Members

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.

SPRING INTO SUMMER

Some interesting facts about summer:

Dog days of Summer:
The phrase ‘dog days of summer’ used to refer to sweltering summer days but has more to do with the stars than dogs.
The Roman’s ‘dies caniculares‘ began towards the end of July when the star Sirius (known as the “Dog Star”) began to rise in the sky just before the sun.
The star was so bright that the Romans believed it gave extra heat to the sun and was responsible for hot days in summer.

More thundery days:
More thunderstorms occur during the summer than at any other time of the year.
The warmth of summer often provides the perfect conditions of rising air and moisture required for the creation of thunderstorms.
They are most likely to occur in the south east of England.

Crickets get chirpy:
Next time you hear the sound of crickets chirping on a balmy summer evening, why not try this simple trick to find out the temperature.
The frequency of a cricket’s chirps is consistent with air temperature so you simply need to count how many chirps there are over 25 seconds then divide by 3 and add 4 to tell you the temperature in Celsius.

First day of summer:
This year the astronomical summer began on 21 June. The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s axis in its orbit around the sun.
The meteorological summer begins on 1 June. The meteorological seasons are split into three months each. They coincide with our Gregorian calendar making it easier for observing and forecasting to compare seasonal and monthly statistics.

Manhattenenge!
Twice a year around May 28 and July 12 the sun New York is home to a fascinating sunset phenomenon.
Owing to the city’s design on a grid rotated 29 ° clockwise from true east-west, twice a year the sun sets directly at the end of the of many of New York’s major streets to create a spectacular sunset to see the sun slightly above the horizon and nestled between the rows of buildings.
Similarly, Milton Keynes’ central road is designed so that when the sun rises on the solstice, it shines straight down Midsummer Boulevard and reflects in the glass of the train station.

Top Temperatures:
The warmest ever summer in the UK was in 2006 when daytime temperatures averaged 15.8 °C.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the UK was on 10 August 2003 when Faversham in Kent recorded a sweltering 38.5 °C