Our second open day took place in the afternoon of Saturday 7th May 2016. Our afternoon session allowed more than 100 people to see for themselves the work that has taken place since the last open day 6 months earlier. The warmth of Spring was definitely felt in the woodland, allowing early flowering plants to take advantage of the open woodland canopy.
The photos below 2 areas of woodland plants in The Glade area; the first shows a patch of recently planted common bluebells that are already well developed and with regular maintenance will continue to spread; the 2nd shows a patch of woodland plants we planted as small plugs 2 years ago. All are growing well in the conditions offered.
Our orchard is also now putting on a good display of blossom, as can be seen in the photo below. The pear tree is in full blossom, and other blossoming pear and apples can be seen behind it. The 2nd picture shows a fully mature pear tree in The Glade area. This tree has already reached full blossom, as witnessed by the many white petals underneath the canopy on the ground. A new feature of the woodland as part of our ongoing management is the introduction of our pond. This was recently built with the help of committee members and volunteers from Barclays Bank. Already the water’s edge plants are growing, but to our amazement committee member Nigel Duncan took the below photograph of a mallard which had made an appearance! Already it’s proving to be a new wildlife feature after only a few weeks.
Finally, the last 2 above photos show a mixture of the committee members and the public enjoying The Glade area. The last photograph showing our achievements over the years that we have printed off for everyone to look at and appreciate. Following on from another successful event, we will be soon putting together plans for another open day in the Autumn.