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Winter Programme 2016

 

 

Arboretum day is on the first Thursday of the month

There are some other Thursday dates included

Tuesday

8 Nov 16

 

 Plump Hill Autumn Gentian site and Quarry

Take the A 4136 from Cinderford towards Mitcheldean. Just after the turning for the Wilderness is a lay-by on the right. Turn right here and take the track to the parking area

Mainly scrub clearing around the level parts of the quarry to benefit butterflies

SO660168

Thursday

10 Nov 16

 

May Hill - National Trust

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- Laura-07879 604300

Work will generally involve removing young birch scrub on the common, burning brash from felling works in the wood pasture area, or cutting gorse on the top of May Hill.

 

SO690221

Tuesday

15 Nov 16

 

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

Contact if needed: Kev 07900 050115

Heath Restoration

Birch cut, treat, drag and burn

ST558992

Thursday

17 Nov 16

 

May Hill - National Trust

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- Laura-07879 604300

Work will generally involve removing young birch scrub on the common, burning brash from felling works in the wood pasture area, or cutting gorse on the top of May Hill.

 

SO690221

Tuesday

22 Nov 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.

Scrub clearing on this important butterfly site

SO650126

Tuesday

29 Nov 16

 

Edgehills GWT Nature Reserve

The 'Wilderness' road sign is one of a kind and on the A4136 at the highest point between Cinderford and Mitcheldean. Drive as high as you can on this road (A4136) and within 100m will be the 'Wilderness' sign, take the unnamed forest track opposite. Continue along forest track for approx.. 1 mile to Forest gate and Edgehills nature reserve.

Heathland restoration - cut and treat birch, cut and leave larch, dig up/ pull up part buried old fence that is hazard to grazing animals. Bonfire dependant on weather (not dry!)

SO662158

Thursday

1 Dec 16

 

Although this is the normal first Thursday in the month for us to be at the Arboretum, we will NOT be there on this day but on the 15 Dec instead

 

 

Tuesday

6 Dec 16

 

Mallards Pike/Moseley Green

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

Scrub clearing on this important butterfly site

SO637088

Thursday

8 Dec 16

 

May Hill - National Trust

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- Laura-07879 604300

Work will generally involve removing young birch scrub on the common, burning brash from felling works in the wood pasture area, or cutting gorse on the top of May Hill.

 

SO690221

Tuesday

13 Dec 16

 

Wigpool GWT Nature Reserve - Christmas BBQ

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).

Contact if needed: Kev 07900 050115 or Email:

[PLEASE EMAIL or CALL or TEXT to CONFIRM ATTENDANCE by Dec 8TH]

BBQ something...
Baked Pots,
Cake,
Buffet,
Drinks
…and birch clearance

SO652195

Thursday

15 Dec 16

 

Cyril Hart Arboretum

(Changed from the 1st Dec)

SO624118

Tuesday

20 Dec 16

 

Gorsty/Milkwall

Meet in the Darkhill Iron Works car park off the Sling – Fetter Hill road

Coppicing and scrub clearance for butterflies and reptiles

And of course mince pies!

SO588087

Tuesday

27 Dec 16

 

No work today, Happy Christmas and New Year!

 

 

Tuesday

3 Jan 17

 

Mallards Pike/Moseley Green

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

Scrub clearing on this important butterfly site

SO637088

Thursday

5 Jan 17

 

Arboretum

 

AND

Woorgreen Lake

Woorgreen - We need to keep on top of this younger birch at Woorgreens to ensure the habitat is as heathy as possible.

MEET: Kensley wet weather shelter just along track towards Woorgreens, meet or call Kev 07900 050115

Normal Arboretum tasks

 

 

 

Woorgreens birch control these areas may be small enough to cut, treat and leave to waste, or habitat piles.

 

 

 

 

SO626127

Tuesday

10 Jan 17

 

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

Contact if needed: Kev 07900 050115

Heath Restoration

Birch cut, treat, drag and burn

ST558992

Thursday

12 Jan 17

 

Woorgreen Lake

We need to keep on top of this younger birch at Woorgreens to ensure the habitat is as heathy as possible.

MEET: Kensley wet weather shelter just along track towards Woorgreens, meet or call Kev 07900 050115

Woorgreens birch control these areas may be small enough to cut, treat and leave to waste, or habitat piles.

 

SO626127

Tuesday

17 Jan 17

 

Foxes Bridge Colliery Tip

Enter the forest at the wooden five barred gate by Kensley Lodge at SO625128.

Immediately follow the forest road to the right and continue along until the left turn onto the old tarmac road.

Go along the tarmac road to the parking area at SO634135 at the top of Crabtree Hill

Scrub/tree clearance for a range of  wildlife

Work site
 

SO638136

Thursday

19 Jan 17

 

May Hill - National Trust

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- Laura-07879 604300

AND

Hobbs Quarry

MEET: on un-named road off A40 between nowhere and nowhere (see grid ref) Call Kev on 07900 050115 for help with directions.

Work will generally involve removing young birch scrub on the common, burning brash from felling works in the wood pasture area, or cutting gorse on the top of May Hill.

 

 

 

 

General winter tidy up at the poor forgotten Hobbs Quarry. Parking is awful but room enough for several cars on track (as long as we all leave at the same time!). Cut matted collapsed ride vegetation and raking into shady piles. 6- 10 persons ideal.

SO690221

 

 

 

 

SO694195

Tuesday

24 Jan 17

 

Wigpool GWT 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).

Birch and gorse clearance.

Willow coppicing.

Bonfire.

Pit House Pond compartment.

SO652195

Thursday

26 Jan 17

 

Stenders Quarry

MEET: on 'the Stenders' road which heads west out of Mitcheldean passing its church. Reserve entrance is just as speed limit becomes national. Call Kev for any assistance 07900 050115

Warning, difficult ground/steep slopes.

Not an easy site to work but one which needs some of us to help cut, treat and burn the scrubby trees (most will require chainsaw). We have made fantastic progress in earlier years but recently this reserve has gone without the graft it requires due to our focus on heaths. Stumps will be treated ASAP and the more we can rake up and burn the better the limestone grassland will be that follows. This is the home ground to our sheep which have ventured further and further afield. Suitable for 6-10 persons as space limited and tree felling.

 

SO659183

Tuesday

31 Jan 17

 

Shakemantle Quarry

Take the Ruspidge Road from Cinderford to Soudley, turning left up Tramway road. Park at the end and in the turning area on the right of the road.

Note : Parking is limited so please share lifts if possible and park VERY carefully!

Scrub clearance from quarry floor to expose rock formations and benefit invertebrates requiring open conditions.

SO651113

Tuesday

7 Feb 17

 

Edgehills GWT Nature Reserve

The 'Wilderness' road sign is one of a kind and on the A4136 at the highest point between Cinderford and Mitcheldean. Drive as high as you can on this road (A4136) and within 100m will be the 'Wilderness' sign, take the unnamed forest track opposite. Continue along forest track for approx.. 1 mile to Forest gate and Edgehills nature reserve.

Heathland restoration - cut and treat birch, cut and leave larch, dig up/ pull up part buried old fence that is hazard to grazing animals. Bonfire dependant on weather (not dry!)

SO662158

Thursday

16 Feb 17

 

May Hill - National Trust

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- Laura-07879 604300

Work will generally involve removing young birch scrub on the common, burning brash from felling works in the wood pasture area, or cutting gorse on the top of May Hill.

 

SO690221

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

 

 

 

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2014

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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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