Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Volunteering 12th April

Here is Jonathan’s reminder

Greetings All,

There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this Saturday, April 12th, starting at 10.00am and finishing at 1.00pm.
We’ll meet at the storage building on the path to Sunnyside Lane. If you’re new and a little late to the party then just seek out Ian Procter, who will be the dapper gentleman with a smooth manner and a high visibility tabard.

There’s a whole heap of stuff we need to be getting on with, so please do come along and do your bit even if you can’t manage the full session.

You may find yourself…

* Mowing the grass
* Staking the larger saplings in Pony Wood and the extension
* Moving the boundary stone in the Woodland Extension to Henry Hick’s garage for repair.
* Cutting back the bramble enveloping saplings alongside the Fauna path
* Repairing the hazel fence near Anna’s Pool
* Moving rubbish from Pony Wood to the treble gate area
* Moving logs in Pony Wood to the viewing area / fire pan circle
* Flattening ruts left by contractors especially in Big Meadow
* Retrieving plastic spirals and canes from flourishing saplings along the Pads footpath. These will be stored for future re-use
* Removing self seeding sycamores from the Storage Building roof

Meanwhile, this just in over at the Easter Monday desk:
We need volunteers to help erect and dismantle tables and tents on Easter Monday (April 21st) for the Easter Egg Hunt. Tables and tents will be going up from 12 noon and coming back down again with accompanying tidying from 4pm.
Again, the meeting point will be the Storage Building.

And that’s your lot for now.
I’ve spoken with my people in Weather and have booked what they describe as “Premium Conditions throughout the Saturday 10am – 1pm Opportunity Window,” (ie. it’s going to be nice and sunny) so please do come along if you possibly can.

Best wishes,


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  1. Here’s what we did
    23 volunteers attended the monthly Saturday session on a blustery morning, dry despite the forecast.
    • We mowed the grass for the first time this spring
    • A fallen hawthorn at the back of the fruit hedge was pruned back to allow access.
    • We made a start to staking the larger saplings in Pony Wood and the Extension.
    • Notices were posted at Little Wood prohibiting camping
    • Rubbish in Pony Wood was moved down to the gate area. This included old ironwork which had to be cut out. This improves the safety of Pony Wood.
    • The boundary stone was transported from the Woodland Extension to Henry Hicks’ garage for repair.
    • Logs were moved in Pony Wood nearer to their eventual locations in the Fire Circle and the Viewing Area.
    • We cut back bramble enveloping saplings in the hedge between the Fauna path and the Grammar School field.
    • Some of the ruts left by contractor’s machinery in Big Meadow were flattened out.
    • Self-seeded sycamore saplings on the Storage Building roof were removed
    • We retrieved a considerable number of now redundant plastic spirals and canes from the Pads / Big Meadow hedge
    • Rubbish left in the Paddock / Allotments hedge was cleared to a skip provide by the Allotments Association (by agreement)
    • The Paddock gate was left open for firewood collectors but no one came

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