Happy New Year for 2020
Above: Winter sun reflects off the front of Kings Weston house
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We're eager to find new volunteer to help us with conservation work on the estate. If you're interested, or know someone who might be, this month is an ideal time to come along and lend a hand.
- Penpole Wood tidy III
- New dates for history walking tours
- Working party poster
- Christmas wishes from Penpole Point
Working Party Reminder - Saturday 11th January
Reminder: January's working party will take place this Saturday 11th. This month we're continuing the removal of cherry laurel in the area tackled in November. Work will involve felling cherry laurel, and also transplanting beech tree saplings from one part of the wood to the newly open area. PLEASE NOTE this Month we meet again at Shirehampton Road car park at 10am. We will be working here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VkCHs0l2fMQptasM1Vb1gWTXB5xS4OOa&usp=sharing
Please feel free to come along any time during the day, but we do prefer to be able to do health and safety briefings as a group at 10am if possible. There will be tasks to suit most abilities though this month it will be principally focused on trimming regrowth, with some felling vegetation. Please come along with suitable clothing for the weather on the day, bring hand-tools if you have some suitable, and we hope to see you there. Please keep an eye on our Facebook Page in case of any change of location, or call 07811 666671 on the day to find us.
Working Party update - Penpole Wood tidy III
Were still battling cherry laurels in Penpole wood, but made good progress with a small team just before Christmas. We were again blessed with a clear day amongst some pretty atrocious weather conditions. Work continued westwards from the White Oak with the ambition to narrow the wall of this invasive evergreen between it and last year’s work in Jubilee Clearing.
As usual our felling focused only on the single species though this has left the area with limited cover from some rather embattled sycamores. Two older yew trees are in good health and there are a good number of Bird Cherry trees. Bird Cherry are scarce in this part of the UK, but they seem to like this part of the estate as there are several dozen of these attractive trees. They carry scented blossoms in May and are popular with birds and insects.
Above: Looking north towards the main path through Penpole Wood before and after work.
There is a large mature Ash now revealed in the same area, but we have to accept that in the coming years this may succumb to Ash dieback.
below: One of around 18 maturing saplings planted in the area
KWAG volunteers have sought to remedy the otherwise poor condition of the wood in this area by replanting with saplings. Beech saplings were picked out from areas elsewhere in the woodland where they were unlikely to survive; these were in areas where they were either growing too densely, or were overshadowed by other vegetation that would compete with them. About 18 were carefully dug up and spaced around the newly opened area where they can enjoy sunlight and better conditions. We hope that most will survive and help to quickly repopulate the space.
Above: Looking south from the new bench along the main path through Penpole Wood.
Below: Looking eastwards across the area with the main path visible on the left
2020 dates for history walking tours
Following from last year’s history walks we’re keen to re-run them this year and give others opportunity to enjoy them. This year we’ll be running them on a Saturday afternoon in order to attract families. Walks will begin at 2pm and last for about two and a half hours – time enough to return to the coffee shop for tea and cake afterwards.
Walks will cost £5 with all funds going towards helping KWAG with its ongoing projects. Under 16s can come along free. Unlike previous years there is no need to pre-book places and anyone is welcome to turn up on the afternoon. Dates have been set for Saturdays 25th April, 23rd May, and 27th June.
Working party poster
A little late off the press, but KWAG’s poster for our 2020 working party is now available. It’s already been posted in display boards around Shrehampton car park, and in KWAG’s dedicated display in the Coffee Shop in Kings Weston house.
If you have anywhere to display a poster we would be delighted if you could download one HERE, print one off and pin it up. If you would like copies please get in touch and we can post some to you.
Below: Christmas wishes on an early 20th Century postcard of Penpole Point. On the right is Penpole Lodge, but there appears to have been considerable artistic license taken in this view!