Quarterly Report 8 – July 2020

Quarterly Report 8 – 8th July 2020

We have been unable to have a Team Meeting since 2019, due to ill health and the Corona virus lock down. Although we have kept in touch via emails.

Firstly we have had a considerable number of people say to us how much they have appreciated having the woods available to them, with family friendly paths during lock down. The bluebell season was beautiful.

Sadly I have to report that wood, we had harvested from the necessary felling of dangerous trees under licence, and which was stored at Bosahan Quarry has been stolen along with 7 x 7”x2” 4 meter lengths of sawn wood (path edging) and some drainage piping. This has been reported to the police and our local Police Community Support Officer Paul Whitford has been looking into the case for us, also following up on some additional information we received from the public. The felled lengths of wood was for resale to provide an income for the future maintenance of the woods and to fulfil our VAT requirements. , In fact it had been sold and was awaiting collection after lock down.

Some good news, The signs at the four entrances to our woods have been completed and are in place on specially prepared surfaces of existing granite boulders. .This was work that the benefactor stipulated in the gift of the woods to CEC. We need to thank Chris Hussey for all his hard work in designing the signs, consulting widely, obtaining quotes for work and seeing the operation through to the end.

A number of fallen trees and logs at one point were damming the stream, preventing the flow of water down the stream, thus the water was making inroads into the path and undermining other tree roots, A hard working volunteer has sorted this problem. Thank you.

A large beech tree has fallen in the high winds, taking with it a large section of the footpath, this area has been taped off , as the pit left by the up rooted tree is quite deep and there are several large stones in the root ball which could come loose fall and injure someone .The go ahead has been given for work to be done to make the tree safe, along with those trees it effected when it fell. This operation will look at whether the root ball can be placed back in the hole, when the weight of the trunk is taken off . If this is not possible, then we are looking at plan ‘B’ on how to fill in the hole and make the path safe, without having access for machinery (even small machinery) from the bridge at the bottom of the woods, which is the nearest point to the fallen tree. We don’t want to damage the path we repaired in October, tracking lots of machinery over it.

Financially, we have been very fortunate to recently receive a gift of £6,400 from our benefactor, which is gift aided, which we are very grateful for and which we will put to good use, starting with the above Beech Tree problem. Our benefactor has been very supportive since handing over the woods to CEC and has really made the financial difference to the work that has been done. Thank you from all of us, both Woods management and users.

Dens and Swings, report pending.

Liz Pearce

Bosahan Woods Management Team