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Friends Newsletter for Winter 2016-2017 now available here

New photos added to Monthly Pics Page

Send your Ridge Wood pics to info.forw@gmail.com

Minutes of the recent meetings are available here
Latest Meeting - 5th September 2018

Policy documents relating to Equality/Diversity and Safeguarding Children are also available via the above link.

Fire Alert Tel No
Police Contact Number for reporting anti-social behaviour/problems in the Wood

0845 4567000 . . . ( In the event of fire - phone 999 )

Events Banner

Updated 10/12/2018


Merry Xmas

Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December


MeetingInformal Meeting - Wednesday 9th January
At the Community Room - Tesco Extra, Yate.
Meet at Customer Services Desk - 7:30 pm

All Welcome

The following work days are subject to confirmation.

work morningWork Morning - Sunday 13th January
Meet at Melrose Close Entrance - 10:00am to 12 noon
See map of wood here

work morningWork Morning - Sunday 10th February
Meet at Melrose Close Entrance - 10:00am to 12 noon
See map of wood here

work morningWork Morning - Sunday 10th March
Meet at Melrose Close Entrance - 10:00am to 12 noon
See map of wood here


Events Completed:-

November - Work Morning

October - Fungi Foray
Fungi Foray

Click the basket ( above ) to view a fungi collage

What a beautiful morning for our Fungi Foray!
Around 15 people accompanied our expert guide Lee Hayward as we discovered and learned more about the fungi inhabiting the woodland. From edible mushrooms to dead man's fingers and puffballs, we were all amazed by the variety of species found. Many thanks to Lee for a wonderfully informative and enjoyable morning

September - Work Morning
Work Crew

9 volunteers turned out on our first work morning of the season. We tackled some scrub clearance along the main path and on the bluebell banks, and also some coppicing. The noticeboards were also given their annual coat of teak oil. Thanks to everyone who came along to help

August - Forest Fun Time

Forest Fun Time Group

Click the image above to display a collage view.

More photos available here, thanks to Geoff

Many thanks to all those who supported this event. Attendance was superb, 35 adults and 59 children followed a challenging trail through the wood. At the end of the trail they enjoyed refreshments and a variety of woodland activities, including:

Leaf Printing
DIY Bee Making
Woodland Ker-Plunk
Woodland Skittles
Woodland Hoopla

Our thanks also go to Hansons for their support, to Forest Schools and to all the volunteers who helped to make this such a successful day.

May - Evening Bird Chorus Walk
An evening stroll through the wood with Ed Drewitt

Ed is a freelance naturalist and is a regular contributor on BBC's Springwatch and The One Show etc. Further info on his website here.

April - Woodland Work Morning
wood view

9 volunteers came along to help out on this beautiful spring morning. Work undertaken included a litter pick and some further work cutting back overhanging vegetation along the footpaths. We also undertook our annual survey of the bluebells in the wood, checking for any non-native bluebell plants or hybrids. Any of these plants that we identify will be removed, to ensure that the British bluebells continue to thrive within the wood.

The bluebell display is approaching its peak, so a walk in the wood in the next couple of weeks is highly recommended.

March - Woodland Work Morning
Work Crew

Many thanks to the 10 members who met up on a fine Sunday morning.
Work continued on vegetation clearance along the main path to create new ride-edge habitats.
The vegetation along the loop path, at the top of the woodland, was also cut back and a new dead hedge constructed.
Also our thanks to the two members, who couldn't make Sunday, but completed litter picking along the main and top paths earlier in the week.

February - Woodland Work Morning
Work Crew

On this beautiful sunny morning, 9 willing volunteers braved the cold to tackle some scrub clearance along the main path. By cutting back brambles, blackthorn and young self-seeded ash trees, a new ride-edge habitat was created and the path was widened and made lighter. Several bags of litter were also collected, to keep the wood looking its best.

January - 2018 - Woodland Management Training
WMT pic

The Woodland Management Training session was well attended by 10 volunteers.

Anna Brunton, of The Forest of Avon Trust, covered various key tasks including coppicing, scrub clearance and dead hedging.

Members also found the tree identification and tool safety sections most useful.

The volunteers then put their new skills into practice, undertaking further coppicing of some of the hazel stools along the main path.

We extend our thanks to Anna for her time and expertise.

Remember to check back regularly for further updates

Have a look back at some of our previous events, here.

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Forest Schools

feiTeachers! These outdoor classrooms make the most of the fantastic open spaces, woodland and meadow sites in the Ridge Wood area. Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults regular opportunities to achieve, develop confidence and self-esteem. Find out about Forest Schools, and training opportunities in South Gloucestershire: 01454 863595 or email: naturalenvironment@southglos.gov.uk

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