Friends Newsletter for Winter 2016-2017 now available here
New springtime photos added to Monthly Pics Page
Send your Ridge Wood pics to email@example.com
Minutes of the recent meetings are available here
Latest Meeting - 25/11/2020
Policy documents relating to Equality/Diversity and Safeguarding Children are also available via the above link.
Police Contact Number for reporting anti-social behaviour/problems in the Wood
0845 4567000 . . . ( In the event of fire - phone 999 )
Virtual Meeting/AGM - Wednesday 5th May
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, many group activities have been on hold during the past year. We will use this meeting to set new goals and to plan our 2021/22 work season, helping to enhance and safeguard Ridge Wood for everyone who uses it.
As usual at this time of year, we are keen to hear from members who would like to join our committee. A number of roles are available, including secretary, treasurer, publicity officer and communications. We are also keen to appoint a new group chair, as this position currently remains vacant. If you think you might be interested in volunteering, please do get in touch by email for an informal chat about any of our roles.
If you would like to attend the meeting and hear about our plans for the coming year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 4th May and we will send you a Microsoft Teams joining link.
1. Volunteers will be divided into groups of no more than 6 people, and for this reason we need you to let us know in advance if you will be attending.
Please email email@example.com at least 24 hours before the work morning starts, including your name and contact details (just in case we need to get back in touch with you later).
2. The meeting point for our work mornings will move to the Quarry Road entrance, to allow for social distancing.
3. Tools will be allocated at the start of the morning and will not be shared between volunteers on the same day.
4. Gloves and hand sanitiser will be provided and must be used.
5. Importantly, please do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 infection, or if you have been in contact with somebody who has.
6. The above arrangements are subject to change, depending on the latest government guidance which we will be following closely.
Proposed work morning dates:-
Work Morning - Sunday 6th December
Work Morning - Sunday 18th October
11 willing volunteers came along to our first (socially distanced) work morning of the Autumn / Winter season.
One team tackled the wildflower area at the top of the woodland, continuing our work cutting back vegetation to allow smaller plants and flowers to emerge.
A second team carried out a much needed tidy-up of the Quarry Road entrance, which is now looking a lot smarter.
Many thanks to all of those who attended, hope to see you next month
May - Evening Bird Chorus Walk
April - Work Morning
March - Work Morning
12 volunteers turned out on this very windy day (which also saw rain and even some hail!) for our work morning. We completed the cutting back of vegetation along the main path towards the Quarry Rd entrance, giving smaller plants a chance to thrive and maintaining good access to the woodland throughout the summer months.
We also cleared vegetation from along the path by the Jubilee Gardens entrance.
Thanks to everyone who took part.
The completed bank
February - Work Morning
The chilly weather and threat of rain didn't deter the 10 willing volunteers who attended our latest work morning. We continued our work clearing vegetation and small trees from the edge of the main path in order to create new habitat; hopefully this will be completed at our next work morning in March. Thanks to everyone who took part!
January - Work Morning
Ten willing volunteers turned out today for our first work morning of 2019!
The weather was grey and a little cold, but there was plenty to do to keep the winter chill at bay. We concentrated on clearing vegetation and ash / sycamore regrowth back from the main path to create a ride-edge habitat. This will allow dappled shade to reach the forest floor encouraging a greater diversity of plants and, in turn, insects and other species to thrive within the woodland.
This work will continue over the next couple of months towards the Quarry Rd entrance.
Many thanks to everyone who took part.
November - Work Morning
13 willing volunteers came along today to tackle some coppicing, dead hedging and scrub clearance along the main woodland path and on the bluebell banks. Overhanging vegetation was also cut back from a couple of the more minor footpaths within the wood. It was lovely to have some new volunteers join us for this work morning - we hope to see you again!
For more information regarding coppicing, pollarding etc, see the Conservation Page.
October - 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
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
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:
DIY Bee Making
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
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
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
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
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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