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Village Voice April/May 2018 WOODLAND & GREEN SPACES During this period of early spring it is fairly quiet in the wood and the heavy rains and melting snow have turned parts of wood liquid underfoot. This usually creates a problem where walkers with inappropriate footwear start avoiding the mud and widening the paths destroying much of the understory. What may have been a very narrow track during the summer turns into a wide morass. I'm often asked why we don't improve the paths but we do have to remember it is a wood and not a town. During wet weather there are plenty of hardened paths for walkers and cyclists. Even though the paths may be only gravelled they are not cheap. We have a problem where motorcyclists have reappeared in the wood and the last intrusion was on Saturday, March 10 , late afternoon. The motorbike was a very bright green and white with 2 people. If anyone has any information about them we would be grateful to receive it. The work party at the beginning of February opened a gap in the field and cleared away number of tree guards. There is more to do and this will be the focus of the work party on April 7th and 8th. Everybody's welcome. We only ask that you give us a couple of hours, bring heavy gloves to handle thorny bushes and a pair of loppers or pruning saw. The objective is to clear the field of scrub. Ideally we would like to have the field grazed again and we are looking at ways of achieving this. Using cattle is the best way as their feet open up the surface of the soil for seed to germinate. We are unable to hold a work party at the beginning of March as all as supervisors had other commitments but if you are interested in helping us send an email to commonwoodvolunteer@gmail.com and ask to be notified of future activities. We have to thank the Chiltern heavy horses for bringing in Samuel, a 7-year-old Shire horse, to drag some of the logs of the enclosure. We hope to use him again to finish off however there are plans to move them to Devon at some point later this year so we may not get this opportunity again. If anyone out there has a heavy horse willing to pull logs we can certainly make use of them occasionally. We www.pennandtylersgreen.org.uk

Photographs (this page): Eddie Morton have been doing a bit of thinning and will hopefully have some firewood to sell later in the year. We are looking for some form of trailer which would hopefully take one or two builders bags to deliver the logs. Quite a bit of tree safety work was carried out after the storms and snow resulting in the diversion of a path. Thanks go to Andy our volunteer tree surgeon who had to do rather a lot of climbing with the help of a few of us on the ground using ropes and winches to pull out some rather large limbs which got hung up in the tops of trees. Andy is seen here appraising a rather large branch which could: drop onto one of the main paths. I was recently asked by a widow if she could scatter her husband's ashes in the wood, and I readily agreed. This is not the 1st and I don't think it will be the last time I'm asked about this. There are many people who enjoy the wood and it's only fitting that they be allowed to have it as the last resting place. If you have a similar request please contact me and I will do my best to accommodate you. I just need to know when something is happening. Similarly if you want to hold an event please ask me first. We try to accommodate all requests but there are questions of things like insurance and possibility of clashing with other events going on and the protection of wildlife in general which have to be taken into consideration. One thing I am pleased to report is that we hope to acquire an additional 11 acres of woodland fronting Common Wood Lane closest to the village. This will secure access for the future. I hope to confirm this in the next issue. Quite a bit of tree safety work was carried out after the storms and snow resulting in the diversion of a path. I thanks go to Andy our volunteer tree surgeon who had to do rather a lot of climbing with the help of a few of us on the ground using ropes and winches to pull out some rather large limbs which got hung up in the tops of trees. Andy is seen here appraising a rather large branch which could: drop onto one of the main paths. Mike Morley www.pennandtylersgreen.org.uk Village Voice April/May 2018 Pictures by Eddie Morton of the first signs of Spring in the Villages

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