Each month the Thorne Times publishes news and views from the volunteer group ‘The Friends of Thorne Community Wood’ – here’s what they had to say in July:
“The results are in for the Fairy Poetry Competition, held by the Friends of Thorne Community Wood with the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership and guest poet and judge Addy Farmer. The Friends would like to thank everyone for their brilliant entries, and we can announce that the winner was Ben Gilson from Thorne, with this poem:
In a faraway glade,
When the light begins in fade,
The fairies come out of hiding.
All around the trees,
The fairies dance with leaves,
And spin, and sing and play.
They make the flowers grow,
They make the river flow,
They are the keepers of the forest.
“Thanks again to everyone who entered, and keep an eye out down the fairy glade for more poems!
“The Friends are very pleased to announce that they have been awarded a grant from South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, as part of Eon’s Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund. The grant is for £6, 367 and will be a great help to the Friends and the wood. The money will go towards equipment, training and materials for the group for a range of uses. Watch this space for more details on projects the money is being used for.
“Thorne Community Wood is now 25 years old, and to celebrate this anniversary the Friends will be holding a special event on Saturday 14 September. The day will include talks and guided walks around the site, as well as the chance to meet the volunteers and other groups who use the site. The event will be open to all and free to attend, but booking will be required for a place on a walk. More details will follow closer to the day when booking is open.
“The warm wet weather has created ideal conditions for growth for many of the plants down the wood. Despite work over the autumn and winter cutting back along paths and tracks, some of these are now getting quite restricted by the undergrowth. The Friends have been prioritising clearing access on their task days, and contractors are being used for some of the larger areas.”
The Friends are always on the lookout for more volunteers. There are many ways to help out, such as helping to run events, undertaking practical conservation work, or assisting with admin or fundraising activities. For more information about the wood, or for details on how to get involved, you can contact the Friends by leaving a message on 07902 772695, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by getting in touch on their Facebook page.
A map of the wood can be found HERE