Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

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David’s Seat

David Walker was one of the original committee members when the Friends of Dalby Forest were first formed. He played many roles arranging licences, insurance, finding funds for play equipment and organising events including the first forest festival. He was part of the 100 Tree project and was a member of the walking group who planned the Woodcock Way. He walked every week in the forest. When he died in August 2012, his family asked if he could be remembered in Dalby in the forest he loved. We are pleased to say that you can now find David’s Seat at the start of the Yellow walking trail, looking down onto a wonderful view to the visitor centre. Take a moment to sit and enjoy the forest when you next pass just as David did.

David Walker on the route of the Woodcock Way

David Walker on the route of the Woodcock Way

David's Seat

David’s Seat

View from David's Seat

View from David’s Seat


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Planning our Duck Dash!

We are thinking of again holding our very popular Duck Dash races in the stream near the Visitor Centre on the May Day Bank Holiday – Monday 4th May 2015 – to raise money and promote the Friends of Dalby.

However for the event to go ahead we would need to confirm sufficient volunteer numbers. Assistance is required both in and alongside the stream for the Duck Dash as well as in the Visitor Centre to sell tickets (or outside if the weather is good).

Would you please let us know by 10th March if you are available and willing to help on 4th May. We already have at least one willing volunteer for being in the water!


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How to create a wildlife-friendly garden

Some great tips from on how to encourage birds, creatures and insects into your garden, and the kind of garden features to incorporate.

The forest garden in the Lower Courtyard at Dalby where we have been working last Autumn has many of these features. Of course we are especially lucky because we have a built-in water feature flowing right alongside! Can’t wait to watch it grow back in the spring.


The forest garden at the courtyard in Lower Dalby

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Nature Words

An interesting read! It’s sad to think that nature words are falling out of use for some children in the UK, and by extension, losing some of that connection too.

acorn adder ash beech blackberry bluebell bramble brook buttercup catkin clover conker cowslip cygnet dandelion fern fungus gorse hazel hazelnut heather heron holly horse chestnut ivy kingfisher lark magpie minnow newt otter pansy pasture poppy porpoise primrose raven starling stoat stork sycamore thrush weasel violet willow wren

Building a bug house in Dalby

Building a bug house in Dalby (c) J Winters. All rights reserved

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Nothing like a brisk walk in Dalby…

There is no work task this month but if anyone would like to join Peter and Hillary, they will be doing the Dalby Beck Yellow Trail this coming Sunday morning 18.1.15. Setting off from the main Visitor Centre at 10 am – just meet at the entrance. The walk is 3 miles long and there are initially some steep slopes but the second half of the walk is flat.


Dalby-Beck(c)  Pauline E. CC BY SA 2.0

Dalby-Beck(c) Pauline E. CC BY SA 2.0

Work tasks will resume next month on the third Sunday morning of each month.


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