Each month the Thorne Times publishes news & views from the volunteer group ‘The Friends of Thorne Community Wood’ – Here’s what they have to say this month which includes details of a family event being run in partnership with the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership
“Storm Brian didn’t stop the Friends of Thorne Community Wood from holding one of their Sunday task sessions down the wood last month. Large amounts of brash had built up in Area 6 from previous work sessions, so the Friends spent the morning clearing it and also cutting the hedge along the side of the Adopt-a-Tree area.
“The Friends are very lucky to have the support of several local groups who regularly help out with practical work. These include the Green Gym, Scouts and the Hesley Group. The Hesley Group’s latest project has been rebuilding the dead hedge in the car park. The Scouts helped with the preparation work, coppicing hazel and felling small self sets for materials to use, and the car park area now looks much better with the dead hedge redone.
“Several of the Friends attended a training session on woodland management at Belton, run by the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership. It was a very informative and enjoyable session, with the Friends learning about how to fell with hand tools, as well as coppicing and dead hedging techniques. As well as practical skills, they also covered tree identification, and uses for woodland and tree products.
“The Friends are pleased to announce ‘A Meal Fit For A Bird’ family event being run with the Landscape Partnership down the wood on Sunday 3 December. Suitable for all ages, come along to learn how to make bird feeders from natural products. The event will run from 1:30-3:30pm with no booking necessary, please come along and join us”. For further details contact Community Education Officer Jo Meays at email@example.com or 01724 296723.
For more information about the wood, or for details on how to get involved, you can contact the Friends by phone on 07902 772695 (please leave a message), email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by getting in touch on their Facebook page.
A map of the wood is available to download here: Thorne Community Wood Map