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Work sessions

 

We meet outside the old brick and flint barn (red star on map) adjacent to the western entrance to the Roedale allotments, which is accessed from the Ditchling Road via the road to the Upper Roedale cottages.  The sessions are held on alternate Saturdays and Sundays on the first weekend of every month from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

All members and others are welcome to join us.  There is no obligation to stay for the whole morning or to attend every work day: it is entirely up to you how many hours you do or how often you come, but you will always be made very welcome.  Gloves and tools are provided but wear sturdy footwear. For tasks such as tree thinning and planting a new hedge, training is given. The work is not too strenuous and we always stop for a break with tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

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Children accompanied by a parent or other adult are welcome to attend work sessions, but with safety as a priority, please note that it is the responsibility of the accompanying parent or adult to ensure that children are safe at all times, in respect both of their own activities and keeping a prudent distance from the activities of others.  Looking after their children may well limit a parent’s own contribution to a workday, but the Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods group cannot, and does not, accept responsibility for the welfare of children during work sessions.

 

 

 

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Work session schedule – 2017

 

 

Saturday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

 

3 June 2017

Weed North Hedge and eradicate hybrid Bluebells from New Glade

 

Sunday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

 

2 July 2017

Short work session clearing Hollingbury Park bays followed by picnic lunch at 1:00. See below for more details.

 

 

Saturday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

 

5 August 2017

Clear Forget-Me-Not Glade and both Hazel Coppices

 

Sunday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

 

3 September 2017

Clear Butterfly Banks

Clear Snowdrop and South Tennis Glades

 

Saturday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

 

7 October 2017

Prune and weed HRW Hedge

Burstead Wood path and litter clearance.  Butterfly Glade clearance.  Pioneer House perimeter tree aftercare and Wild Daffodil planting

 

Sunday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

5 November 2017

Prune and weed North Hedge.  Clear Butterfly Banks

Clear North Tennis Glade

 

Saturday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

 

2 December 2017

Clear Sheep Lane Glade and weed Bee  Bank

 

Work session schedule – 2018

 

 

Sunday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

7 January 2018

Top Elm hedge bordering Ditchling Road

Clear Hollingbury Park bays and ivy control in North Wood

 

Saturday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

 

3 February 2018

Tree and snowdrop planting in Hollingbury Wood

 

Sunday

10:00 AM -

1:00 PM

4 March 2018

Burstead Wood path maintenance.  Butterfly Glade clearance and Gorse patch weeding.   Pioneer House perimeter tree aftercare

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other activities

 

 

 

 

Saturday

20 May 2017

2:30 PM

 

Annual General Meeting

 

Brian Foster Environment Centre,

Dorothy Stringer School,

Stringer Way, off Surrenden Road, BN1 6PZ

 

Open to members and non-members, a free event with tea and homemade cakes

 

Guest speaker – Dr Chris Sandom from Sussex University talking about Rewilding Sussex & beyond what it is and why we need it. Rewilding seeks to reverse declines in biodiversity through restoring natural processes.

 

Sunday

28 May 2017

10:00 AM

 

Morning woodland

walk

 

Wildflower identification walk – Meet at the flint barn at 10:00 AM for a relaxed opportunity to learn the names of some of the wildflowers in Hollingbury Woods. Bring a drink and a snack, and camera or drawing material, if you want to capture images of the flowers. 

 

Sunday

2 July 2017

1:00 PM

Summer picnic

After a short work session in the morning, we’ll have a picnic lunch for members, friends, and family. Meet at the flint barn at 1:00, bring food to share, and something to sit on. Plates and cutlery will be provided. If you can, please let Karen mailto:karenjanejohnston@hotmail.com know what food you’re bringing to avoid duplications.

 

Wednesday

12 July 2017

7:00 PM

 

Evening woodland

walk

 

Medicinal trees and plants walk on the theme

 

Where the wild medicine grows

 

Julia Behrens, a qualified, local, medical herbalist, will take us on a stroll through the woods, past the golf course and around Hollingbury Hill Fort. She will share her expert knowledge of the medicinal qualities of various trees and plants.

 

This will take approximately 1.5 - 2 hours starting outside 40 Stanmer Villas BN1 7HP.

There is no charge but we will ask for donations.

Wear appropriate clothing according to the weather and sturdy footwear.

 

Sunday

23 July 2017

10:00 AM 

Annual away day

 

Return visit to Knepp Estate – After visiting the Knepp Estate, famed for its re-wilding policies, in July 2011, we are returning for a guided walk through the estate lead by Geoffrey Mead.

 

If you expect to come on this visit, please let Lesley Brown know (01273 707289 mailto:lesleyannbrown@yahoo.co.uk, including whether you will be needing. Or can offer, transport.

 

 

 

 

Page last updated: 14 May 2017

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