Friends of Dalby Forest

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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!

 

 


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Hot July but it’s the weather for ducks in August

A few hardy volunteers got a bit sweaty for July’s work task in the Enchanted Wood, erecting a new fence to maintain the boundary of the Enchanted Wood (our brash fence was simply too tempting for den builders). August sees our annual fundraiser the Duck Dash. Sunday 5th August from 11am (tickets on sale from c10am). Hope you can come along!

 

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Hedgerow work along the Ellerburn trail

 

Our May worktask involved removing the trees tubes along the Ellerburn trail. A few years ago we planted a range of hedgerow plants including holly and hawthorne but now they are more established, it was time to remove the tubes now that they are less likely to be nibbled by deer and rabbits. We started the task last November – thankfully it was a bit warmer today!

A couple of us also did some more work on the forest garden which has burst into life this week. If you visiting the forest do call in to see it – and catch the Helen Sear exhibition in the courtyard at the same time.