The Planting of Surrey Heath’s first Community Orchard

SHTW’s had the great pleasure of supporting the West End Village Society in November 2022 for the planting of Surrey Heath’s first ever Community Orchard!

The weather held off, as a team of volunteers, some 34 in total, came together to plant 42 semi mature fruit trees, including a walnut tree at Windlemere SANG GU24 9QL. The ecological impact of such an initiative is great – from absorbing pollution to maintaining soil quality. Furthermore providing an annual supply of nutritious fruits for use by local residents. These trees will reap benefits for many years to come.

A huge thank you to all those involved!

Top left photo: Cllr Graham Alleway & Angela Llewhellyn ; Bottom Left photo: Anne & Trish

Chobham Water Meadows Balsam Pulling

On 23rd and 30th June the team participated in two days of Big Himalayan Balsam Pulling to support Surrey Heath Borough Council and the community – and what a success it was!

Himalayan Balsam Pull is an invasive non-native species which is widespread along many rivers across the country. The issue is the species extensive coverage along river banks, which once it dies during the winter, leaves the river banks exposed to excessive erosion. This negatively impacts local river ecosystems, including the resultant silt smothering fish and invertebrate eggs.

Pictures from the two days can be found below, courtesy of Steve Harris. If you would like to find out more about our work, please do not hesitate to contact Jerry Brownlee.

Author: Isobel Gould

Warren Wood – Update

With spring on the horizon and temperatures warming, Warren Wood is thriving with all sorts of plants and wildlife and we have some pictures to show for it!

From left to right:

  1. Spotted high up in the tree canopy – a fantastic looking bird’s nest
  2. What looks to be like a type of Birch polypore growing on a Birch tree
  3. Vice-Chair Jerry Brownlee stood next to some native daffodils
  4. More daffodils – because we just couldn’t resist!

If you would like to join a working party, please check out our Upcoming Events page to find out more details.

Tree Planting During National Tree Week

In celebration of the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, SHTWs hosted a tree planting and woodland management event on 28th November!

Trees are important carbon stores, habitats providers, environment regulators…trees are basically amazing! Our work focuses on woodland management and tree restoration so in support of National Tree Week, we set out to plant trees in Windlesham Field of Remembrance. This week marks the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March of every year). 

Here are some photos from the great day!

Photograph of Peter Farrelly and Helen Hansen-Hujl. 28th November
Photo taken by James Ascough at Warren Wood. 26th November

Warren Wood visit by RT Hon Michael Gove MP

This May, we had an exciting visit from RT Hon Michael Gove MP to Warren Wood! Here, he met and thanked Surrey Choices on our behalf for all their support with our efforts. Surrey Choices have also offered their support with us at Carwarden House School should we proceed, so a worthwhile days effort indeed!

Author: Jerry Brownlee & Issy Gould 28/05/221

Snow photos from Warren Wood

To celebrate the recent snow showers, we have collated some fantastic snow pictures to share. A massive thank you Ian Simmons, Bernard Baverstock and Martin Merrington for the contribution and Jerry Brownlee for coordinating.

Early Daffodils By Bernard Baverstock
Snow covered path through Warren Wood by Ian Simmonds
Old snow covered tree stump by Bernard Baverstock
Sunlight catching on some tree branches by Ian Simmonds
Snowy path with view of bird box by Martin Merrington
Snow and sunlight through the trees! By Martin Merrington

13/02/2021 Issy Gould

Exciting new projects in Windlesham Field of Remembrance

A number of our Trustees had an excellent site meeting with Windlesham Field of Remembrance on Wednesday, 14th October, with the aim of helping The Trustees of W F o R to maintain this excellent woodland area for the enjoyment of the local community.

We were delighted to find that a professionally run outside children’s “Woodland School” has been set in the wood and is used four times a week to educate kids about the wonders of the great outdoors. An aim we totally endorse!

To that end SHTW’s are to provide and put up a number of nest boxes (already in stock) and possibly going forward bat boxes. We will also tidy and clear any brambles around the adventure area.

In addition to the support of the education area, we will carry out cutting out and clearing the inevitable invasive species, Laurel, excess Holly and Rhododendrons where appropriate, to allow the native Woodland Trees to thrive, as they always have done. The site is well worth a visit as the new café is open and doing brilliant drinks and snacks!

For information on working parties at the Windlesham Field of Remembrance please contact Jerry Brownlee at: vicechair.shtw@gmail.com

15/10/2020 Author: Jerry Brownlee

Holy Trinity CofE Primary School collaboration

Surrey Heath Tree Wardens aim to provide education on the benefits of conservation and the protection of the environment.  We do this through talks and presentations to Schools, Community Groups and Public Events. As part of this strategy, we have rolled out our Education Programme to all state Infant and Junior schools in Surrey Heath involving Heads, Governors, Teachers and Eco Champions.   The programme will ensure that Surrey Heath’s children are able to understand the value of trees to the entire community.

SHTW provided four new apple trees to extend the small orchard at Holy Trinity CoE Primary School, West End. These were cared for by Yvette, the local tree warden during the Summer. Our thanks go to David Elliott for providing transport of the trees and to Hilliers’ Garden Centre in Sunningdale for sponsoring one of the trees. Planting took place on 15th September with several members of the community and Deputy Head Liz Ambrose. Social distances were observed of course!

In the Autumn, we plan to have a working party at Holy Trinity School to plant nearly 200 saplings obtained though The Woodlands Trust – (2 x Small Hedge (60 saplings), Medium Wild Wood (105 saplings). 

Tree planting!

20/09/2020 Author: Savitri Kegge

Planned recommencing of operations for 13th August

We will be enforcing a 5m distancing rule and, for the time being, we will not be able to supply our regular teas, coffees, chocolates and biscuits, so please bring your own, plus a mug!

With regard to equipment, this will be allocated, depending on the job, at the start, and will not be allowed to be swapped during the session. At the end of each session all equipment will be disinfected (already purchased).  Please as most people do anyway, bring your own stout gloves and shoes / boots.

Whilst working in public spaces, via new signage, we will be asking the public to avoid our areas of work.

We believe that being outdoors, in the sunshine (hopefully), getting some valuable exercise should present an excellent healthy environment——— plus of course  other like-minded people to “shout” at from at least a 5m distance!

Our work sites from the restart subject to dates, will of course be Warren Wood and some fruit tree planting at Holy Trinity School at West End.

I can tell you that we will stick to the Warren Woods date format for work parties as the second Thursday and third Saturday of each month, 10:00 till 13:00 hrs,  for August it will be Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th of that month. Please get the dates onto the kitchen diary / calendar! I will write again nearer the time, however enjoy your Summer till then.

Please take care and stay safe!

19/06/2020 Jerry Brownlee