Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

Projects

Completed and Ongoing Projects

Adderstone trail We’ve tidied up and cut back overgrown trees and vegetation together with a thinning out the Cow & Gate Plantation to allow the trees to develop and grow. Future plans for this trail include more installations for families along the route and better interpretation of the rabbit industry that was very much part of daily life throughout Dalby.

Blue Man Walk After many years of campaigning to restore this long distance (16 miles) linear walk through the forests of Broxa, Langdale and Dalby we are seeing progress toward this goal with the support of the Forestry Commission. Recent volunteer days have included a very enjoyable long walk on an accessible section of the route while cutting back overhanging trees in readiness for work to restore the surface of the path and drainage.

Dalby 100 The Friends in consultation with The Forestry Commission have selected 100 trees around the Pexton Moor Walk to protect from felling and preserve to become veteran trees of the future.

Dry Stone Wall Maze The Friends are helping to raise money to build the world’s largest dry stone wall maze at Dalby! Work is already underway and many of our work tasks over the period will be helping dry stone waller Mark Ellis in his aim to build this truly monumental dry stone landmark!

Ellerburn Bird Hide The Ellerburn bird hide has been repainted and vegetation cut back on the access and surrounding areas.

Ellerburn Family Cycle Route We’ve helped to plant 100s of new saplings, including blackthorn and holly, all along the edge of the new cycle route.

Enchanted Wood This is one of our longer ongoing projects. Most recently we’ve relaid woodchip along the path towards the fairy glade. The willow snake tunnel has not taken, and we are making plans to install something else in its place. The boundary brash fence needs constant improvement.

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.

Wildlife Hide No longer a FoDF project, badger watching events are run by Hidden Horizons (subject to badger activity!)

Woodcock Way (Download route / View satellite imageOne of the walks we would like to plan, map and publicise is the Woodcock Way. The walk has been reviewed and extra benches and picnic tables added along the route. We recently cleared a section of path, removing overhanging branches. The Woodcock Way, is ready for all to try, It’s about 4.5 miles (7km) in length and, allowing for stops at viewpoints, should take you about 2 – 3 hours. The walk starts and finishes at High Staindale car park and a map/information sheet is available from the Visitor Centre.

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2 thoughts on “Projects

  1. Hello…i am semiretired, love gardening and being outside and would love to get involved in one or some of the projects. Do you only meet on Sundays or are there also opportunities on weekdays? Thank you…Lynne

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  2. Hello Lynne. We do mostly meet on Sundays as many FoDF volunteers work during the week, but occasionally there are tasks midweek when someone is able to lead them. The easiest way to find out about these is emailing webmaster@friendsofdalbyforest.org.uk and ask to be added to our email list which we use to alert members to forthcoming tasks.

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