Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest


Leave a comment

An inevitable pause

Our return was short-lived.

It will probably come as no surprise that volunteering will once again be suspended until the new restrictions are lifted.  

So there will be no FoDF task this Sunday as planned and until further notice. Given that we were unlikely to be able to do our usual Christmas activities anyway, it is safe to say that we will not be restarting tasks until at least January 2021, and more likely even later than that.

Dalby Forest remains open for outdoor recreation and exercise. Just remember to plan ahead and follow the latest Government guidance for travel, outdoor spaces and meeting people from outside your household.

Stay safe!

Judith


3 Comments

Good to be back

This morning finally saw us return to the forest for a work task at the Enchanted Wood – the first task since February. The wind was gusting strongly first thing, so much so the rustling beech trees made it hard to hear my toolbox talk! We litter-picked, pruned, admired the fungi, built up some boggy paths with wood chip and rebuilt a section of wall with a stile.

It was definitely lovely to see some familiar faces after so long.

What has changed since the last time we met is that, for the foreseeable future, we will only have 6 people on our work tasks, tools are allocated for the duration of the task, not shared, and of course some tasks will not be possible if we are to maintain social distance – all of which make for interesting logistics for ranger and task leader.

It was something of a trial run this morning, but lovely to be back.

We’re not in a position to accept new volunteers just yet. I’d like to give all our existing volunteers a chance to return first but this is the first step towards opening up tasks again.

Like what we do? Please support our group – all our fundraising activities to keep us going have been severely affected by the pandemic. You can donate to the Friends of Dalby Forest via Paypal Giving or you can buy us a “coffee” (actually bird seed for the week!) http://ko-fi.com/dalbyfriends Thank you!


Leave a comment

Volunteering update

The Friends of Dalby Forest have not started back at volunteering work tasks in the forest yet (although we are planning to soon). Due to covid19 restrictions, when we do, we will be operating under much stricter conditions which includes only having a maximum of 6 people on a task (and this count includes children). There are a lot more guidelines that we need to work under than we were used to – and unfortunately even though we are outside, the guidance will not allow for larger groups at present.

Our existing volunteers will get a chance to return first when tasks resume and we hope to be able to open up to new volunteers as soon as possible after that. Although everything is subject to change if additional local restrictions are put in place! Thanks for your understanding.


Leave a comment

Not back in Dalby just yet

Although you may have seen that Dalby Forest is open to visitors again (albeit with some differences to manage social distancing. with the play equipment and play areas, GoApe, visitor centre information desk, café and bike hire all remaining closed for now), I am sure you are wondering when we will be able to get back to our work tasks. However there are still no plans to resume volunteering as yet.

FoDF take our steer on this from Forestry England and its volunteer coordinators. We will resume activities as soon as it is deemed we can do so safely but we are not able to restart just yet. I am sure we will have quite a lot to do once we are able. Forest garden buttercups spring to mind!

Unfortunately suspension of activities also includes our one and only fundraiser of the year, our duck dash.


So if you appreciate what we do, & are able, you can make a donation here https://paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/3197360 or support us with the cost of a coffee https://ko-fi.com/dalbyfriends


Leave a comment

New year, new hair cut (for the willow)!

Thank you to all our old and indeed new volunteers who turned out to our work task in what can only be described as damp conditions!

We gave the willow structures in the park their annual haircut. Of course the sun came out within minutes of us finishing. But we had a welcome hot drink in the cafe.

Our next task will be in February. Let us know if you’d like to join us.


Leave a comment

Baptism by mud for some new volunteers!

We welcomed 3 new volunteers on our work task today, two of whom are joining to add to their volunteering portfolio for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award, and making 3 DoE volunteers with FoDF in total.

Alongside checking initialled stones and mending pallets, we mostly got very muddy by clearing the finished sections of large and small stones. Well done everyone!


Leave a comment

Halloween Happenings

Thank you to small merry band who turned up to get wet in the forest today! We cleared and prepped the trails and performance areas and the “tunnel of terror” for this year’s Fear in the Forest.

You can book your tickets here https://www.forestryengland.uk/dalby-fore…/…/fear-the-forest

We will be back in the forest next Sunday to help with the Centenary planting to which all are welcome. https://www.forestryengland.uk/…/ev…/centenary-tree-planting

The tunnel of terror (under construction!)


Leave a comment

Stepping out at Staindale

Our September work task was in the sun at Staindale and we also welcomed new volunteer Lucy. For the first hour, we cut back and cleared the bird feeding area and erected a new sightings white board. We then crossed to the other side of the lake to block up a path that was eroding the dam and cleared the almost hidden steps to encourage their use. The steps appear to have been railway sleepers and we were intrigued to know where they came from!

Pics courtesy of Rob, our treasurer, who came along later on a bike ride and Judith F, although most of us had gone by the time we remembered to say cheese!


Leave a comment

The one where we got the powertools out (May 2019)

Thank you to everyone who turned out today.

Some muscles, the drills and the chainsaw came in handy at the Enchanted Wood today.

We had two working parties out in the forest but we still achieved a lot in both the Forest Garden but also the Enchanted Wood (see pics). There, we carried out more boundary work and started to re-erect the original EW metal sign that is being relocated. Those fence panels were heavy — feeling achy now…!


Leave a comment

Buttercup-wrangling in the Forest Garden!

January saw us back to work in the forest garden and tackling the buttercups that were strangling some of the plants and taking over the paths. Some lovely pics courtesy of Michael Hill. We will continue to meet on the second Sunday of every month so if you want to do some volunteering in 2019 then come and join us!  https://friendsofdalbyforest.wordpress.com/about/