BLYTH WOODS IS VERY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE GROVE PIECE is OURS
At the end of March “Blyth Woods CIO” (Charitable Incorporated Organisation), became the owner on behalf of the local community – which finally confirms the establishment in perpetuity of our Community Woodland. After six years’ planning since 2012 - and just before the end of the financial year (crucial for the sake of funding) - we completed the purchase from the Town Estate Church Charity, with a “restrictive covenant” to secure the future of the woodland.
Grove Piece (its old name) is well-placed by the old bluebell wood Vicarage Grove, between Bramfield Road and Bartholomew’s Lane, 10 minutes’ walk from the school along footpaths. Spring is bursting out and this beautiful place is there for humans to explore and enjoy, as well as being vital for the impatient wild creatures looking for new corridors and places to breed and forage. Bird boxes are ready for occupation, and a Woodcock was seen – a woodland bird looking for a new home?
Recently, under a year’s “licence to occupy”, we made areas for natural generation, planted native saplings, formed a network of “rides” (paths for people not horses!) leading to a pond (to be dug this summer) and central meeting place. And we worked with schoolchildren and the Commons Group. The information board will be set up soon. Please follow www.blythwoods.org for news and our programme of celebrations and activities - also how to become a “Friend”. Our AGM was last month (April) – rescheduled for accounting purposes. Look out for posters for a Plant Identification morning in early summer, led by Graham Peck. Meanwhile, be sure to go over to Grove Piece for the dawn chorus, a quiet moment, or share a sunset with friends.