A stroll in the woods saw the last of the bluebells in flower. Many have collapsed in the drought which has hardened the path surfaces in the woodland. Other bright new growth has begun to narrow some of the paths, particularly the bridle track on the west side of Banstead Wood. Meanwhile plants and trees in both the older and more recent coppiced areas are continuing to flourish.
Dog Violet, coppiced area, Martin deFreitas
Bluebells and new hazel beside one of our earlier dead hedges.
On 18th May, Graham Harris recorded the following species making an appearance in our latest coppice patch: Bluebell, Dogs Mercury, Enchanter's Nightshade, Lords & Ladies, Willow Herb sp., Early Dog Violet, Wood Avens, Primrose, Bugle, Common Figwort, Wood Spurge. Bare earth 35%.
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!