Quarterly Report 7 – January 2020

After a very busy October re-instating the middle path, there has been a lull in work.

The Bosahan Woods Management Team met on 7th November 2019.

The renovation of the path went well, despite rain every day for the 7 days we worked on the path. We had over 400 hours of volunteer time. And were overwhelmed by the support given to the project, we all received emails, phone calls, stopped in the street, Social Club, Church, WI Soup and Pud, doctor’s surgery, by people saying thank you for opening up the woods again and to being able to walk alongside each other and look around appreciating the woods themselves. The total cost was £5,675.64, VAT is being claimed back for the fund. A big thank you to John Williams and Richard Mann for their expertise enabling this project to be completed, and to all the volunteers, cake and catering teams that kept us going. The constant bad weather this winter has really tested and path, which seems to be standing up very well.

Muriel’s oak bench was made and fitted by Martin Day which has fitted into the environment very well and is frequently used.

Forestry School, still very much enjoying the woods when the weather permits. The Forestry school is teaming up with the Fal class in the:Primary School to use the woods in the future. All very positive.

Dens and Swings, these are regularly monitored to make sure they are as safe as they can be in a woodland environment and were last reviewed in November and no significant issues were observed.

Glebe Garden; Transition Constantine asked us to consider the possibility of taking the Glebe Garden under our umbrella, including the land within our insurance, if it could be purchased or leased for the village. The aim being for Transition Constantine to look after it. In principal this would be something we might be interested in but require more detail.

We discussed the need for a long term plan for the management of the wood and trees, and after consideration of companies available.. We agreed to ask Tim Scott-Ellis BSc. Hons (For) Dip Arb (RFS) F Arbor A, MICFor, MRICS a Consultant Arborist , who is well respected within his field. To look at our woods and trees, which he did, reporting his findings to both us and Cornwall County Council, who had concerns about digger work cutting into the path banks and damaging tree roots. Tim was able to reassure CCC in his report (which includes photographs) that he did not believe any significant damage had been done to any existing trees, or would affect their continued health and condition in the future. He also mentioned a red squirrel project that might interest us The full report will be discussed in detail at the next Team meeting in February.

Liz Pearce

Bosahan Woods Management Team