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Winter Programme 2015

 

There are Tuesday AND Thursday dates here!

Arboretum day is on the first Thursday of the month (except January 2016 when it is on the 14th!)

Tuesday

24 Nov 15

Tidenham Chase, The Park Nature Reserve

Take the B4228 from Coleford towards Chepstow. Just after Hewelsfield you will see a brown tourist sign on the left and the FC car park on your right

MEET:10am at  FC car park at Tidenham

Cut, treat and burn young birch trees. This is an daunting venture but the rewards are huge as under that birch is the heathland everyone has been wanting to see.

 

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Tuesday

1 Dec 15

Hadnock. near the Biblins Bridge

Enter the woods at the Marians Wood (SO570125). Follow the MAIN forest ride down to the river (over a mile). On the OS map you pass through Ellis Redding Wood and Coalpit Hill. When you get to the River Wye, turn left and follow this forest road for another mile or so, going past the Biblins footbridge. Go as far as you can go and park at the end. You are at the work site in Wales then.

We will be coppicing and making a deer fence and clearing firewood

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Tuesday

8 Dec 15

Tidenham Chase, The Park Nature Reserve

Take the B4228 from Coleford towards Chepstow. Just after Hewelsfield you will see a brown tourist sign on the left and the FC car park on your right

MEET:10am at  FC car park at Tidenham

Cut, treat and burn young birch trees. This is an daunting venture but the rewards are huge as under that birch is the heathland everyone has been wanting to see.

 

ST558992

Tuesday

15 Dec 15

May Hill - National Trust

May Hill, National Trust site near Clifford's Mesne,Newent.

Directions: Head towards the Yew Tree Inn (Clifford's Mesne, Newent, GL18 1JS). When you reach the Inn it should be on your right, continue to follow the lane up towards the hill. Pass over a cattle grid and continue to follow the lane until you reach a gravelled car park on the right. There should be a metal gate opposite.

Mobile on day- 07879 604300

OR

 

This is a split team day so you can choose which site to work on!

 

Milkwall/Gorsty Knoll

Meet in the Darkhill car park off the Sling Fetter Hill road.

The task to be carried out is the removal of young birch scrub on May Hill Common to allow the extent of bracken cutting to increase. The scrub will be removed with the use of hand tools including bow saws and loppers. The cuttings will be burnt. Larger trees difficult to remove with hand tools can be removed by the NT Ranger with a chainsaw.

 

 

 

 

 

Continue coppice, bramble clearance for butterflies and reptiles

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Thursday

17 Dec 15

Tidenham Chase, The Park Nature Reserve

Take the B4228 from Coleford towards Chepstow. Just after Hewelsfield you will see a brown tourist sign on the left and the FC car park on your right

MEET:10am at  FC car park at Tidenham

Cut, treat and burn young birch trees. This is an daunting venture but the rewards are huge as under that birch is the heathland everyone has been wanting to see.

 

ST558992

Tuesday

22 Dec 15

Lords Wood, The Doward

Christmas workday and celebration

From A40 dual carriageway take Symonds Yat West exit, follow narrow lanes to Doward, picking up signs to Biblins youth campsite. After 1.5 miles, Lane bends sharp left at SO548157 by Doward Campsite. Take the forest road to the right here (white arrow) and go through the King Arthurs Cave car park and through the metal barrier. Take next left along forest road and park at SO552151

Coppicing, and clearing scrub from heathy site

Christmas feast and drinks courtesy of Glos. Wildlife Trust

Please let Kate or Kathy know if you are coming so we can cater for you.

 

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29 Dec 15

No Work - Happy,Peaceful Christmas

 

 

Tuesday

5 Jan 16

Clearwell Meend

From Coleford take B4228, turn right by the Lambsquay Hotel down Lambsquay Road towards Clearwell. Turn left at SO578083 into the Clearwell Caves car park. Park in the top car park,ie the one furthest away at SO578082.

Cutting and raking limestone grassland and scrub clearance to benefit limestone flora

SO580081

Thursday

7 Jan 16

Woorgreens Lake Nature Reserve

From Speech House Hotel, continue towards Cinderford (uphill) past Speech House Woodlands car park and take next left down forest track.

Meet: at 10am next to GWT white pickup truck at Forest gate (do not drive in yet).

Contact: Kevin 07900 050115

Ride bay creation - Brash burning A flat site. Wear fire ember resistant clothes.

SO625128

Tuesday

12 Jan 16

Woorgreens Lake Nature Reserve

From Speech House Hotel, continue towards Cinderford (uphill) past Speech House Woodlands car park and take next left down forest track.

Meet: at 10am next to GWT white pickup truck at Forest gate (do not drive in yet).

Contact: Kevin 07900 050115

Ride bay creation - Brash burning A flat site. Wear fire ember resistant clothes.

SO625128

Tuesday

19 Jan 16

Mugglewort Wood,Flaxley Woods

Take lane from Littledean to Flaxley and opposite Gunns Mill take forest ride (SO675159), go through metal barrier and follow forest ride to the right to parking at SO687157

 

OR

 

This is a split team day so you can choose which site to work on!

