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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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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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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Wonderful Weather for Working the Willow!

It was lovely weather for our work task this morning weaving in the new shoots and generally tidying up the willow structures in the park by the visitor centre. There were a few spaces where the willow hadn’t taken so we also planted to fill them in. We also welcomed 3 new volunteers, Lizzie, Mike and Sue. Thanks for coming everyone!

 

 


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The Bountiful Forest Garden – getting ready for winter at Dalby Forest

The forest garden was looking particularly lovely this morning as we tidied up for the winter. Still some very juicy blackberries and raspberries and there were lots of bees and insects around too. We also welcomed 3 new volunteers. Thanks everyone for coming!

Next month we will also be working in Lower Dalby getting ready for our Halloween Happenings. The weather will almost certainly have turned cooler by then so what an even more special September morning today.

fungi raspberries beeonmint blackberries rosehips tansyandmint thistle amberandted busy breaktime