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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
The application for funding was agreed at Monmouthshire County Councils, Cabinet Meeting, on the 4th June 2014, and passed calling in, on the 14th. We have been awarded £21,000 of the £22,120 applied for. As soon as I recieve full details of what the next steps are we will need to call a meeting/hold a dicsussion on the way forward. Minutes of meeting and Decision log available here: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/meetings/event/cabinet-3/
I have been in contact with Renew Wales and signed up for their mentoring scheme, which will provide invaluable support to the community, towards, amongst other things, managing the woodland over the long term. website: www.renewwales.org.uk
The next step whilst waiting on the s106 application details is to come up with a name for the woodland, a few ideas, already out in the community are: Wyesham woods, Wyesham Community woodland, Claypatch woods, Brickyard woods, Doggy field 😉 etc
once we have a few neames together I will put together a survey.
Had the inaugural community woodland meeting tonight a good turn out and lots of ideas and support to be found. Will be doing a write up and getting it out there, but the first step will be creation of an action plan info to be sent out soon. Thanks everyone Richard