After a good planning session last month we now have an initial plan for the season ahead. The notes are below:
Meeting Sunday 14th January
Bryan, Kirsty, Richard, Joe, Aileen, Renie, Helen, Waltraud, Barry, Peter, Pin, Alys, Rosemary, Sue + 4 children
This season working party dates
June 2nd – preparation for the big lunch
June 3rd BIG LUNCH
Dates for felling
It was decided that dates of weekends would be set for felling and emailed out to volunteers to obtain who is available.
RICHARD to email out weekend dates and schedule volunteer
It was discussed that help was needed with the maintaining of emails and some administration within the group, thank you to everyone who has helped so far. Renie has volunteered to help with administration.
KIRSTY to show RENIE how to maintain emails and both to work in administration together.
Upcoming and whats happening
- Firepit : the firepit needs finalising in design, formers to be build and logs to be made as permanent structure.
- Benches: we will need to be contacting NRW and arrange collection of large logs to turn into benches, these will then need splitting and siting.
- Boundary at the top of the woodland: The boundary at the top of the woodland will need clearing and replacing with post and rail.
RENIE to contact contractors to obtain price and availability, include Usk College to use as a training session.
- Hedge planting- this will need to be arranged after the post and rail installation
- Monmouth Flood Works – Atkins are assessing the flood scheme within monmouth and will be looking at the woodland
BRYAN attending meeting
- Fruit Trees – we have been offered 10 fruit trees from Transition Monmouth, we will look at planting these on the border of Claypatch and Ridgeway to create a small community orchard. We will need to talk to residence to inform them what is going on.
- Gate at the bottom of the woods- a new post is to be ordered for the gate at the bottom of the woodland via MCC
RICHARD to arrange post
- Bins – HELEN to speak to Sue Perkinson about obtaining new bins for rubbish and dog poo. It was also discussed that a central drop bin for dog poo should be instated in the middle of the woodland to increase convenience and hope to tackle the poo situation.
- Money – we do have some funding left and it was discussed about installing a wild flower meadow on the edge of the field, we need to find a way of boundary marking until it is established, ideas welcome.
- Volunteers – it has been discussed that we are only reaching out to a few people within wyesham and it would be great to get the older community involved within the project. It has been mentioned that they do not feel they can come along because it’s a family affair, we need to break down this stigma Everyone to talk to people, get the project known about and invite people along to join us.
- Big Garden Bird Watch- it was suggested we may wish to get involved with this. KIRSTY to obtain information and research what is involved.
Next planning meeting 6th February 7pm at the woodland stores. (Any changes will be announced on the facebook page and via email)
Transition Monmouth with Wyesham community woodland project, invite any path surfacing contractors to tender for the attached brief.
The deadline for submissions is the 13th August 2017.
All details should be covered within the brief, however if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us
NB: to download a copy of the plan, please right click on the ‘plan’ link below and select ‘save target as’.
Path Surfacing works brief 2017b
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.
Thanks to the organisations and volunteers who made the event possible, including Monmouthshire Youth Service, 1st Wyesham Cubs, Transition Monmouth, the Eden 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 here, and regular updates are posted on our public facebook group ‘Wyesham Community Woodland Project’. Alternatively we are happy to be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01600460102.
We are holding a Community get together between 12:00 and 3pm on the 18th June 2017 in the woodland glade.
Friends, families, neighbours and local organisations are all invited to a come along, bring a picnic blanket, food and drinks to the meadow for a family centred in the woodland.
Further updates and information to follow here on the website, or alternatively check out our Facebook page at Wyesham community woodland project or e-mail us at email@example.com
Look forward to seeing everyone there
Have updated the site a little, added the Management plan for the woodland so that it can be downloaded and viewed, also updated the maps section.
Make sure you keep your eye on the Facebook page for up to date information at:
Wyesham community woodland Facebook group
Please go to the ‘your say’ part of the wordpress site and vote for your favourite name for the woodland.
The council have carried out some long planned felling near the bus shelter entrance to give back some residents their views. The timber has been into around 30 manageable lengths at 2 metre lengths from 3 inches to a foot in diameter. The manager has said that the community can make use of the wood for whatever purpose it deems fit. As we have no long term plan at the moment it is probably best moved to a secure location for the time being. As such does anyone know where this could be stored? On a slightly different note, the wood chippings have been left on site, if anyone is willing we can move this to cover the wetter areas of the wood? Cheers everyone