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.

S p r i n g

Spring can start at different times depending on who you ask – looking at the astronomical calendar the first day of spring is 20 March; for meteorologists spring starts on 1 March and runs until 31 May.

The warmest spring (so far) was in 2011 with an average daytime temperature of 9.2 degrees centigrade and the coldest was 1962 with a temperature of 5.8 degrees C. And the sunniest spring was in 1948 in which a total of 558 sunshine hours were recorded.

So in these uncertain and unsettling times, let’s try and enjoy the blossom and flowers as they come out.