Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest


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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!)

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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!


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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…!


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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/


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Sprucing up Staindale

 

This month’s work task saw us working at Staindale Lake. We were joined by members of the GoodGym running group who are a group of runners who “run to do good” via community work. They were racing at the Dalby Dash 10k race but offered their services for an hour before the race so they were put to work pruning the accessible trail around the lake. We greatly appreciate their help and hope they had a good run afterwards!

Regular Friends of Dalby welcomed new volunteer Judith F, newly arrived in the area,  and our work focused on the area around the bird feeding area. A thick humic soil had built up around the feeders and it was getting very muddy during the winter and made access difficult. As we discovered, a lot of this was simply a build-up over tarmac and so the water just had nowhere to go. Hopefully having clearing it back will make things easier. In addition we dug out a ditch behind the feeders to further help with drainage and the birds immediately sprung into action to get at all the newly uncovered worms!

We also moved the feeders that were hung in the trees (almost impossible to get at during the summer when the trees are in full leaf) and hung them on a newly installed arch and have made room for two new bird tables we’ve arranged to be made.

We have further plans for this area, not least to install a bench to enable more comfortable bird watching. Watch this space!

Thanks to Jeni for the pics!


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Soggy but lovely – October work task in Dalby

A bit of a wet one today but we did some trail clearing in advance of Fear in the Forest at the end of the month. Thankfully topped off with a nice hot drink at the cafe courtesy of ranger Paul. Some of us also took a quick trip up to see the new Nissan hut installation by Rachel Whiteread near the Adderstone.

Despite the rain, it was still lovely to see all the Autumn colours coming out.


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September work task in the forest garden

Thank you to all the volunteers who came along to the work task this morning. There were only 6 of us but it felt like we achieved a lot.

We laid a membrane to suppress the weeds in the area behind the cafe at the courtyard (it’s very stony so that seemed the best way to kill off the weeds). We will work in this area next year as it is technically also part of the forest garden. We have lots of strawberries and currants to plant there.

In addition, we built a bug house (hotel?) with some pallets kindly donated by Mark from the maze . There are so many insects in the garden especially ladybirds and beetles at the moment, so we hope they enjoy their new accommodation!