Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest


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Birdsong in the forest

After a meeting in the forest this morning, I stopped by the bird feeders by the lake, which the Friends keep topped up. I just had to share the beautiful birdsong.

In 10 mins I saw Coal tits, a Woodpecker, Chaffinches, Great tits, a Robin, Blue tits, Dunnocks and a Blackbird.

 

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The Dalby Dry Stone Wall Maze – from the Air!

We just love this video of the Maze under construction in summer 2016 by Merryn, from Ashcroft Digital.

Remember if you would like to support the maze project, either by attending a carving workshop where you can carve your own initials into a stone or by buying an initialled stone, then you can do so via http://drystonewallmaze.com/buy-a-stone/

 

Dalby Drystone Wall Maze from Ashcroft Interactive on Vimeo.


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Have you booked your workshop yet?

The Dry Stone Wall Maze is looking good in the spring sunshine. Here are some pictures of recently carved stones now built into the wall.

Book your workshop or order your stone here http://drystonewallmaze.com/buy-a-stone/

Carving workshops start 14th of May, there is one place left on the afternoon session.

21st May afternoon session now full, and the 9th of July afternoon session also full, but still room on all the morning sessions.

Hope to see you there!

 


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Spring has most definitely sprung…

Spring has most definitely sprung in the forest this month. For our April worktask, we were in two parties in the forest garden and at the park, working on the willow structures.

No pics of the former I’m afraid, but the willow structures in the play area had really sprung into life in the last few weeks of sun we’ve had. We did manage to weave in shoots and tidy up two of the willow tunnels. We also filled in some gaps by planting some of the cuttings. We decided to leave one with a sprouting top and it will get its haircut later in the year!


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Planting apple trees – planning for the future

Thanks to everyone who came to our worktask this morning in the forest garden. And welcome too to two new volunteers Becca and Leslie.

With spring just around the corner, it was time to plant the apple trees we had, as reported after the last worktask. We also tidied up more of the beds, started some log piles for the insects,  as well as replanting some of the square bench planters across the bridge. We then finished early and made our way to the visitor centre for our AGM.

There was lots of discussion and plans for the future, but the main news is that Hillary and Peter announced that they would be stepping down as directors at some point later this year as they are moving from the area. They will be a hard act to follow and I thank them for all their hard work and support over the last few years,. However we welcomed Julie and Hedy into treasurer and director roles respectively, joining Judith and Margy, who will continue in director roles. The future of the Friends still looks bright!


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The Snowy Forest Garden

Thank you to hardy souls who turned out for a snowy, cold morning in the forest garden! The forest garden was originally planted in 2010 and is a layered structure of productive plants under a woodland canopy. The plants are all “useful” be they for medicinal, edible, construction or other ( eg pigment) purposes. We’ve been tending the garden in fits and starts for the last few years but felt it was time to really get to know the garden now that it is more established.

This morning we spent the time labelling plants and cutting back some of the lower structure plants like the creeping brambles which were swamping the herbs. We have a few more tasks to do like move some of the apple trees but only when the weather improves, and so will be at the garden again for next month’s worktask.

 

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