This week has seen some very different 'firsts' of the year for the WoodChips. The dead hedge resulting from the coppicing on the main path in Banstead Wood was completed by one of our teams on Thursday. Delayed by the recent foul weather, the hedge starts from just behind the Lion sculpture near Holly Lane car park, wending its way uphill for around 74 metres (or for those of an Imperial persuasion, over 80 yards). An extra Walnut tree was planted in the Knoll, adding to the Walnuts, Elms and Hazel planted in this area last year. The frogs in the Banstead Woods pond have already begun their spawning, and today we saw the first frogspawn of the year in the Lagoon. Also the year's first sighting of a newt! Graham K
Part of the team working on the dead hedge: Graham K, Richard III and Geof H.
We are a self-funded group of volunteers looking after our local countryside in Banstead Wood and Chipstead Valley. We extend a warm welcome to those who would like to help maintain this important green space for the benefit of everyone. Here you will find details of WoodChips weekly tasks and activities. Check back soon to see what we're up to!