Activities For 2014

Activities for 2014
The programme this year will need to be built around the pond dredging and, hopefully, restoration from September onwards. Therefore our main activities for the Autumn need to focus on tasks which will support the restoration work. It may well not be possible to define these precisely until later in the year.

We must also minimise activities in the woodland area during the nesting season, so nothing there until September. The exception of course is the need to further remove the balsam from the stream banks, and it is difficult to know at this stage how much time that will require. Experience from last year suggests that the more we can do before the seeds develop the better.

Date Activity Comments
26th April 14 Publicity day Removal of Spanish Bluebells We plan to have a day to focus on public relations and providing an up-to-date Pond Life newsletter. Linked to Midhurst Sustainability Day.
21st June 14 Removal of Himalayan BalsamPlease note we will be meeting at the Taylor’s Field car park beside the Jubilee Path which is just before the Community Orchard at 10.0a.m.

If you would like more information on this plant please follow this link: http://rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=480

 

Subject to review as we see how the balsam develops this year. Combine with further publicity/handouts
2nd August 14 Removal of Himalayan BalsamAn INFORMATION MORNING will be taking place  at the same time from a marquee by South Pond near the new Grange Centre. An up-to-date leaflet will also be distributed with the Pond Life newsletter As for 21st June but meeting as usual at 10.0 by the bridge.
Remove as much as possible of the remaining balsam
30th Aug 14 Cutting birch for the faggots for reinforcing the pond shallow areasThe task which we will be doing at Midhurst Common (not South Pond) on this day involves cutting with loppers (mainly) small to medium birch trees and binding them into faggots. We therefore feel there will be work suitable for all levels of ability and experience. Working at Midhurst Common not South Pond – if transport is required please meet at the Grange Car Park at 9.30 leaving the common at 1.0 – please bring your own refreshments and suitable clothing e.g. boots
UNFORTUNATELY THIS ACTIVITY HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES  – WE WILL BE ARRANGING ANOTHER DATE ASAP AND POSTING THE INFORMATION HEREWE APPOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED
Due to unforseen circumstances we need to cancel this Saturday’s Working Party. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
We do however hope that you will have an opportunity to have a look at the restoration work in progress but you may particularly like to be there next Thursday to make some small contribution through the faggot fixing process, especially those who have made faggots. We will confirm that date and details as soon as Salix the company have given us the up to date information.
Our apologies again for the cancellation.
29th November 14 Support pond restoration To be assessed

We normally meet at 10.0 am. by the wooden footbridge unless we announce otherwise. We would really appreciate your support in whatever way you can.  It maybe that you feel unable to do some of the more physical work but there will be other activities that we can offer so please do just come along we will be very pleased to see you.

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