In February, volunteers had to repair a vandalised gate over planned work.
The Friends write:
The Friends of Thorne Community Wood have been continuing thinning work in Area 6, which is the section of the wood next to the car park. We are coming up to the end of the felling season with spring around the corner, as soon the birds will begin nesting and the wildlife will become more active.
Unfortunately the group had to postpone the work they had planned for the first session in February to undertake repairs on one of the gates into the wood from the car park area instead. This had been vandalised by quad bikers so that they could cut through the woods. The incident happened at about 9pm on Tuesday 1st Feb, and has been reported to the police and relevant authorities. If anyone has any information on this or any other anti-social behaviour please pass the information on to the police or the Friends.
The woods weathered the recent high winds with relatively little damage. Leaves are already appearing on some of the trees, earlier than we’d normally expect and probably due to the mild temperature. There has been a recent report by the University of Cambridge showing that plants are flowering one month earlier than they were a few centuries ago. On a much shorter timescale, anecdotal observations from the wood appear to support this.
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 email@example.com or by getting in touch on their Facebook page.