Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sunday 8th October 2017 - Work party

 A still, quiet morning and an early start. Having postponed the work party and group social from last weekend because of poor weather, we met at 8.30 this month and had breakfast before work to avoid a clash with the church harvest festival afterwards.


Once full up the jobs got done. 100 daffodil bulbs were planted in the plum bed cleared last month.

To encourage even more wildlife three more bird boxes, made by Richard, were put up and holes were drilled in the standing ( almost ) deadwood tree for invertebrates.

The seemingly endless job of digging out brambles, nettles and sycamore seedlings from the willow bed continues but we are keeping on top of it.

The session finished with plum cake made from woodland plums.

There were 3 quince on the tree this year!

The leaves are beginning to change colour now.


Monday, 11 September 2017

Sunday 3rd September 2017 - Work party

All too soon summer turns into autumn but at least in the woodland we have a lovely display of berries and leaves to look forward to and some fruit from the orchard trees.

The plums were picked and the surrounding area cleared of suckers and brambles before being sickled, reducing the height of the undergrowth using a sickle, ready for planting wild daffodil bulbs next month.

The log stack was tidied up ready for selling. The log store for the fire pit, in the glade area, was made waterproof and replenished.

Many thanks to Erin for the photos this month.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

We need votes!

We have been shortlisted for a funding award from Skipton Building Society but to get the money we need votes. To find out more, and vote!,  Follow the link

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Sunday 6th August 2017 - Work Party

A new sign was put up today so that the woodland can be more easily found from the road. It is just on the edge of the village hall car park. Here they are digging the hole:

A new owl box was installed on a suitable tree with a good flight line from the main path.

Brambles were removed from around the table in the glade area and I'm sad to say some litter was also picked up. 

A spectacular giant fairy toadstool ring was discovered in the top corner and although a ladder was supplied, the aerial shot didn't really do it justice. So here it is from ground level anyway, the ring does go all the way round.

Looking for fairies!

Close up 

Much effort was put into clearing an area of sycamore seedlings and the final foxglove plants were put in together with the continued weeding around the established plants. 

August woodland

Monday, 10 July 2017

Sunday 9th July - Expedition to Coddenham

A select few woodland group members took a trip to another local churchyard with adjacent woodland, a bit like the set up at Framsden but also a lot different.
We started off in the churchyard, admiring the blue scabious, both field and small, in flower at the moment and the pyramidal orchids just going over but what a lot of them!

Most of the site is long grass with mown paths for access. It takes careful management to create such an abundance of wild flowers and grasses helped in part by the thin chalky soil. It was notable how many bees, butterflies and other insects there were too.
Small copper

Taking a path at the rear, we followed the footpath to Broomhill Wood, managed by the community. The wood is on a steep bank, which we climbed, with a bit of scrub and some mature trees.

Walking along the top.
 Big trees have to be measured!

Eventually the vegetation thinned and opened out to steeply sloping grassy meadow full of more wild flowers and a perfect spot for a group photo. 
Photo credit Glenn
Also a good spot for a coffee break and admiring the view.

We continued along the top, stopping for a bit of plant id, and then followed the path on a steep scramble to the bottom again with the scent of Lady's bedstraw wafting on the breeze
The centaury flower, Centaurium erythraea, which, according to Bach flower remedies, is for people who find it difficult to say no to others. 
Lady's bedstraw Gallium verum

The bottom path follows the lower site boundary and took us back to where we started, then back through the churchyard to find the car. Many thanks to Ian for organising.

Gargoyle on St Marys Church, Coddenham 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Sunday 2nd July 2017 - Work Party

A lovely summer morning with bees humming in the sunshine and work to be done. The brambles continue to kept under control along the path edges with targeted hand weeding. This month,  the first ripe fruit appeared on the gooseberry and red currant bushes. The grass was cleared around them so they can carry on growing vigorously. There was also fruit on the wild raspberry bush but it didn't look very appetising.

Some small branches over the entrance were removed to let light to the floor and hopefully the sparse grass may grow a little more.  The owl box was covered with metal mesh to prevent woodpecker damage.

Cherries and hazelnuts were developing on the trees but I have a feeling that the birds and squirrels may get to them first.

Hoverflies on the blackberry flowers.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Magazine feature

This month, there is a feature on the woodland in issue 14 of about fram magazine, a local publication centred on Framlingham in Suffolk. Fame at last!

A really lovely article also available at