• Making Cleft Chestnut Gates

    Part of the Fishpool Valley Project is the intention to introduce sheep back into the valley to graze and therefore help keep the vegetation under control. This will require a large part of the valley to be stock fenced. Wherever the fencing crosses a track or path in the valley…

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  • DE-Vegetation

    The Fishpool Valley renovation project began in 2017 with an immense amount of planning and involvement with a wide range of agencies. Our part as volunteer rangers has been to support wherever we can, to help keep within budget. One aspect of this involvement has been to prepare some of…

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  • The Lost Valley

    Buried beneath the foliage of the Fishpool Valley lies a forgotten history, a landscape that has been both playground and workshop for people of an era long since past. Nature has won back the landscape; as perhaps it always will, where man has lost interest or moved on to exploit…

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  • A plan that has come to fruition

    Back in December 2015 I did an article called Clear Felling Croft Wood; this was part of a long term plan for the restoration of the woods at Croft. The initial proposal for this work was set out in 2010. The proposal was I believe based upon the documentary evidence…

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  • Felling the Lime Tree Avenue

    The Lime Avenue running through the centre of West Park was planted in about 1960. The individual trees stand seven meters apart and throughout the summer attract the bees from nearby hives. Over the last few years a number of these trees have become diseased and one by one they…

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  • Tree Planting in Croft Wood

    The last week of January saw us all planting trees up in Croft Wood. With almost 600 trees to plant out we were in on three consecutive days in an attempt to finish the job. There is a quite specific map of what has to be planted and where. If…

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  • The Natural Play Area

    This was initially an education area Children were introduced to creatures that could be found in the woodland Old tree trunks were piled up as habitat for insects & bugs The area was small but needed regular maintenance There was room however to expand but it was very overgrown. Once…

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  • Clearing the Hill fort

    I am helping, along with other volunteers, to clear the dense overgrowth of Hawthorne, Blackthorn, Bracken, Nettle & Brambles that have grown up on the side of the south facing rampart and in the ditch below over the last couple of decades. We began work in October 2015 and we will…

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  • Clear Felling Croft Wood

    For many decades the skyline at croft has been tree lined with coniferous species; much of this has been commercial forestry owned by the Forestry Commission who have a lease on about 700 acres of the Croft Estate. The current trend throughout the country is to reduce the amount of conifer and…

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  • Improving Accessability

    When I began volunteering here in 2010, there seemed to be a never ending list of routine jobs that needed doing; as we, a small group of regular volunteers, became more familiar with the 1400 acres of woodland, we began to recognise just how neglected the parkland had become. Whilst working we…

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