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.
If you wish to subscribe to the Friends of Croham Hurst Woods, please supply your name, address and telephone number and subscription and send to Councillor Maria Gatland, 33 Whitmead Close, South Croydon CR2 7AS, telephone 0208 407 1327. Please make cheques payable to Friends of Croham Hurst Woods.
How you define the first day of winter depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological winter.
The day in our calendar that marks the first day of winter usually refers to the astronomical seasons which are a result of the Earth’s axis and orbit around the Sun.
This year, astronomical winter begins on 22 December 2019 and ends on 20 March 2020.
How long is the shortest day of the year 2019?
The actual moment of the solstice will occur around 04.19am in the UK, but most people concentrate on the whole solstice day, which has been recognised by holidays and festivals in many cultures all over the world.
The shortest day lasts 7 hours 49 minutes and 43 seconds in London. This means that the length of day during the winter solstice is 8 hours, 48 minutes and 37 seconds shorter than the summer solstice.
Do the days get longer after the winter solstice?
After the shortest day, the days start getting longer and the nights shorter. At the spring and autumnal equinoxes the day and night hours are around the same length, each lasting around 12 hours. The number of daylight hours peaks at summer solstice.
So now we can’t wait until the Spring equinox on Friday, 20th March.