Sat 1st June
A busy and successful work party this month.
We worked with local residents on Brow Street, marking and clearing out the new area for the new forest garden. We opened up a vent into the air raid shelter and went in - fascinating! Vera, a local resident who had used the shelter when she was a girl going to Parkwood Boarding School, visited the site and told us what it was like hearing the sirens and going down into the shelter.
We also did some weeding around the newly planted wildflowers in the picnic area to give them a better chance. And cleared the cobbled path from the kissing gate down to the end of the railing.
Thirsty and heavy work - and a great accomplishment by all!
Sat 2nd May
Cleared the cobbled path from the top down to the kissing gate. Widened the path by clearing mud and debris and the channel at the side.
Sat 6th April
We walked around the wood, enjoying the walk and thinking of projects for the spring and summer.
We came up with the following:
- Dry stone wall repair including training for us
- Litter picking (particularly on the down side of the cobbled path about half way down)
- Footpath repair near Delph Croft View
- Adding retaining stakes by the footpath near Parkwood flats
- Identifying with the Council an area of beech in which to create a clearing
- Clearing up a set of steps by 31 Kendal St
- Species Richness list
Sat 2nd March
We moved the dead tree that was blocking the path by the dry stone wall by the school using ropes. We found hawthorn, hazel, spindle and holly saplings that we'd planted growing okay in Friends' Glade and a few bluebells. At Landslide Footpath we took the vandalised posts off the wire fence, rolled up the fence and took them all away for safekeeping. Lunch at Copperwaite development in sun! Then we litter-picked behind Pineoakio where the flytipping was and collected 20+ bags! We did a huge amount of work today - well done to everyone who helped out!
Sat 2nd February
Made safe the dead tree that had fallen on top of the dry stone wall by Long Lee Primary. Removed overhead branch plus other large branches and cleared the way of the footpath by the Copperwaite development. Scoped out surrounding area.
Sat 5th January
We have re-opened the footpath adjacent to the Copperwaite development. Cleared space for the path, cut back dead wood, removed overhanging branches and logs that would be a safety issue. We created a habitat pile with the cut off branches.
One very large branch still needs to be removed, some raking and another small habitat pile will complete the job.
Sat 1st December
We inspected the fallen/damaged trees at Elephant's Backside. Future project to saw up wood and make habitat piles (in partnership with other organisations - very labour intensive). We inspected the Copperwaite site. We need to re-open the footpath adjacent. Found flytipping behind 'Pineoakio' - Andrew Cutts informed. Attached new clinometer on fence by Slump-Path (measured as 3'). Picked up 5 bags of rubbish. Rained constantly. No sign of any cheddar.
Sat 3rd November
Inspected potentially dead tree at the top of the cobbled path near the kissing gate. Clearing of cobbled path. Litter picking.
Sat 6th September
We installed clinometers on the middle path to monitor land slippage and did some litter picking.
Sat 4th August
Litter picking, site preparation for the Summer Social event, grass and bramble strimming.
Sat 7th July
Reviewed new footpath area, preliminary inspection of Picnic area for Summer Social and litter picking.
Sat 2nd June
Sat 5th May
We planted Red Campion, Devil's Bit Scabious, Greater Bird foot Trefoil, Meadowsweet and Ragged Robin in the dam area. 10 of each. 50 plugs in all. We also upskilled our plant ID to include Creeping Buttercup, Raspberry and Soft rush. And we dined at an archaeological feature found by John W. Then picked up four bags of rubbish plus one carpet and skateboard!
Sat 14th April
Bluebell planting and litter-picking. We planted 200 bluebell plants in the glade (with no name). Very enjoyable! They didn't go far! 10 bags of rubbish including a toilet! Rubbish left by litter bin on Spring Avenue.
Sat 6th January
Removal of dead branches and litter picking.
Sat 1st November
Planted our shrub saplings in The Glade with No Name a.k.a. Indian Queen Glade (TBC!)
Sat 2nd September
We put up the last two bird boxes! That's eight in all for Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great tit / Blue tit and Robin. They are in three clusters: picnic area (3), Heather Hill (3) and Hazel avenue (2). Around mid-day we saw a spitfire - terrific!
Sat 3rd June
We put up three bird boxes, two around Heather Hill and one between Heather Hill and the kissing gate. Two for great/blue tits and one for robin. Thanks to Parkwood Glass for the loan of the ladders. Mike did the dangerous and skilful bit of going up the ladders. We saw three robins around about the site of our new robin bird box!
