Next Work Day Wednesday 24th April 2013
Work Day Wednesday 27th February 2013 Report
Eleven volunteers attended the work day including five TCV volunteers.
Significant planting of Sessile Oak and Hazel whips for future coppicing.
Work Day Sunday 10th February 2013 Report
Five volunteers attended the work day.
Continued clearing the site at Burwood Avenue and accummulated rubbish moved to the Burwood Avenue entrance for collection by Croydon Council. A flight of steps leading down from the path to the work site were made.
Six Hazel, Cherry and Viburnum trees were planted at the top end of the site.
Work Day Sunday 30th January 2013 Report
Seven volunteers attended the work day.
Continued clearance work at Burwood Avenue, extracting timber and burning brash. Sycamore growing in the area was treated with a Forestry Commission approved chemical to prevent regrowth.
The site is about 85% cleared but more timber requires extraction together with strimming/raking.
Work Day Sunday 13th January 2013 Report Eight volunteers attended the work day including three new volunteers.
Continuation of site clearance at Burwood Avenue is now approximately 75% complete but still a significant amout of household rubbish and brash to be cleared.
The Cattle in Sherwood Oaks Field have now gone to pastures new but will be returning later in the year.
Firewood Work Day Friday 4th January 2013 Report
Three volunteers attended this additional work day to replenish firewood stocks. 48 bags of firewood were completed which increasing stock to 73 bags in store. Work Day Sunday 9th December 2012 Report
Four volunteers attended the work day continuing with the clearance of the area next to the Burwood Avenue entrance ready for planting at the end of February/beginning of March. About 50% of the designated area is now cleared and the brash burnt.
Work Day Wednesday 28th November 2012 Report
Six volunteers atttended the work day completing the following tasks:Work Day Sunday 18th November 2012 Report
1) The last section of vegetation along the fence line running along the bottom of Sherwood Oaks Field was strimmed and the vegetation cleared.
2) 24 Hazel poles were cut as stakes for the deer fencing for the next 6 Juniper whips and the brash cleared.
3) A start was made on clearing the vegetation at the Burwood Avenue entrance ready for planting with Sessile Oak and Hazel whips and the brash burnt.
4) We also helped with the positioning of the bowser and portable water trough ready for the arrival of the cattle.
Seven volunteers atttended the work day completing the following tasks:
(1) Strimmed and cleared the last section of vegetation along the fence line along the top path.
(2) Strimmed vegetation along the bottom section of the fence line and stacked the debris ready for burning on the next work day.
(3) Removed several overhanging limbs from two willow trees to allow more light into the area designated as the New Juniper Glade.
(4) Burnt the brash and created a loggery from the larger sections of timber.
(5) Planted and protected with deer fencing six Juniper whips.
Work Day Wednesday 13th October 2012 Report
Five volunteers atttended the work day completing the following tasks:
1) The tree guards protecting the two Service Tree whips in the Picnic Glade were re-staked.
2) Some branches overhanging the bottom path were cut away and cleared.
3) The vegetation along the fence line running along the top path was strimmed and the cleared and some small trees which had rotten were taken down and cleared.
4) The brash at the new proposed Juniper Glade was burnt as was as some of the vegetation mentioned in (3) above.
Work Day Sunday 14th October 2012 Report
Six volunteers atttended the work day completing the following tasks:
1) Strimmed the area designated as a new Juniper Glade from the picnic tables/benches located along the top path close to where the old childrens' playground used to be down to the path running parallel to Sherwood Oaks Field leading down to Burwood Avenue.
2) Raked the vegetation into a pile ready for burning on the next work day.
3) Cut back and cleared a tree which was partially blocking the path between Nature Trail Post Nos. 3 and 7.
4) Cut back and cleared a large branch which had fallen in Higher Drive Recreation Ground.
Whitgift Activity Day Saturday 13th October 2012 Report
There were 7 students and two teachers (Saskia and Mhairi) and the tasks completed were as follows:
1) Finished strimming the Juniper Glade and raked up and cleared the vegetation.
2) Cut back and cleared vegetation growing around the Junipers and replaced a number of stakes supporting the deer fencing protecting the Junipers.
3) Strimmed the glade next to Juniper Glade to encourage the growth of a number of Oak seedling which had germinated there.
4) Cut down some Sycamore growing along the top path.
5) Cut back and cleared a tree which was partially blocking the top path.
Work Day Wednesday 26th September 2012 Report
Four volunteers atttended the work day completing the following tasks:
1) Any remaining Ragwort Wort that could be spotted in Sherwood Oaks Field was dug up and removed from the field.
2) Vegetation encroaching the path leading down from the pond to the top of the steps leading down Burwood Avenue was strimmed and cleared as was an additional section along the top path.
3) Vegetation encroaching the flight of steps leading down to Burwood Avenue was also strimmed and cleared.
Work Day Wednesday 29th August 2012 Report
Three volunteers atttended the work day completing the following tasks:
1)Both dead and flowering Ragwort was dug out and removed from Sherwood Oaks Field.
Work Day Sunday 12th August 2012 Report
1) The kissing-gate was repaired.
2) The tree guards protecting the three Sessile Oaks whips located along the bottom path close to the Burwood Avenue entrance were re-staked.
3) The deer fencing protecting one of the Junipers located in the Picnic Glade was re-staked.
4) Vegetation at the Burwood Avenue entrance and around the stock gate was strimmed and cleared as well as along the path/steps leading up past the stock gate to one of the kissing-gates.
5) The bottom path from the Burwood Avenue entrance to where it enters the wood was also strimmed and the vegetation cleared.
6) The path leading down from the picnic tables/benches located where the old childrens playground used to be down to the bottom path was strimmed/scalloped and the vegetation cleared.
7) A large branch which had dropped down and was blocking the top path near near the pond was chainsawed and cleared.
8) Sherwood Oaks Field was checked for Ragwort for removal on the next work day.
9) The badger workings in the gully were inspected and it was agreed that they do cause a potential Health & Safety hazard for anyone walking that section of the Nature Trail. Safety measures to be implemented.