We have a chance to buy Maltster’s Little Field, a 1.6 acre field between Grove Piece, Vicarage Grove and the public footpath. We have all sorts of ideas for the field which shares a hedge with Grove Piece. The hedge would be allowed to seed into the space and we would also plant some trees along the ditch beside the footpath. We would like to restore the pond, encourage wetland flora, plant an area of coppicing and also native fruit and nut trees. The network of footpaths would be extended with a footbridge from the public footpath. The benefits to the existing wild space and to people would be considerable and we hope you will feel able to help us raise the money to purchase the field.
On a recent walk in Grove Piece we found a large patch of Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) near to the north hedge. Ground Ivy is, or was, also known in East Anglia as Tunhoof. Before the introduction of hops Ground Ivy was the main means of adding bitterness when brewing, or tunning, beer. The Old English name is Hofe , so Tunhoof came from combining the two words.
All over the field Common Field-Speedwell (Veronica persica) is opening small bright blue flowers. One petal (usually the lowest) of the flower is paler and smaller than the other petals, a useful way of telling it from other speedwells
On the surface of the pond were several Common Pond Skaters (Gerris lacustris). I got close enough to one of them to photograph it and when I looked at the photo later found that it was holding prey in its front legs, a small insect that had probably dropped onto the water.
It was lovely to welcome old friends as well as new faces to our AGM on Wednesday 24th April. After a summary of the Blyth Woods year we had a talk by Alan Miller on the fascinating Bats of Suffolk. Like other insect eaters these creatures are having a hard time and need insect rich habitats along with dead trees, tunnels, attics and barns to rear young and hibernate. I didn’t realise that some bats live for twenty years but only rear one young one a year. Let’s hope we can support them through our work with Blyth Woods. Refreshments and chance to chat brought the year to a close and fired us up for new challenges in the year to come. Raising money to buy Maltster’s Little Field beside Grove Piece will be our focus for a good part of the time ahead and we would be grateful for any support folks can offer whether that is money, time or ideas.
Blyth Woods community woodland 7th AGM will be held on Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 7.30pm in the Wenhaston Church Room (next door to the church).
Everyone is welcome to come along and find out more about our activities and plans. Alan Miller of Suffolk Wildlife Trust will give a talk on Bats of Suffolk. Refreshments will be provided.
After several years of rearing oak trees from local acorns the four beds in the grounds of Wenhaston Primary School needed some attention. The rotting wooden surrounds were replaced with new wood, the beds were weeded and then topped up with peat-free compost and horse manure. Hopefully the small trees will flourish and be more able to withstand any dry weather. The paths between the beds now have a deep layer of bark and the nursery is ready for another year of planting and growing.
February 16th 2019 Marie
The Blyth Woods’ stand was made ready on the morning of the Bazaar and just as well that it was as excited visitors jumped the 2 o’clock gun making for a frantic start to the event.
We were delighted to have so many people visiting our stand throughout the afternoon and showing an interest in Grove Piece community woodland. Our display board had photographs of the clay day held in October in Grove Piece and there were plenty of excellently sculpted clay products from the event for sale. Chalk sieved from the clay was also available for purchase with a chalk board.
Tree forms from the Grove Piece workshop in September were also displayed and for sale.
Our popular jams, pickles and chutneys flew off the shelves and the “Guess the number of holly leaves in the jar” competition drew in many punters in the hope of winning a Christmas hamper. Well done to our winner, Trish Gower. Lots of sympathy was expressed for Marie who had the task of filling the jar with the holly leaves and is still feeling the effects in her damaged fingers – that’s what happens when you come up with a good idea!
A good time was had by all, especially Father Christmas(who didn’t look a day older than last year) and his Fairy helper and we say thank you to all those who visited our stand and generously contributed to our charity.
Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in Grove Piece in 2019!