 

Mallards Pike/Moseley Green

From Parkend take B4431 towards Blakeney, park by barrier opposite entrance to Mallards Pike car park.

Woodland Glade creation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrub clearance for butterflies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday

21 Jan 16

Lancaut

Lancaut Lane informal car park, off B4228 between Tidenham and Woodcroft.

Meet: at 10am

Contact: Kevin 07900 050115

Scrub clearance - a big varied site where church keeps being overrun by scrub and bracken, winter clearance to assist sheep grazing effort in spring

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Tuesday

26 Jan 16

Edgehills heathland

Plump hill, 1 mile south of Mitcheldean on the A4136 by GWT truck. (long trousers and sturdy footwear/wellies recommended).

Meet 10am

Birch clearance from heathland
Cutting of small diameter birch and application of herbicide to stump.

 

SO660154

Thursday

28 Jan 16

Linear Park

Take the B4226 from Coleford to Cinderford go past the Dilke Hospital and turn left at the bottom of hill into Linear Park car park at Cinderford Bridge.

 

Continuation of scrub clearance etc to benefit butterflies especially Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

SO650126

Tuesday

2 Feb 16

Plump Hill Autumn Gentian site

Take the A4136 from Cinderford towards Mitcheldean. Just after the turning for the Wilderness is a layby on the right. Turn right here and take the track to the parking area.

 

OR

 

This is a split team day so you can choose which site to work on!

 

May Hill - National Trust

May Hill, National Trust site near Clifford's Mesne,Newent.

Directions: Head towards the Yew Tree Inn (Clifford's Mesne, Newent, GL18 1JS). When you reach the Inn it should be on your right, continue to follow the lane up towards the hill. Pass over a cattle grid and continue to follow the lane until you reach a gravelled car park on the right. There should be a metal gate opposite.

Mobile on day- 07879 604300

Raking 'hay' after late grass cut and scrub clearance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The task to be carried out is the removal of young birch scrub on May Hill Common to allow the extent of bracken cutting to increase. The scrub will be removed with the use of hand tools including bow saws and loppers. The cuttings will be burnt. Larger trees difficult to remove with hand tools can be removed by the NT Ranger with a chainsaw.

 

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Tuesday

9 Feb 16

Wigpool Nature Reserve

From Mitcheldean take Stenders Road (church on your right) up to right hand turn to Wigpool, continue for 1 mile until pine trees run out (and it looks heathy). Meet: at 10am next to GWT white pickup truck Contact: Kevin 07900 050115

 

OR

 

This is a split team day so you can choose which site to work on!

 

Marians Pond Toad crossing

From Coleford take the B4228 to Berry Hill. Approx 300metres before the Christchurch/Bracelands campsite crossroads, go left along a track, bear left and enter the wood through a metal barrier at SO570125. Follow the forest road, take the first left and follow the forest road to the parking area at SO566119

 

 

Heathland restoration - Birch clearance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erecting new temporary toad one alongside main road, replacing the broken one removed in the autumn. Bring good digging spades and sledge hammer/lump hammer, if you have one and lots of technical brain power and muscle.

Working with the Highways due to the main road so NO DOGS on actual work site Bring High Visibility vests if you have one.

About 8 helpers are needed for this, so Please let Kate Wollen know if you are intending to come (07786526280 or Email:

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Thursday

11 Feb 16

Mallards Pike/Moseley Green

From Parkend take B4431 towards Blakeney, park by barrier opposite entrance to Mallards Pike car park

Scrub clearance for butterflies

SO637088

Tuesday

16 Feb 16

Staunton Meend

Take the A4136 towards Monmouth and after the White Horse pub turn left up the no-through road and follow the signs to the Buckstone Adventure Centre.

 

OR

 

This is a split team day so you can choose which site to work on!

 

Mallards Pike/Moseley Green

From Parkend take B4431 towards Blakeney, park by barrier opposite entrance to Mallards Pike car park.

Scrub clearance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scrub clearance for butterflies

 

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Thursday

18 Feb 16

Wigpool Nature Reserve

From Mitcheldean take Stenders Road (church on your right) up to right hand turn to Wigpool, continue for 1 mile until pine trees run out (and it looks heathy). Meet: at 10am next to GWT white pickup truck Contact: Kevin 07900 050115

Meet: at 10am next to GWT white pickup truck

Contact: Kevin 07900 050115

Heathland restoration - Birch clearance

SO652195

Tuesday

23 Feb 16

Ridley Bottom

Meet10am-'Kelly's Lane' off 'Rosemary's Lane' off the B4228 between Chepstow and Coleford. LIMITED PARKING - make use of nearby 'Rosemary's Lane' lay-bys.

Call Kevin on 07900 050115 for further details.

Canopy overhang clearance, coppicing

 

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All tasks are led by FC Ranger or GWT Ranger staff, start at 9.45 am and finish around 3pm

 

 

 

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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