured and fell across the path this morning, blocking the route into the Woodland.

Barry Mansell of BM Landscaping, cleared the fallen branch this morning reopening this entrance to the wood and we are very grateful to Barry for his effort.”

 

Update on the Woods

Here’s an update from last week’s Woods Committee. We’ll publish the full minutes after they are approved at the next meeting (24th May) but we thought you would want to know about a few things before then.
Change of Leadership: Paul Blackwell has taken over as Chairman of the Committee. Bob Snedker will continue as a member and act as Vice-Chair.

Work on The Trees: In the Woodland Evaluation report we identified that some trees may need felling. We are in the process of getting competitive quotes for the work that needs to be done.
Cinder Path Maintenance: M V Kelly have offered to provide us with road planings from the work being done on the Byfield Road. We intend to use this for resurfacing work on the Cinder Path and the verge on the corner of Byfield Road and Phipps Road. We also want to improve the drainage at the southern end of the path by digging a drain. The Committee is asking the Parish Council for approval for some of the costs but we also hope that, once we know dates for the work, volunteers will assist us. (Contact us on volunteers@greatcentralwoodland.org)

Regatta: We’ll have a stand at the Regatta on June 30th. Come along and talk to us and have a go on our tombola.”

03/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Here are the minutes for the March 2017 meeting of the Woodland Management Committee which were approved at last night’s committee meeting.

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If you have trouble with the above download link try this one….

Mobile friendly link:-

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04/17 Woods Committee Agenda

Here is the agenda for the forthcoming meeting of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee.

Agenda Woodland Management Committee 26/04/17

If the link above does not work on your mobile phone please use this one:-

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Items for discussion mainly centre around discussion of the Outline Plan for the Woodland including addressing issues relating to the Woodland Trees Report and immediate maintenance needs.

Please note the first two items on the agenda are the result of the Chairman’s decision to stand down from his role.

Members of the public are, of course, welcome to attend but are asked to raise any points for discussion beforehand with the Chairman or with the clerk to the Committee here: woodfordsignposteditor@gmail.com.

Woodland Trees Report

Some people have asked why some of the trees in the Woodland have been marked. This is part of the work going on to make the woods safe and accessible and to ensure that the woods are looked after into the future.

The Great Central Woodland Management Committee thought that people would like to see the following summary of some work done to assess what needs to be looked at in future….

opens in a new windowWoodland Evaluation Report

If that link doesn’t work try this one….

opens in a new windowWoodland Evaluation Report

Or read it as a flip-book….

 

A Little History of Great Central Woodland

We’ve added a page to the local history part of the Signpost to tell the story of the Bank and the woodland. You can find it here….

opens in a new windowTwo Men That Shaped The Woodland

02/17 Woods Committee Minutes

At last night’s meeting of the Great Central Woodland Management Committee the minutes of the previous meeting were approved for publication.

They can be read here:- opens in a new window23/02/17 GC Woodland Meeting Minutes

Don’t forget you can always see the latest opens in a new windownews on the Woodland here.

 

Woodland Committee

The next meeting of the Woodland Management Committee takes place next Thursday, 30th March.

This is the agenda: opens in a new windowGreat Central Management Committee March 2017 Agenda

This meeting is open to members of the public and all are welcome to attend but if you have points to raise please advise the Chairman or Clerk beforehand.

It’s Your Woodland

A special edition of WOW has been printed and should be delivered soon.

In the mean time here’s the electronic version… opens in a new window

opens in a new windowIt’s Your Woodland

Part of this is the announcement of the name that has been chosen for the whole area of land and the reason for choosing it…….

Woods News

For the February meeting of the Parish Council, Robert Snedker, Chair of the Woods Management Committee, provided a report introducing the work of the committee and highlighting some of the things already done.

The report is published below…..

“I am pleased to be able to provide Council with the draft minutes of the first meeting of the Central Woods Committee.

“As I have said at previous meetings with ownership comes responsibility – with responsibility comes cost. Therefore one of our main and urgent jobs is to find any grants which may be available to us.

“The area could be put to several different uses from:-

  • A basic leisure amenity where all we have to do is keep it safe and legal. Then we could just pat ourselves on the back that we have avoided a large development in the heart of Woodford and tackle problems as they arise;
  • “Or we could create an all singing, all dancing fun park with BMX tracks all-weather pathways picnic areas and whatever else people may think of;
  • Or something in between.

“The only way that we will know that we have tried to listen to everyone, is to ask them.

“To help us address some immediate problems, a wonderful offer which has been made by a local business which has a potentially win-win outcome. The wood has not been significantly managed for a very long time and it is full of diseased and damaged trees which must be felled and removed. Although the timber has a value, to reap the crop does mean that a great deal of any money raised, could be swallowed up by just paying for the sick trees to be felled and removed.

“However, we are fortunate to have found Treetops. Tim Rose, the CEO has made an offer to us. He runs a training school for tree surgeons and in return for us allowing him to use our Wood as a training school for his students, he will not charge for the work done by him and his students.”

 

01/17 Woods Committee Minutes

Minutes of the Woods Management Committee are approved at the next meeting and published as soon as possible after that.

These are the minutes of the meeting held on January 26th, as approved at last night’s meeting. They includea map showing the area purchased.

opens in a new windowMinutes of Woods Management Meeting 26-01-2017

You can keep up to date with all the news on the Woods here….

opens in a new windowWoods Management Committee Page

Thanks For Your Views!

Woods Name Survey

Thanks to the 100 people that completed our “Name Your Woods” survey plus thanks to all those that contributed on Facebook. There was a lot of support for the suggested names and plenty of new ideas too, with some ideas common to many of the names proposed.

The survey is now closed.

Your suggestions are going forward to be considered by the Woods Management Committee at their next meeting.

Survey Closing…

This Survey is Now Closed

The “Name Your Woods” survey will close at 10:00am Tuesday 21st February.

Suggestions will be considered at the meeting of the opens in a new windowWoods Management Committee on Thursday to make a recomended short list to the Parish Council

Feb. Woods Committee

The February meeting of the Woods Management Committee will take place on Thursday, February 23rd.

The agenda is available here: opens in a new windowFebruary Woods Management Committee Agenda.

You can keep up to date at the Woods Management Committee page. Reach it through the menu above… Village Venues / Central Woods / Central Woods Management Committee or opens in a new windowclick this link.