A great day was had by all today, with training, clearing firebreaks, marking up trees for felling, litter picking, crafts for the kids and marshmallows by the campfire. Thank you to the volunteers!
We are holding another planning meeting this Tuesday, 10th October at 7.30pm – all are welcome. Venue to be confirmed but will either be the Woodland View shop or Mayhill Pub.
If you are unable to attend but would like any issues raising please just let us know.
Present – Richard Garner, Kirk Hill, Bryan Miller, Daphne Evans, Grace Line, Joe Atkinson, Kirsty Garner
Apologies – Rosemary Hughes, Steve Vickers, Gail & Andy Raynor, Kelly Jackson-Graham
Rosemary is happy to volunteer, Steve has expressed that the cubs (age 8-11) are interested in being involved.
1. Update – Richard
The path resurfacing work is due to commence 27/09/2017 – notices are up on the woodland gates. Two tenders were received and the contract was awarded to D&M landscaping. The cost is approx £15,000 which is funded by the section 106 grant money (will be released by MCC).
· Bryan is preparing an application for a grant from the Town Council for equipment and tools.
· Need to speak to residents who back onto the woods about the felling programme and whether they have any concerns/requests. Please can all those who are happy to help with this let us know.
2. Plans for winter/spring
· Felling to commence in November. Signs will be needed for the gates/noticeboards (Kirsty)
· Chainsaw insurance should be in place for January next year.
· We hope to recoup a small amount of money to the project by selling the felled wood. Once the felling begins (November onwards) we need to ensure that collection is arranged. There are three potential contractors but if anyone has any suggestions please let us know.
· Once volunteers are trained, we should be able to run more frequent/informal sessions for felling over the winter, as availability allows.
· Removal of tree stumps in pond area (Richard to contact contractors on school to progress this– Interserve)
· Removal of hedge on road boundary to be replaced by post and rail fence. Funding is still available through the s21 grant (Richard to liaise with Monmouthshire County Council). In spring the woodland project will progress with hedge planting.
3. Activities for working party Sunday 8th October
· Marking trees for felling programme – Richard, Joe, Kirk, Bryan. Use orange spray for those to be felled by MCC and yellow for those to be felled by the working parties.
· Clearing fire breaks (Richard to check whether tools are available).
· Litter Picking
· Craft for kids – campfire and toasting marshmallows. Some autumn themed crafts (depending who is available to assist) such as leaf mobiles/garlands that can be left up in the woods, leaf rubbings etc.
4. Activities for working party in November
· Training volunteers for tree felling and commencing this work
5. Dog Fouling/Litter/fly tipping/damage
· Dog Fouling seems to have got worse recently. Various solutions were proposed, including signage, red card scheme and a central bin which would require volunteers to empty into the top and bottom bins on a regular basis. Richard to contact Sue Parkinson, MCC, regarding red card scheme.
· There have been reports of residents leaving green waste from their gardens in the woodland. Potential for a Community Composting scheme was discussed. Bryan to ask Transition Monmouth if anything local.
· Potential to involve the school in designing posters regarding litter and dog fouling.
· Recognised that local children would like to be able to have some mountain bike trails/jumps and there have been issues with paths being dug up etc. Richard has asked for a feasibility study into a small trail to focus this activity, this would need to involve the local children who use the woods.
6. Woodland Name
The voting so far has indicated that Claypatch Woods and Wild Woods are the preferred names. As the previous primary school were involved in planting the woodland, it would be great to involve them in naming the woodland. This could be through the school council. Grace to contact the school
Work commenced today (27th September 2017) on resurfacing the paths around the woodland.
Some paths will be unavailable whilst this is ongoing, but the woodland will remain open. Users of the woodland are asked to adhere to any safety signage and directions from workers on site.
If you have any queries please contact email@example.com or 01600 460 102
We are holding a planning meeting to agree the programme of work for the next few months next week, all welcome.
The meeting will be at 7.30pm, Tuesday 26th September, Woodland View Community Room, Wyesham.
There is WiFi in the building so if anyone is unable to attend but would like to be involved through facebook messenger, just let us know!
Also if you are unable to attend but have any questions or suggestions we will be happy to discuss and feed back.
On Sunday 18th June 2017, Wyesham Community Woodland Project held its annual Big Lunch. The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours – a day where neighbours and members of communities can stop what they’re doing and come together for the simple act of sharing a meal. It is part of the Great Get Together, inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year, and whose ‘more in common’ values resonated throughout her work.
The event was a great success, with local residents of all ages coming along to join in with the activities, which included face painting (thanks to Monmouthshire Youth Service, pioneering (thanks to 1st Wyesham Cubs) willow weaving and other crafts, and delicious home made cakes. Dens were built, trees were climbed and hammocks were lounged in. We intend to hold another Big Lunch next year and some photos have been shared via our facebook group.
Thanks to the organisations and volunteers who made the event possible, including Monmouthshire Youth Service, 1st Wyesham Cubs, Transition Monmouth, the Eden Project.
Below is an update on progress with the project:
In 2014 the project won a S106 grant for £21,000 from Monmouthshire County Council. The majority of this will be used to resurface the paths with the remainder going towards a pond, benches and hedge management. Since then the brief for these works have been put together and now agreed by all parties and can be put out to tender, once a satisfactory quote is received the funds will be released by Monmouthshire County Council. If any local contractors wish to provide a quote please get in touch.
Working party days are held on the first Sunday of every month and all are welcome. More information about the project is available on our website http://www.wyeshamcommunitywoodland.wordpress.com and regular updates are posted on our public facebook group ‘Wyesham Community Woodland Project’.
The Woodland Project Team