Sat 1st April
Put up 3 bird boxes (robin, great/blue tit, woodpecker) in south of wood. Thanks to Mike for bringing the ladders and to Parkwood Glass for lending them. Cleared mud off and swept about 15 metres of cobbled path. Picked up 5 bags of rubbish, half a bath, a hoover, a car battery and a rusty chair frame.
Sat 4th March
Started clearing the cobbled path from the top all the way (almost) to the kissing gate. Picked up 14 bags of rubbish and some tangles of wire.
Sat 4th February
Great day! Lots of energy! Started laying aggregate on the new path ('yellow brick road' - working title, think of a better one?). Did about 25m (60m to go). We've asked the Council for some more aggregate.
Also 8 bags of litter plus one tyre removed. Didn't intend to do litter picking but we finished off the Council's aggregate pile in under an hour!
Sat 7th January
Walked round the wood, marked up the trees for bird-boxes and removed 10 + bags of litter and large objects near Kendal Street.
Sat 5th November
Litter picked 9 bags of rubbish including a duvet. Re-routed footpath around landslide area recently fenced off by Council. Signs to put up. We now need a name for this path. Any suggestions ...?
Sat 3rd September
Strolled, thought, observed. What are the best locations for our bird boxes? Several possible sites. Many factors to consider: safe ladder access; predators; shelter; height; density; vandalism; habitat borders. Next we need long ladders. Our bird boxes are suitable for great spotted woodpecker, coal and blue tit, and robin.
Sat 6th August
Prepared the picnic area for the Family Day tomorrow. Thanks to Sheila for the strimmer! Put up the parachute tent.
Sat 2nd April
14 bags of rubbish collected from around the footpaths and from Kendal Street area. It sounds a lot but the worst bit by a long way was by the entrance to the wood at the top which is now clear. Great stuff!
Sat 6th February
Assessed landslide area. Looked at new route of path and walked it over, removed saplings and discovered a lime tree.
Sat 2nd January
Surveyed wood and flooding problems. Litter picking.
Group agreed that a new location for the pond is likely needed. Next work party – look for a potential new site for pond.
Sat 3rd October
We went for a walk around the wood looking for and taking photographs of fungi. We found about 15 different species though well past their best. Also found one syringe (removed) and 4 pallets (also removed).
Sat 5th September
Focused on Kendal St, picking up the litter either side of the hedge. Toured the footpaths, clearing litter away including the picnic area. Cleared several large items from a couple of sites.
Sat 1st August
Cleared the litter from the big quarry (foot of Heather Hill). There was an abandoned tent, if any one wants it back let us know. The footpath extending from Kendal Street, past the area where the old Scout's Hut used to be (towards an avenue of hazels) was all overgrown so we cleared that using sickles and shears.
Sat 6th June & Sat 4th July
Work parties cancelled.
Sat 1st May
Cleared 30 (!) bags of litter from the right hand side of the wall at the entrance to the top of the wood. Removed beech seedlings from the glade area (observed bramble, sycamore, holly, ivy, hawthorn and oak natural regeneration). Cleared final stretch of gulleys either side of the cobbled path down to the bottom gate.
Sat 4th April
Built the new dam (or started it at least). Continued clearing the gulleys along the cobbled path. Ken and Evelyn started the photo-record of the dam and glade areas. Tea and cake were supplied at basecamp.
Sat 7th March
Litter picking - 14 bags.
Sat 7th February
Pond measurements, dry stone wall inspection, Rhododendron search, identified litter picking hotspot.
Sat 3rd January
Rain stopped play. Inspected the pond-to-be.
- Park Wood is designated at least partly as Ancient Woodland as confirmed by indicator species
- It is about 10 times bigger than Low Wood (approx 30 ha) on a steep hillside facing NW.
- Geology is sandstone and clay.
- Predominant trees are Beech and Silver Birch.
- Under storey predominantly Beech saplings, leaf litter and 1 or 2 glades with grass, eg a Heather hill.
- Several old quarries within the wood.
- Couple of tiny streams along with boggy areas.
- Park Wood is well used by the locals some of whom provide jobs for the Friends of Park Wood litter picking team.
- Fauna – woodland birds (including a visit this year from a Pied Flycatcher), Roe Deer, etc.