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Jubilee Wood update 29/11/2016

posted 30 Nov 2016, 00:54 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 5 Nov 2017, 12:07 ]

A lot has happened since the woodland volunteers carried out their initial planting programme in 2012.

  • Most importantly perhaps, most of the trees have survived and have grown to a size where they now stand above the rest of the vegetation. A few succumbed to drought and competition from the grasses and lupins that have grown up on the old allotment site; these were replaced with donated trees and Black Poplars grown from cuttings;

  • There have been a couple of attempts to introduce wild flower plants, including cowslips, primroses and meadow saxifrage – worth keeping an eye out in the spring to see how well they are doing;

  • A Barn Owl box has been erected on the site – the old Mere and other grasslands around the village offer good hunting for owls so with any luck they may take up residence. The box has been relocated to a tree with a good view over the Mere to encourage them.

  • The public footpath linking Low Road from the old Baptist chapel to the Green is very well walked, providing a safe route for pedestrians (and their dogs) to get from one end of the village to the other.

  • The two commemorative oak trees planted by Dan Poulter MP and the Parish Council (both on the Mere side of the site) are both doing well and can be identified by the plaques next to them

Managing the woodland to date has largely been a matter of cutting the vegetation around the trees to reduce harmful competition from grasses and the remnants of allotment plants which thrive on the rich soil here. Now that the trees are established they should be more able to cope. A side effect of regular cutting should be to encourage some of the finer grasses and wildflowers, particularly on the rides and open grassy areas. Future management will concentrate on these things.

  • Mowing the rides between the blocks of trees so that people can use the whole site, not just the public footpath.

  • Where it is possible rake off the cut material to gradually reduce the fertility of the grassy areas to help the growth of wildflowers. The area next to the pumping station entrance is a priority as the blackthorn thicket on the edge of the Mere is invading it with huge vigour – if it isn’t cut regularly it will soon turn into a thorny jungle.

  • Keep tabs on changes to the site by monitoring the plant and animal species that are present, and perhaps creating a regular photographic record.

If you would like to help with any of these things please contact the Jubilee Wood trustees or Jed Bultitude (jedbultitude@gmail.com).

Follow this link to see some recent photos.

Clearing and Planting

posted 16 Jan 2013, 11:49 by James Mansell   [ updated 5 Nov 2017, 12:07 by Chris Hoare ]

Below are a series of photographs taken during December, showing the clearing of land and the planting of the hazel copse. 

Click the photographs for a larger image.

Spades at the ready!

Making Hay While the Sun Shines (Sort of)

posted 13 Dec 2012, 02:59 by James Mansell   [ updated 5 Nov 2017, 12:07 by Chris Hoare ]

During the week ending 9th December, volunteers gathered to cut back the long grass at the Jubilee Wood site, making hay in the last of the winter sunshine.

Community Tree Planting Day: 15.12.12 at 1:00pm

posted 13 Dec 2012, 02:52 by James Mansell   [ updated 5 Nov 2017, 12:07 by Chris Hoare ]

Tree Planting Day

Woodland Trust Invites you to a Community Tree Planting Day at Earl Soham Jubilee Wood on Saturday 15 December at 1:00pm. Meet opposite The Vic.

Jubilee Wood: Meeting 29th October 2012

posted 15 Oct 2012, 11:24 by James Mansell   [ updated 5 Nov 2017, 12:07 by Chris Hoare ]

Last week, on the 29th September, members of the Jubilee Wood Volunteers came to start clearing the old allotment area. 

Things that were done:
  • In preparation for the official adoption of the footpath, various blackthorn stumps were removed. When the hedge is trimmed on the inside(by David Sillett this month) this will then meet the conditions required by SCDC.  
  • Three sycamore trees were taken down, the smaller branches to be burnt on a bonfire.
  • Six rolls of wire fencing and other miscellaneous items were removed from the ground.
  • Nettles and fully-grown areas of weed were hacked down. 
  • In favour of nature, we have created log piles (from the sycamore trees) for various species of wildlife to inhabit.
The trees from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee woodland trust will be arriving in November. We hope to have the grass cut and the blackthorn cut back by November to be able to start planting.

We have started a photographic record and some of these pictures are shown below. Please click to enlarge. 

Jubilee Wood Photographs September 2012

We hope to see nature making progress here but we can’t leave it down to nature alone so please come along (even if you're not a member).

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