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Latest NEWSLETTER October 2016 pdf format
Next Friends Walks and Events.....
All events are free and open to members and non-members alike. Donations always welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult parent/carer. Unless otherwise stated the events start from the front of the mansion/car park.
Sunday 16 October FUNGI WALK
Meet on the mansion steps at 1.30 Mark Spencer and some of his fellow fungi experts will lead a walk around the park searching for interesting specimens. This is an identification walk and not to collect edible fungi.
Sunday 13 November LATE AUTUMN WALK
Meet on Mansion portico at 1.30pm. A straight forward walk around the park looking for some autumn colours in the leaves and any migrant birds.
Wednesday 7 December MINCE PIE WALK
Meet on mansion portico 1.30pm. This is a bit of a tradition now. Come for a short or long walk depending on the weather and have a mince pie, soft drink and some chocolate when we stop for a sit down. All welcome.
SENSORY GARDEN WORKDAYS (sessions last about 2 hours)
Dates 2nd Saturday of the month, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December. Meet 10.00am either at the mansion or go straight to the Sensory Garden. There will be work to suit everyone. Call/email for date of any second session, contacts below.
The Sensory Garden is open and in use by park visitors. The changing seasons will be reflected by the type of plants growing, in flower or seeding. Friends volunteers are continuing to maintain the garden and plant new plants when necessary and suitable. The park gardeners also carry out work in the garden. Regretably someone occasionally steals plants which volunteers have planted for the enjoyment of all park users.
If you want to join the volunteers just turn up on the dates and times above or contact us for more details. Even if you don't know anything about gardening this is a good place to start with the help of other volunteers.
Other conservation work is done during winter months when plants and animals are mostly dormant. Only light work is carried out, no tree felling and we usually only work for a couple of hours. Gloves, tools and instruction provided. The work we do is light pruning / coppicing. Rhododendron control, Holly control, bramble control, Litter Picks. It's surprising how much work a few people can do in a short time.
welcome but must be accompanied by a carer. Dogs are welcome
if kept under control. Members and non-members welcome to all events.
If uncertain about
time/place, contact details are on the contacts page.