Community Trees

A group of Low Carbon Lymm volunteers have joined forces to undertake practical work and run activities in Spud Wood. If you want to get involved contact us at info@lowcarbonlymm.org.uk

Friends of Spud Wood

Friends of Spud Wood (FoSW) has grown out of the LCL tree group. We have been working with The Woodland Trust site manager for Spud Wood.  With support from The Woodland Trust we have run a number of sessions to undertake woodland management in the wood. The initial focus of the work was coppicing of hazel around the edges of a section of the wood, but with a plan to start thinning the trees within the wood to allow in more light and enable the trees to continue to grow and thrive. Without thinning the trees will compete and many will die off naturally – we are just enabling this process. It is also intended to increase species and habitat diversity.

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Coppicing dates for your diary 2017/18

Join us coppicing in 2017/18.  Dates below.  Turn up in warm clothes and boots.  Bring loppers, saws, gloves and kneelers.  Meet in the car park or find us in the wood.

  • Sunday 26 November 2017, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Sunday 7th January 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Sunday 11th February 2018, 1.30-4.30pm
  • Sunday 18th March 2018, 1.30-4.30pm

Some photos from our Woodland Activity Day on 28th October 2017

Really fun day, shame about the weather.  Thanks to Lymm & District Round Table for supporting the event and Tim from  Wilder Things www.wilderthings.co.uk for the kids activities and TESP www.theearthskillsproject.co.uk  for the bodging and the Friends of Spud Wood for all their hard work putting on the other activities.  Pictures Courtesy of Jackie Tucker Photography – www.jackietuckerphotography.com

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Bat walk update

Thank you to Donald and Simon who lead out bat walk on 9th September, next one August 2018 hopefully.  At the walk we saw soprano pipistrelle mostly round by the bridge over the canal, daubentons flying along the canal and we picked up the occasional common pipistrelle early on and also one noctule.

 

Crocuses

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IMG_20161014_104832198Oct 2016 Rotary of Lymm and Friends of Spud wood planted 5,000 purple crocuses near the car park at Spud Wood.  The crocuses are to raise money for polio eradication.

 

 

 

 

Friends of Spud Wood wins Woodland Trust Willow Award for best collaborative achievement

We were very pleased that the Woodland Trust has recognised our efforts in Spud Wood and awarded us the Willow Award at a ceremony in December 2016.  See https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blogs/woodland-trust/2016/12/volunteer-of-the-year-awards/ for more details.

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See what we created at our last Coppicing Day in 2016

Richard, Pam and grandchidren

IMG_20160227_124853526Thank you Tim Kirwin of Wilder Things www.wilderthings.co.uk and to Lymm Round Table for supporting our fun day.

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Benches

We have been very lucky to be given new picnic tables and benches by some groups and members of the community in Lymm, Oughtrington and Heatley.

Our thanks go to Heatley WI, Jubilee WI, Jubilee Gardening Club, Mrs Gregory and Mrs Bruce.  See map opposite to see where you can find all the benches.

 

Wood Allotments (WA) Scheme

We have set-up a Wood Allotment in Spud Wood.  This is supported by both Mersey Forest and The Woodland Trust.  A Wood Allotment is mutually beneficial idea that matches people that need wood to a wood that needs some management.  It gives the owner a carefully marked number of trees to fell for their own use, such as firewood, in a local woodland that is in need of thinning.

We have set-up a Community Interest Company – Friends of Spud Wood CIC – and have now got a Licence from The Woodland Trust to run 20 wood allotments in Spud Wood. The allotments are currently full, but if you want to put your name down for the future and to find out about events please email info@lowcarbonlymm.org.uk

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The WA are being managed under a licence which come with certain conditions.  We have agreed with The Woodland Trust that anyone that wants to take on a wood allotment must:

  • Sign our Code of Conduct, see copy here
  • Complete a tree felling training session.
  • Sign up to be a Woodland Trust volunteer  (free).
  • Undertake a certificated First Aid course.
  • Pay a small fee, currently £30 per year.

Spud Wood - WA - 17-18In addition we have a few further rules that need to be followed:

1. All felling and woodland management is undertaken using hand tools only – no chainsaws or power tools are allowed.

2. No lone working when felling.

3. Only marked trees can be felled.   The site manager marks the trees are to be felled and he decides what is best for Spud Wood; so it’s not all about cutting down the best firewood.

See map above which shows the wood allotment area for 2017/18.

The Woodland Trust has also said they would like those with a wood allotment to become members of The Woodland Trust.

First Aid: For those without any first aid training the The Heart Start First Aid course run by Lymm Round Table meets the requirements of first aid training.  Everyone that has taken the course has found it very useful, so even if you decide you don’t want a WA doing the first aid course is still beneficial.  Details of HeartStart sessions can be found by contacting heartstart@lymmroundtable.co.uk  or see www.lymmroundtable.co.uk/lymm-heartstart/

The 2016/17 wood allotments were in an area that can be found by walking up the path from the Stage Lane car park over Grantham’s bridge and straight up towards Lower Helsdale Wood.  They are on the right hand side.  This area has been felled and a new area will be allocated for 2017/18.

We also have an online calendar so people can flag up when they want to go & work on the allotment so we can ensure there are at least 2 people there at any one time.

We have agreed a risk assessment and method statement for the project –  which can be found here FoSW RA wood allotments July 17 review and FOSW Basic Tree Felling method statement July15

There are a few more details on the Mersey Forest website here… www.woodallotments.org.uk

For more details about the FoSW please see:

You can get in touch about community trees and wood allotments by sending a message to info@lowcarbonlymm.org.uk

Finally we’d like to say thanks – to get this far we have been very lucky and have had the support of the Round Table, Lymm Parish Council, a grant from Stronger Together Neighbourhoods in Warrington and have had first aid training from Lymm Round Table.

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Tree planting – 16th Nov 2014

Spud Wood has some new additions.  On Sunday 16 November Lymm High School Ecology Club helped volunteers from the Friends of Spud Wood (FoSW) Group plant almost 100 new trees.

With the support and encouragement of The Woodland Trust the students planted nearly 100 new fruiting and flowering trees.  The new trees will increase the foraging opportunities in the wood.  Crab Apples, Bird Cherry and Wild Cherry trees were amongst the new saplings that have been planted.

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