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Woodland group's volunteer call

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Published: 04/09/2012


The group has been working with South Gloucestershire Council and Hanson Aggregates for over 10 years to care for this much-loved local woodland.

Much of the work is undertaken by a small but passionate group of local volunteers, the Friends of Ridge Wood, which is made up of local people with an interest in the woodland and its wildlife. Many live locally and use the woodland daily for recreation. They also help look out for any issues or problems that may arise, and play an important role in the management of the woodland. The group arranges a programme of practical conservation work throughout the winter months on a regular basis.

The Friends of Ridge Wood are now calling for new members to come forward to help manage the woodland. New faces are needed urgently as a number of group positions currently remain vacant, including chair and vice chair. Without these posts being filled the group cannot be constituted. The group is urging anyone who wants to help out to get in touch and learn some ‘traditional countryside skills’ while also making new friends and getting involved in outdoor activities.

Anyone with an interest in the woodland who would like to join the Friends of Ridge Wood group and take an active role in managing this important local woodland should come along to the next group meeting on Wednesday 12 September 7.30pm at Yate Fire Station Community Safety Centre.

The Friends of Ridge Wood will next be working at Ridge Wood Local Nature Reserve in Chipping Sodbury on Sunday 21 October 2012, 10am – 12noon. Activities will centre on maintenance of the woodland and will include the opportunity to take part in coppicing of hazel, dead hedging, and tending to recent planting. Full instruction will be provided, as will all necessary tools and gloves. Volunteers are most welcome, as are people wishing to find out more about the management of the woodland.

For further information telephone Richard Aston at South Gloucestershire Council on 01454 863725 or email richard.aston@southglos.gov.uk


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