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Holy Trinity tree planting event
In early November West End Trees wardens and some volunteers planted over 100 young saplings in the woodland area on the grounds of Holy Trinity Primary School, Benner Lane, West End. The trees were supplied by The Woodland Trust as part on a nationwide tree planting initiative. Four types of trees were planted, Downy Birch, Goat Willow, Crab apple Hazel and Hawthorn.
A further 100 trees are also due to be planted this month, which, as they mature, will provide a natural barrier between the school playing fields and the newly built housing estate adjacent to the school. We are hoping to also get some fast-growing ivy and holly to be part of this barrier.
24/11/2020 Author: Savitri Kegge
Government lockdown update: recommencing operations on 3rd December
We are delighted to advise that we now have a sound plan for the rest of this year and into the New Year.
The 100 plus saplings, due for Holy Trinity School in West End, arrived and have been planted, and will hugely enhance the Woodland School area to teach generations of children about the great and wonderful outdoors. A worthy project I think you will agree. A big well done to the West End team!
Moving forward, we still have a couple of hundred saplings for Warren Woods, which we have currently “healed in” to enable us to plant them later this year and early 2021.
Subject to Lock Down finishing as planned on the 2nd December, we have arranged the following working Parties which will happen subject to weather and government recommendations.
Thursday 3rd December— Windlesham Field of Remembrance, to continue the cutting out of invasive species, mainly Laurel and Holly, and general woodland maintenance.
Thursday 10th December — Warren Woods, Frimley, GU16 8SW. Planting and clearance for further planting.
Thursday 7th January— Warren Woods, Frimley, GU16 8SW. Planting and clearance for further planting.
Saturday 16th January— Warren Woods, Frimley, GU16 8SW. Planting and clearance for further planting.
Also in the New Year, we will be doing work at Crawley Ridge Junior School, GU15 2AJ, helping to make a new Woodland School area and create a woodland walk for the children. Plus, we are to organise a major tidy up of the school nature pond and bog garden. A very exciting project.
Hopefully despite the on / off nature of this past year, your enthusiasm for the Groups work remains, and that we will see many of you at some of those events listed above and throughout the coming New Year.
Please note that all C19 Health and Safety measures will be adhered to for many months yet, including our 5 metre personal space rule.
Very best wishes, any queries or comments please get in contact with Jerry Brownlee.
11/11/2020 Author: Jerry Brownlee
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!
So please join us on the Tuesday, 3rd November for our first post-Covid 19 lockdown working party at Windlesham Field of Remembrance by contacting Jerry Brownlee at: email@example.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).
20/09/2020 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
A warm welcome to all our members and site visitors.
In light of Government recommendations, public right of way will be temporarily restricted during working hours, to respect the safety of both volunteers and the public. Normal PPE will be distributed on site, but not gloves, the strict adhering of 5 metre distancing between individuals will be encouraged. The work we hope to conduct includes general tidying of brash piles and maintenance of laurel and holly, respecting nesting birds of course. We continue to follow the advice and guidance from Government and will respond appropriately to future developments, prioritising the safety of our volunteers and workers.
Please keep an eye on the web site and Facebook Pages; https://www.facebook.com/groups/115792239046031/
26/05/2020 Authors Issy Gould and Jerry Brownlee
Changes taking place in Warren Wood
We are pleased to update on the progress that is being made in Warren Wood. Where there were just one or two native daffodils there are now loads showing up, the snowdrops are out, the violets are out, and the foxgloves are sprouting over a wide area. It looks like the badgers are quite active as well. Please see pictures below.
13/02/2020 Author: Trefor Hogg
Our Annual AGM
Our AGM this year will be on Monday 17th February 2020 at the Half Moon Public House, Church Road, Windlesham, GU20 6BN. Times 19:00 to 21:00hrs. Our Guest of Honour will be The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Robin Perry. Please note voting rights are only given to members who have actively supported the Charity during the past year. Our Guest Speaker will be Phil Green, a local Tree Surgeon talking on the subject of the Life and Travails of the job. Otherwise known as the Highs and Lows of the career!
All interested, please come along, member or not, you will be most welcome!
01/02/2020 Author: Jerry Brownlee.
Warren Wood Update
Surrey County Council declares Climate Emergency
In light of the Prime Minister’s recent announcement to eradicate the UK’s net contribution to Climate Change by 2050, Surrey County Council has officially declared a Climate Emergency. The results from a full council meeting held on Tuesday, 9th July, can be summated into the three following points.
- Committing actions to support both businesses and local authorities in their efforts to combat Climate Change.
- Recognising the importance and value of trees in slowing the pace of Climate Change and providing vital habitats for wildlife
- Managing verges for wildlife in order to increase biodiversity and effectively communicate to local residents the importance of road verges for wildlife habitats.
19.09.2019 Author: Issy Gould
Evening tour led by Surrey Heath Green Spaces
On the 30th July the Surrey Heath Green Spaces Team led by Gordon Voller very kindly hosted an excellent 3 hour evening ramble through the woods and heathland of Lightwater Country Park, including a meet the goats session! Our party of 16 enjoyed a most informative time which hopefully we can repeat again another day. Please see below for a few pictures taken throughout the evening.
13.07.2019. Author: Jerry Brownlee.