Programme

another rustic bench

Yet another of our famous rustic benches is installed. This is at Southwater CP

Our programme

Planned work sites and tasks until the end of the quarter are shown here. The programme is renewed before the beginning of the next quarter.

As you will see, it offers various useful tasks, over several different sites. The size and scope of the tasks on Thursday reflects the lower number of people expected to attend.

It is always a good idea to check the website as work sites may be changed due to poor weather or work requirements.

Note:

# If the work site is at Chesworth, Owlbeech, Leechpool, Southwater CP or Warnham LNR, please see this page for details of the meeting point.
# We leave the meeting point at 10 am – and aim to finish work by 1.0 pm


19 December 2017 10:00 at Chesworth Farm
Plat Pond Reed Clearance

TUESDAY - There are reeds to cut and clear out of the pond; to make sure that there are some open areas of water, we will dig out a few sections to further slow some areas of regrowth. What is dug out will be planted on other sites that could use a boost.
 
There are also some slightly drier jobs: the surrounding hedge to trim back and some post & rail fencing repairs.
 
If you have all been very good girls and boys this year there may just be some mince pies too.

Meeting point: outside The Volunteer Centre, near the depot compound. Postcode is RH13 0AA; the OS map ref is TQ176 295


21 December 2017 10:00 at Leechpool Wood
Holiday Holly Hacking MEGABASH

THURSDAY  - Today, we will be thinning the thick Holly regrowth to allow daylight to reach the woodland floor, which should allow other smaller plants to grow and create a more diverse woodland.
 
Stacking the cut material into “dead hedges” gives lots of nooks and crannies for all manner of things to hide away in, as well as slowing down the decomposition thereby locking in carbon.
 
You are very welcome to take home any particularly attractive fronds to decorate your homes for the upcoming festivities!
 
This has been advertised to the public, so bring along friends and family. Wear sturdy footwear and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty! Gloves, tools, hot drinks,mulled-apple juice and mince pies provided. (Children aged 6-16 must be accompanied by an adult)

Work site: We will be working along the Green “Woodland Walk” Route; between the “Oak Clearing” and the play area.

Meeting point: in the car park off Harwood Road. Postcode is RH13 6SG (not exact); the OS map ref is TQ193 313


26 December 2017 at Home
NO TASK TODAY

A well-earned rest for all.


28 December 2017 at Home
NO TASK TODAY

If you're starting to get really restless you could always go and show off some of our past work to family and friends!


02 January 2018 at Home
NO TASK TODAY

Happy New Year to all.


04 January 2018 10:00 at Chesworth Farm
Riverside Field Bramble Taming (Annual dinner this evening)

Happy New Year!

THURSDAY - Last year we cut a number of small channels in the thick bramble to allow easier access when pulling Himalayan Balsam, we are going to give the areas another knock back. Less selfishly it will also increase the surface area of the bramble, opening up more areas for nesting birds and fruit production this spring/summer, and possibly allow space for some interesting riparian plants to take hold along the bank. There are also some Alder tree saplings to thin out that are crowding out the edges of some of the wetland scrapes. We want to keep the area relatively open and wet to encourage visits from wading birds. 

**WELLIES ESSENTIAL**

Meeting point: Chesworth Farm Volunteer Centre, Chesworth Lane (off Queensway), RH13 0AA.

(and… don’t forget it’s the Green Gym Annual dinner tonight, if you’ve bought a ticket. We’ll meet in the Stout House in Carfax from 7pm and then move to The Comodor at 7:45pm, to be seated by 8pm.)


09 January 2018 10:00 at Chesworth Farm
Gateway Stoning and Path Cutting Back

TUESDAY - We will be burning off the extra calories from the past couple of week’s festivities by wheelbarrowing gravel around the farm and cutting back brambles that are encroaching on one of the Riverside Walk paths. We will also remove some of the reeds we cut from Plat Pond last year (22 days ago to be more exact!) and deposit it on the compost pile.

Meeting point: outside The Volunteer Centre, near the depot compound. By car approach from Queens Way. Postcode is RH13 0AA; the OS map ref is TQ176 295


11 January 2018 10:00 at Lower Barn Copse, Rusper Road, Horsham
Woodland Work

THURSDAY - We have been asked to create a woodchip path through this small section of woodland. Extensive tree work and Laurel removal has been completed at the beginning of the winter by tree surgeon contractors and now it’s the turn of the pros (that’s us) to make it user friendly for locals.

We will meet at the usual location for work at Chennels Brook Castle on Lemmington Way and make the 5-10 min walk to site together. Parking closer to Littlehaven station is a nightmare!

If there are 3-4 volunteers to tend a fire at Chennels Brook where we have made a big pile of cuttings from last task it would really help get us back on track.

