Last week Wednesday volunteers from the Country Management Service visited Carpenters Wood to take the lead in the widening and scalloping of the main ride which runs roughly east to west through the woodland. The ride management and scalloping work is taking place over successive years (as detailed in our 5 year GAP plan) along the south-facing side of the ride, which will benefit most from increased levels of sunlight that are so valuable in enhancing biodiversity along the woodland edge. The pictures were all taken by CMS. Thanks to everyone who turned up to lend a hand!
One of our most important jobs in the woods in the Summertime is to keep the paths clear for all those who wish to enjoy our beautiful woodland without imperiling themselves on the seemingly unstopbable march of the brambles (keeping plenty for those who wish to take advantage of nature’s bounty of blacberries in the Autumn).
Various indicator species for Ancient Woodlands were seen starting to flower in Carpenters Wood today:
As well as the flowers starting to appear, so will the volunteers, with our first session of the year now scheduled for 8th April.
Despite a rather sudden and sharp downpour just before our session was due to start, 6 intrepid volunteers braved the mud and met for our last socially-distanced session of the year. The sun quickly appeared and lifted our spirits and spurred us into action tackling mainly invasive laurel that has been enjoying all the rain.
We have to stop volunteer sessions now we are in Tier 4, but hope that it won’t be long before we resume.
Volunteer seesions have resumed in Carpenters Wood with additional protocols and for groups of 6 or fewer. We would like to thank all the FOCW volunteers and our local neighbours who have picked up litter to keep Carpenters Wood looking beautiful over the Summer months.
A few of the bridleways are becoming overgrown with brambles whilst we have not been able to have working parties in the woods. We tackled one at our recent session:
Also, we made a start on the area damaged by fire back in July. We are hopeful that the larger trees will survive what must have been a very intense, but luckily very localised fire (thanks to the fire brigade for turning up promptly).
Following advice from Three Rivers District Council, volunteer sessions have been cancelled until further notice. The woods themselves are, of course, still open for us all to enjoy.
Volunteers for the Friends of Carpenters Wood were joined by many volunteers from the Countryside Management Service (CMS) for our last work session of 2019.
Silver-washed fritillary have been seen again in Carpenters Wood. The eggs are laid on tree trunks and in the Spring move down the tree to feed on Dog Violets which are plentiful in Carpenters Wood. The butterflies were seen settling on the flowers of brambles.
Volunteers have been clearing some of the paths in the Hillas section of the wood. We still have more paths to clear and always welcome new volunteers to help!
Another Friend of Carpenters Wood has found some striking looking fungi enjoying the decaying broadleaf tree trunk:
And for the first time we have seen White Bryony in the Hillas section of the wood: