The committee have published a survey for visitors to the site, and we are asking anyone who visits to take a moment to complete this questionnaire. The closing date for the survey will be 10th February. Here is the link to the survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ECODS/
After you have completed this survey you might be interested to read the answers to questions 1-7 and find out more about the wildlife survey mentioned in question 8.
Posted 21st January 2019
The sheep have now all left for pastures new, and all the meadows have now re-opened.
Posted 21st January 2019
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
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
2018 Annual Report
Posted 12th July 2018
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
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
Meadow and Woodland Management Plans
Posted 3rd January 2018
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:
Posted 18th August 2017