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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Brushing up on our skills

We had a work task organised for Sunday 21st January but with the Ellerburn trail still under snow and more forecast at Sunday lunchtime, the decision was taken to cancel the task. However we had in any case arranged the first of our Manual handling training courses and so 8 of us attended that in the morning instead, along with some members of Singletraction. We brushed up on the good lifting and carrying techniques we should all be employing given that we can’t totally avoid lifting or moving things (or wheel-barrowing, or shovelling, or pushing, or pulling, or bending and reaching) as a forest volunteer!

All FoDF active volunteers will have to do the course eventually so watch this space for further training days.

 

Lifting and shifting at the maze – but in warmer times!


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Frosty work task at Ellerburn

Thank you to everyone who came out this morning under an amazing blue sky but frosty underfoot for our worktask today.

We removed the tree tubes from the hedge saplings we planted a few years ago along the Ellerburn trail. We had a great turn out, one of the largest of the year and also welcomed new volunteer Janet.


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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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From mire to path – in one morning! FoDF April work task

Our April work task saw us work on a part of Adderstone walking trail near the World Cup car park. We all worked really hard but it paid off as you can see from the before and after pictures!

 

It was a great effort and the children especially appreciated their private tuition from ranger Keith on  how to lop off branches! Continue reading


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Bringing you up to speed with our a-maze-ing plans!

This week saw a planning meeting for the next steps for the maze that’s being built by local dry stone waller Mark Ellis in the heart of Dalby, which will become a legacy for locals and visitors to enjoy.

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The maze is an intricate build and needs over 4000 tonnes of suitable stone. It is being constructed in stages and how long it takes will be influenced by how quickly the funds can be raised and how kind the weather is! We hope the maze will be open to the public in 2019.

We have listed how you can help and how to get involved elsewhere, and the next few months will see the Friends focusing on fund- and awareness- raising. And next time you are at the Visitor Centre, please do take a moment to look at the new display that has been put in place.

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Preparations for Halloween

It was lovely to spend the morning in the forest, which is getting more colourful by the day. October’s task was preparation for the Fear in the Forest event that will be happening in Dalby at Halloween. We bashed nettles and tidied up the paths for the walk and the “play station” areas which will be used by the performers on the night. We’re sure the frog will have found a new hiding place by then!

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For more information about Fear in the Forest, and to book tickets, see the website. The Friends will be in the visitor centre helping with crafts and running a spooky tombola!