It’s amazing how much nine people can do in a couple of hours. At our first work party in Malster’s Little Field we got busy cutting, planting and constructing. We planted over 60 hazels for coppicing and 17 crab apples (I’ve just found a recipe for rosehip and crab apple jelly). I’m sure the birds will take their share of the fruit harvest too. We cut a path from the footpath through Malsters to Grove Piece to encourage people to keep to a route so that wildlife is less disturbed. In time we may well extend the pathways. The cut path now links with the footpath by a bridge we put in place over the ditch. A hot drink from the Kelly kettle, chocolate cake and flapjack were all very welcome at the end of this activity. Thank you to all who helped today and to John Hill for delivering the matches that we forgot to take. Marie
Thanks to all who contributed items, made cakes, setup tables and did all the other things that contributed to such a successful sale. Not forgetting, of course, all the customers that came and bought the jumble, I hope they all found a bargain!
Nothing was wasted, the Helping Hands charity in Halesworth took everything that was left over at the end except for the books and these went to be sold at the Oxfam bookshop in Woodbridge. (Two car-loads of them!)
Financially it was extremely successful, we don’t have a final figure yet but it will certainly be over £700.
We hope that we shall soon have some new residents in Grove Piece, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl and Kestrel.
It is amazing what can be made from a pile of greenery! On Saturday Camilla demonstrated how to construct a wreath and then everyone got busy, Camilla circulating with advice and assistance. Fortified with homemade cakes and hot drinks, cajoled by Christmas music and a buzz of friendly interaction, there was a lovely atmosphere. By 4.30pm an array of wreaths were being photographed displaying such a range of styles. Horace was helping his aunt but said he wanted to make his own wreath next year. Let’s hope we can repeat the event in 2020, it was a great way to start celebrating Christmas.
Blyth Woods are happy to announce that the purchase of Malsters Little Field has been completed. We would like to send a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has given so much support and contributed to our fundraising efforts.
We haven’t allowed the grass to grow under our feet and have already put our management plan into action with children from Wenhaston Primary School squelching through the mud to plant the boundary hedge. Many thanks and apologies to whoever is responsible for their laundry. The fundraising will continue to cover ongoing costs of trees to plant, maintenance and equipment, with the first event of 2020 being a Grand Jumble Sale at 2pm on 18 January in Wenhaston Village Hall.
Please come along to one of our Saturday work parties at Grove Piece at 10am on 25 January and 22 February and find out more about plans for our expanding community wild spaces
Christmas Wreath Making
(in aid of Blyth Woods funds)
Sat. 14th Dec. 2 pm – 4.30pm
All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Basic kit provided but bring any spare greenery, secateurs and your favourite items to include.
Festive raffle. Hot drinks and cakes.
Tel. 07709923160 to book a place £20
If you would like to pay by bank transfer sort code 30 90 91, account number 72562960 and reference your name WM or you can send a cheque made out to Blyth Woods to Blyth Woods, C/o Wenhaston Post Office,The Village Hall, Hall Road, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 9EP. Please make sure your name is on the list of booked places!
Latest information from Camilla, course tutor.
Please bring a variety of greenery. Leaves larger than a bay leaf or anything that is flat isn’t very useful. The ideal foliage to bring – hebe’s, conifer (except leylandii), holly berries, Scots pine, Pittosporum, trimmings from a Christmas tree, Christmas box, ivy berry heads, box etc. Variegated varieties will look particularly nice. If you have loads in your garden, then please prune away and bring it in to share, as the wreaths do look lovely with a good selection of different foliage. You can also bring in dried hydrangea’s, thistles, rosehips, berries or anything that you think would look nice in a wreath.
Judy Miller sent us the letter below after she finished her fun run.
Just thought I’d let you know I WAS faster than sitting on the sofa (Just!)I’m delighted to inform you that I completed the Saxmundham 5 mile fun run on Sunday 13/10/19 in one piece and 1:06:48- slow & steady!
Many thanks to all who donated to Blyth Woods while I did the running. Sponsorship to date has raised £300.00 for Blyth Woods to date- of which I have approx £100.00 left to collect, as lots of you lovely folk used the Paypal link.
If you meant to sponsor me but never got round to it- here’s the link: