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From Withymeed:

Dear Julia

Thank you and your team for such a productive and enjoyable day. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did, and sorry I couldn’t actually help.
They all worked so hard and produced stunning results. I am really
pleased- Withymead looks so much better for it, thank you.


Just a quick email to say I went to Cowleaze last week. The work done looks wonderful – certainly a real difference to the boundary path adjacent to the larch.

Please pass on my thanks to all the volunteers.

Kind regards

Joanne Mason MICFor
Beat Forester – Chilterns
Forestry Commission England | Chilterns Forest Office


Dear Julia,

Once again – many thanks for a very productive morning at Withymead. The route from the Bridleway entrance to the slipway is now much better defined and, at last, we seem to be able to see where we are going. Thank you, too for beginning work to remove vegetation from the car park. It has proved to be quite a job involving digging of butter burr – so may well appear on task lists again!

Please thank all your group for their support over the last few months when the Trustees have been organising things. It has been really helpful for us to get to know you and the SC G Gymmers. We’d like to keep in touch and come down to see you when you are at Withymead.


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Summer awareness

This is what a tick bite looks like. It was obtained by one of our GGers at Greys Court when we were pulling ragwort in the hay field a few weeks ago.
Beware and watch out. Removal at the doctor’s and a course of antibiotics meant no further problems.
Tick bite

Aston Rowant

From an unexpected angle this time, a report from the Wallingford Green Gym:

Moorend Common

Orchids thrive at Moorend Common, and so does the Green Gym

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Withymead’s thanks Green Gym

A message from the Trustees at Withymead:
Please pass on our thanks to your Green Gymmers. We had compiled a long list of jobs for today and you managed to do so many of them.
The Forest school is now looking far more inviting now that nettles and sycamore have been tamed. The slip way is so clear, I think you could do open heart surgery on it! Let’s hope that no self respecting ragwort will show its’ face in the Study Centre garden for a while.
I learnt a lot from your group again today. The group working down by the river spotted the Hemlock Water Dropwort and the Figwort – both interesting finds. I was asked about sand martin predators and have been doing a bit of Googling to find out. Apparently they are predated by both birds and small mammals – stoat, rats, heron and sparrow hawk – so the surrounding vegetation needs to be kept low to act as a deterrent.
There are fewer sand martins this year because there has been a drought in Africa – their winter feeding grounds. We hope that some might spot the new homes waiting for them at Withymead when they start their migration back to Africa.
We look forward to seeing you again in a month’s time.

Hurst Water Meadows

Many thanks for all your efforts today. I am amazed at the amount of work your group gets through. I was so pleased we managed to keep that bonfire going.

I’ve updated our blog with some of Lisbet’s pictures and attached a group one for you to use. But please feel free to download and use any of our pictures.

Lots of nettle scything during the next few months. It will be interesting to see how Old Bridge Meadow looks when you visit in the Autumn.



Spring Wood

Today we cleared a large area of invasive holly on the western side of Spring Wood, and managed to burn most of it despite wet conditions making for a slow start to the bonfire. The fire area was taped off as usual at the end of the session. Chocolate cake and lemon drizzle cake at coffee break.

Julia, 24/1/2016


Aston Rowant

Major scrub bashing with 2 bonfires for our January session at Aston Rowant. Everything was shrouded in fog when we arrived, but the sun came out mid-morning so we were able to admire the fabulous views during pauses from lopping hawthorn.

Julia 21/1/2016


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