News

Blocked Path

The path at the bottom of the woods beyond meadows 2 and 3 is currently blocked by a very large tree that has fallen into the woods from our neighbours. The fence is also damaged at that point. We are working with our neighbours and Gedling Borough Council to sort out who will remove the tree and who is responsible for repairing the fence. In the meantime, we suggest you take an alternative route to avoid this part of the woodland path.

Posted 16th October 2018

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Meadows

Visitors will have noticed that the meadow has been cut using a flail cutter this year, leaving a small amount of grass lying on the surface in stripes. We discussed the various options for mowing with our contractor and came to the conclusion there is not enough material to collect or bale, so decided a simple cut would be sufficient. Some visitors may wonder how this is compatible with the usual removal of vegetation to avoid nourishing the soil. The answer is that the amount of cut grass and stalk left is not much greater than what is left after mowing and baling, and so it is just not cost effective to try to remove it. The new grass growth coming through will provide good fodder for the winter grazing period, which we expect to start in November.

Posted 16th October 2018

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2019 Calendar

We have next year’s calendars for sale, at the same price as last year – £5. All proceeds go to maintaining our beautiful woods and meadows.
Get your order in before they sell out, message Andy with your order at fghw2003@gmail.com

Posted 2nd August 2018

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EnviroGrant Project Report

Last year we bid for, and received a grant from Veolia to help our volunteers with the maintenance of the meadows and woods. We used this to purchase a portable chipping machine, and below is our report.
  EnviroGrant Project Report for Veolia

Posted 16th July 2018

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2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual report is available now here:
  Annual Report 2018 – Part 1
  Annual Report 2018 – Part 2

Posted 12th July 2018

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GDPR Statement: 

As you are no doubt aware, privacy regulations are changing on May 25th. We’ve reviewed the data we hold in light of this, and have reviewed our privacy policy and this is published here:  Privacy Policy

FGHW do not process data on a large scale as we are only a small organisation. The data we hold is just for processing your membership, such as your name and address, and is not shared with any outside organisation.

Posted 24th May 2018

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Safeguarding children in the woods and meadows

Dog walkers please be aware that children from Daisies Day Nursery regularly use the woods and meadows as part of their Forest School activities. They mainly use the top of the second meadow and the woodland to the north and east of the third meadow. Many of these young children are frightened when a dog rushes over and jumps up at them, no matter how friendly the dog is.

We understand that you may not always see the children from the distance, particularly in the woods. If you do see children in the woods and meadows, though, please put your dog on a lead and keep your dog away from the children.  Please remember it is your responsibility to keep your dog under control at all times.

The prime times for Forest School activities are 9.00 to 11.30 am and 2.00 to 3.30 pm. Please be particularly vigilant at these times.

Posted 25th April 2018

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Meadow and Woodland Management Plans

We’ve published the meadow and woodland management plans. These can be downloaded from here:
Meadow Management Plan
Woodland Management Plan

Posted 3rd January 2018

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New Map
We have a new downloadable sketch map of the woods and meadow, showing the pathways. This can be downloaded from our Maps page, or from here:
Sketch Map

Posted 18th August 2017