Woodland Association Activity Programme
Wednesday, April 02, 2008.
Posted by Eila Roberts, Woodland Association Secretary (email@example.com).
Do you take regular walks, run or jog through the woods? Perhaps you prefer cycling. Do your children play in the area? Are you a dog owner or do you ride a horse through the woods? Think back to only five years ago, when the Woodland Association was established. At that time, there were only a couple of muddy tracks through the wood which were impassable when it rained.
Since the Association started, money has been raised to construct robust paths and clear non-native vegetation. We are currently in the process of planting, and regeneration of native species is progressing well.
With most of the rhododendron clearance completed in both the main wood and the terraced garden area, the Woodland Association is approaching a new phase in its existence.
We will be involved, alongside landowners Inverclyde Council and other statutory bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage in drawing up a management plan to include the long-term maintenance of the woodland.
Until this happens we will continue to work away clearing the remaining rhododendron. You are very welcome to come along and join in any of our work sessions.
We supply gloves (gents, ladies/teenagers and kids sizes), tools, refreshments and lunch. Even if you are only available for a couple of hours it would really help - several people come along for just a morning or afternoon but are still valuable volunteers who contribute a lot to the total output. Children are welcome but they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Look out for details of forthcoming work sessions in the Village News or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have decided to focus on and extend our educational walks and activity programme and full details are given below.
Although some sessions (Treasure Hunt, Artworks) are aimed at children, most can be enjoyed by all ages. All our walk leaders are volunteers and do not get paid.
The largest expense we have each year is insurance, both to cover our work sessions but also to cover all our walks and activity sessions. If you use the Woodland, or if you or your family come along to any of our activities, then please consider joining the Association.
Annual membership costs £3.00 for a household or £2.00 for individuals and all income is used to keep the Association running. Donations towards the costs of wildflowers are always welcome.
If you are interested in joining, please give the details requested below and send them to Eila Roberts, 14 Brueacre Drive, Wemyss Bay. PA18 6HA. Cheques should be made payable to Wemyss Bay Woodland Association.
I enclose household membership £3.00 / individual membership £2.00 (please delete as appropriate)
Additional voluntary donation £
2008 Summer Walk Programme
Sat 26th April Family Bat Walk (7.30pm): Come for an evening walk and find out about our local night-time wildlife. Learn how to use a bat-detector.
Sat 3rd May Adult Bat Walk (8.00pm): See April 26th * Adults & over-12s only*
Sat 12th Jul Wombling Morning: Join us for a morning tidying up the wood. Gloves and litter-pickers supplied. * No charge*
Wed 16th Jul Treasure Hunt: A morning of clues and activities for the young and the young at heart.
Wed 23rd Jul Mini-Beast Safari: Things which are too small to notice can be the things which make a woodland work. Get up close to a selection of creepy crawlies and slimy beasties
Wed 30th Jul Artworks: Join us and take part in a range of art and craft activities including petal dying, leaf painting and making shapes and designs from natural materials.
Sat 9th Aug Bird Walk & Bird Boxes: A morning finding out about some of the birds who live in the woodland and what they eat. Help our feathered friends by making a nest-box to go up in the wood.
Sat 16th Aug Folklore of Plants: An insight into how many of the plants, which we now consider to be everyday ones, had former uses and powers which were, perhaps, less than innocent.
Sat 23rd Aug Wombling Morning: Join us for a morning tidying up the wood. Gloves and litter-pickers supplied. * No charge*
Sat 30th Aug Mini-Beast Safari: Things which are too small to notice can be the things which make a woodland work. Get up close to a selection of creepy crawlies and slimy beasties.
Sat 13th Sept Family Bat Walk (8.00pm): See April 26th
Sat 20th Sept Adult Bat Walk (8.00pm): See April 26th * Adults & over-12s only*
Sat 23rd Sept Fungi Forage: Some will be safe, some poisonous and some frankly ugly. Come along and find out more about the mushrooms and toadstools to be found locally.
Wed 15th Oct Bird Feeder Morning: Join us in the Community Centre to make a variety of bird food and feeders prior to taking a walk into the wood to put them up for our feathered friends.
There is a £1 charge for each event which run from 10 12 noon each day, unless indicated. The meeting point for all events is the Car Park at the Community Centre, Ardgowan Road, Wemyss Bay. For more information, or to book a space phone 529375 or email: email@example.com