The Woodland Trust’s Ancient Tree Hunt Campaign is now under way. The Trust plans to create a living map of ancient trees across the UK and hopes to involve thousands of volunteers in the campaign to track down ancient trees and enter the details on the web site www.ancient-tree-hunt.org.uk. By 2011 the Trust hopes to have recorded at least 100,000 specimens which will help to protect these natural assets for generations to come.

The hunt also aims to reconnect communities with their past, some historic trees have fascinating links to historic events. I can remember a school trip to see the Wilberforce tree, an ancient oak in Kent under which William Wilberforce was supposed to have sat and discussed the abolition of slavery. The oak was very old and hollow and enclosed by railings and having some shackles around it to remind people of its story.

The Trust is looking to recruit people as verifiers, who will be able to check the entries for trees in their area. For people looking to see how old some of our trees are we are planning to measure and record some of our older trees on Sunday 25th November at the start of National Tree Week.

Work Days

The July and August Work Days have been cancelled, so our next opportunity to work in Park Wood will be Sunday 30th September 2018, starting at 10am.  All are welcome to come along and meet our friendly group and help keep the wood such a delightful haven. Light refreshments and all tools provided, but please wear suitable footwear. 


News

AGM - 23rd May 2018

Over 30 people attended the AGM at which Inge Ridley-Jones was warmly thanked for having successfully concluded negotiations with the Woodland Trust which will enable us to continue working in Park Wood. She stood down from the Committee at the conclusion of the meeting, and we welcomed our new Chairman, Pete Hodges, whose first duty will be to sign the Third Party Agreement on our behalf and arrange further meetings with the WT Site Manager.

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Membership of The Friends of Park Wood is open to anyone interested in keeping this a safe and pleasant place to visit.

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