Our group is now made up of 153 households many of which have more than two members. While we ask £10 from each member (agreed at our first AGM) we are grateful for any contribution and many members give more. The funds we hold are spent on regeneration projects like clearing the bank of scrub, recreating the meadow, clearing invasive holly and improvement projects like the Information Boards and benches.
Members help us in so many ways: on our committee; joining in on our work days (which are every last Saturday in the month, except August and December); paying a yearly subscription; and delivering our newsletter. We hope that all this work ensures that the woodland is there for future generations.
W I N T E R
On Friday 21 December the northern hemisphere experienced something called the Winter solstice.
The date marks the 24-hour period with the fewest hours of daylight in the year, which is why it is known as the shortest day and longest night.
So what’s the science behind it?
It happens because at this particular moment the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun as the Earth continues on its orbit – which is why it’s winter in the Northern hemisphere at this time of the year
In the southern hemisphere it’s exactly the opposite story – the South Pole is pointing towards the Sun, making it summertime ‘down-under’.
But even though this is the point with the least hours of daylight, it’s not the earliest sunset of the year, or the latest sunrise.
The mornings continue darkening until early in the new year.
The reason why is that a day – a solar day that is – is not always exactly 24 hours.
A WINTER’S DAY ON THE HURST