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Past Programme 2009

 2009 Task Programme

Sunday 11th  January     Bough Beech Reservoir (KWT), near Chiddingstone
Leaders Lynne and Pete Flower.   Repairing fence in old orchard and clearing/burning alders.  Bonfire sausages on offer plus opportunity to bake potatoes (if you bring them along!)

Sunday 25th  January    Bore Place,  Bowzell’s Lane,  Chiddingstone
Restoring willow patch behind the old brickworks.  Finish the willow harvesting started in Dec and prune overgrown apple trees and cobnuts in the area. 
OS 188 Grid Ref 505490.  Meet at Bore Place car park over the cattle grid on the right at the end of the entrance lane.

Sunday 8th February     Bough Beech Reservoir(KWT), nr Chiddingstone
Leaders Lynne and Pete Flower.   Winter pruning the old apple orchard and other associated tasks .   Small step ladders and secateurs may be useful, if you are able to bring any along.
Meet in the Visitor Centre car park north of the reservoir causeway on the west side of Winkhurst Green Rd, Bough Beech. OS188 Grid Ref 495493

Sunday 22nd  February      Bore Place,   Bowzell’s Lane, Chiddingstone
Leader John Waller.    Possible ride widening in Kiln Wood
OS188 Grid Ref 505490.   Meeting details as above.

Sunday 8th March    Broadwater Warren, Tunbridge Wells
A site newly acquired in 2007 by the RSPB - 180 hectares of woodland, west of the A26. Currently undergoing a ten-year management plan to restore conifer plantation to heathland.
The task will involve birch thinning and removing small conifers in a boggy area full of high tussocky grass and heather. Stout footwear is recommended .
OS 188 Grid Ref 554372.  Meet at Gate 2. Parking is limited.

Sunday 22nd March    Tudeley RSPB Reserve
Hazel Copicing to improve  habitat.
Meet at OS 188 Grid Ref 617433, the main Tudeley RSPB car park on Dislingbury Rd, off A21 by Fairthorne garage. 

Sunday 5th April     St Julian’s Country Club, Sevenoaks.
Continuing our attack on cherry laurel and rhododendron on this steeply wooded site.
Free delicious lunch available from the restaurant.
OS 188 Grid Ref 547528. Heading south on A225 out of Sevenoaks, after approx 1 mile from town centre just after brow of hill, take left turn towards Knole Park. St Julian’s signposted on right after 0.75 mile. Meet part way down the driveway in a small car park on the right.  

EASTER: anyone fancy organising a walk or wildlife outing? Please get in touch.

Sunday 19th April    St Julian’s Country Club, Sevenoaks.
Attacking cherry laurel and rhododendron on this steeply wooded site.
Free delicious lunch available from the restaurant.
OS 188 Grid Ref 547528. Heading south on A225 out of Sevenoaks, after approx 1 mile from town centre just after brow of hill, take left turn towards Knole Park. St Julian’s signposted on right after 0.75 mile. Meet part way down the driveway in a small car park on the right.  

Sunday 10th May    Broadwater Warren, Tunbridge Wells
A site newly acquired in 2007 by the RSPB - 180 hectares of woodland, west of the A26. Currently undergoing a ten-year management plan to restore conifer plantation to heathland.
Constructing steps on a nature trail. Stout footwear is recommended .
OS 188 Grid Ref 554372.  Meet at Gate 2. Parking is limited.

Sunday 7th June    Birchwood, Bidborough Ridge.
Thinning holly and silverbirch in an area of woodland maintained for the local community.
Meet at public footpath entrance to Birchwood on St Lawrence Ave off Woodland Way, Bidborough.  OS188  Grid Ref 568434.

Sunday 5th July    Bough Beech Visitors Centre near Chiddingstone
Summer pruning in the orchard and hay making. Small step ladders and secateurs may be useful if you are able to bring any. BBQ to follow, after the task at 4-5pm friends and partners welcome please bring contributions (food and drink) contact Sue for details.

Meet in the Visitor Centre car park north of the reservoir causeway on the west side of Winkhurst Green Rd, Bough Beech. OS188 Grid Ref 495493

Sunday 12th  July     Bore Place,   Bowzell’s Lane, Chiddingstone
Not exactly a task but volunteers are welcome to add their support by helping to man a display of our activities on a stand. Tools and materials will be available to make bird and bat boxes for sale. Please get in touch if you are able to brings tools or a workmate..
OS 188 Grid Ref 505490.  Meet at Bore Place car park over the cattle grid on the right at the end of the entrance lane.

Saturday 3rd October     Bore Place,   Bowzell’s Lane, Chiddingstone
Hazel Layering. We will be layering Hazel as part of the Bore Place Woodland Day.
OS 188 Grid Ref 505490.  Meet at Bore Place car park over the cattle grid on the right at the end of the entrance lane.  

The task programme for Autumn 2009 is still being developed, with the exception of 18th October which is fixed. The following dates are fixed and the venues will be confirmed and added to the website as soon as Sue has finalised them.

Sunday 18th October Chiddingston Reserve - Kent Wildlife Trust.
Pond Clearance. Leader Pete Flower.  The site is an old brick works which is now established woodland. The task is to clear a pond to improve the quality of the habitat. OS 188 Grid Ref 511468.  Meet at yard next to Brickyard Cottage, 1 mile west of Penshurst railway station on north side of the B2027.

Sunday 25th October  OPTIONAL TASK
For anyone keen to revisit Broadwater Warren before January 2010.

A relatively recently acquired RSPB site of 180 hectares of woodland south of Tunbridge Wells, west of the A26. Under a ten-year management plan to restore conifer plantation to much needed and now very rare heathland. Work will involve birch thinning and removing small conifers in a boggy area full of high tussocky grass and heather. Stout footwear is essential as the terrain is challenging (not to mention the unexploded ordnance)

OS 188 Grid Ref 554372. Meet at new car park at Gate 2.

Sunday 1st November NEW SITE at Chiddingstone Castle
A new site but familiar faces, as Lynne and Peter Flower strive to increase the biodiversity of an immature woodland plantation, as part of a newly established educational programme at Chiddingstone Castle. Plenty of habitat-creating opportunities and some tree felling for bow saw enthusiasts.

The Castle is well sign-posted but don’t be put off by a barrier just before the car parking area.  Call A1 for assistance on the key pad. 

Grid Ref OS188 498452

Sunday 15th November             Birchwood, Bidborough Ridge.
Birch thinning and possibly some path restoration work with David Counsel and Peter Riley of the Local Residents Association.

OS 188 Grid Ref 568434.  Meet at public footpath entrance to Birchwood on St. Lawrence Ave off Woodland Way, Bidborough.                                   

Sunday 29th  November           Bore Place, Bowzell’s Lane, Chiddingstone
Commonwork Land Trust site.  Working with John Waller –  Hazel coppicing in Bushy Wood with a view to layering hazel to establish new stools in the springtime! 

OS 188 Grid Ref 505490.  Meet at Bore Place car park over the cattle grid on the right at the end of the entrance lane.

 Sunday 13th December           Tudeley RSPB site
Hazel copicing with RSPB volunteers led by new warden Mathew Allen. Meet in the RSPB car park off Dislingbury (otherwise known as Half Moon) Lane off A21 by Shell Garage near Pembury.

Grid Ref. OS188 617435. 

 

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