Meeting point: Chennelsbrook Castle (Motte and Bailey), Lemmington Way, Horsham, RH12 5JG
Work Site: Lower Barn Copse woodland, Rusper Road, Horsham, RH12 4QL (Between Brook Road and Littlehaven train station)


16 January 2018 10:00 at Owlbeech Wood
Heathland Restoration: Birch Pulling

TUESDAY - We will continue the reduction of Birch on the heathland by a mixture of pulling, digging, cutting and general brutishness. If the weather allows, we will have a bonfire to reduce some of the mounting cuttings piles.

Meeting point: at Owlbeech Way car park near the play area. Postcode is RH13 6AW (not exact); the OS map ref is TQ199 317


18 January 2018 10:00 at Warnham Local Nature Reserve
Birch Clearings and Hazel Coppicing

THURSDAY - Working in the Millpond Plantation area, we will increase the area of woodland thinning in the sloped woodland and continue this year’s Hazel coppicing and erecting tree protection after. 

Meeting point: outside the Reserve café off Warnham Road. Postcode is RH12 2RA; the OS map ref is TQ168 323


23 January 2018 10:00 at Owlbeech Wood
Heathland Management: Birch Removal

TUESDAY - We will continue the reduction of Birch on the heathland by a mixture of pulling, digging, cutting and general brutishness. If the weather allows, we will have a bonfire to reduce some of the mounting cuttings piles.

Meeting point: at Owlbeech Way car park near the play area. Postcode is RH13 6AW (not exact); the OS map ref is TQ199 317


25 January 2018 10:00 at Owlbeech Wood
Birch and Holly Thinning with Deadhedging

THURSDAY - We will be thinning trees just in the Leechpool side of the wood’s border but dragging the brash to Owlbeech Forest Walk path to top up the deadhedge near the notice board.

Meeting point: at Owlbeech Way car park near the play area. Postcode is RH13 6AW (not exact); the OS map ref is TQ199 317


28 January 2018 10:00 at St Leonard’s Forest
Friends of St Leonard’s Forest

SUNDAY - Heathland Maintenance 10am-3:30pm

The Friends of St Leonard’s Forest is a group of volunteers, working with Gatwick Greenspace, to restore and better manage the heathland in the forest. “We meet only once a month, on a Sunday, but usually carry out plenty of work in that time.” If you have time on a Sunday, they are looking for more helping hands to continue the conservation work. This area compliments the work Green Gym undertakes at Owlbeech and helps to better connect all the local habitats.

Please visit friendsofstleonardsforest.btck.co.uk/Whereandwhenetc for more info.

If you would like to join, please telephone Mike on 01403 731885 or email mikejheald@gmail.com

Meeting point: the gate to the north entrance of St Leonard’s Forest, on the bridleway off Forest Road, Colgate. The OS map reference is TQ 221 324


30 January 2018 10:00 at Owlbeech Wood
Heathland Restoration: Birch Pulling

TUESDAY - We will continue the reduction of Birch on the heathland by a mixture of pulling, digging, cutting and general brutishness. If the weather allows, we will have a bonfire to reduce some of the mounting cuttings piles.

Meeting point: at Owlbeech Way car park near the play area. Postcode is RH13 6AW (not exact); the OS map ref is TQ199 317


01 February 2018 10:00 at Lower Barn Copse
Woodland Work

THURSDAY - We have been asked to create a woodchip path through this small section of woodland. Extensive tree work and Laurel removal has been completed at the beginning of the winter by tree surgeon contractors and now it’s the turn of the pros (that’s us) to make it user friendly for locals.

We will meet at the usual location for work at Chennels Brook Castle on Lemmington Way and make the 5-10 min walk to site together. Parking closer to Littlehaven station is a nightmare!

If there are 3-4 volunteers to tend a fire at Chennels Brook where we have made a big pile of cuttings from last task it would really help get us back on track.

Meeting point: Chennelsbrook Castle (Motte and Bailey), Lemmington Way, Horsham, RH12 5JG

Work Site: Lower Barn Copse woodland, Rusper Road, Horsham, RH12 4QL (Between Brook Road and Littlehaven train station)


06 February 2018 10:00 at Tilletts Lane, Warnham
Scrub Bashing for Butterflies

TUESDAY - Today we will lend a hand to members of Butterfly Conservation’s Sussex branch providing suitable breeding habitat at the Warnham Butterfly Reserve.

Since it was established in 2010, 34 species of butterfly have been recorded on the 20-acre site on the edge of Warnham Village but it's rapidly scrubbing over and important grassland habitat is turning into woodland. We will act as proxies for large herbivores and crash around and nibble away at the encroaching scrub areas. Loppers or teeth optional. 

For some info on the project see the  Warnham Butterfly Reserve page or use this link to the Butterfly Conservation, Sussex branch News Page 

Tilletts lane Warnham Butterfly 

Meeting point: Tilletts Lane, Warnham, RH12 3RD. Parking is tight so please be mindful.


 

 

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