Wilder Woods

Central Somerset Outdoor Learning Partnership

Update from Hallr Wood

by Deb Millar - July 2nd, 2010.
Filed under: Monthly Review.

We have just finished a week of work experience for four year 10 pupils from Crispin School. They were a wonderful enthusiastic group and we hope to see them on volunteer days in the future.
As part of general woodland maintenance the boys cleared paths and made steps, they also cut back overhanging foliage on the adjoining track for the benefit of jockeys and race horses which use it daily. On Wednesday we processed firewood and delivered a load to CSOLP treasurer, Darryl. On Thursday pupils helped mark trees for thinning and calculated volumes for a Forestry Commission license. On the last day we cooked rabbit stew and installed our sweet chestnut water barrel which will store drinking water for the wood.
Thank you to Martyn, Rosa, Jane, Peter and Eddie who helped give the boys the support they needed to make the experience valuable .
This summer we have run a few events in Hallr Wood but they have been restricted in order to comply with the 28 days ancillary use allowed by planning law. Our regular Wednesday KS4 group continues. This is a small group of older pupils who may be interested in a career in countryside management and conservation. They help with woodland maintenance. We are also due to have a Volunteer Day on Sunday 4th July so we are well ahead with our jobs.

The hot dry spell has left the willow planted last autumn looking a bit the worse for wear. We are getting short of water – could do with a good deluge to fill up our water butts. We have no mains water – everything we use is collected and drinking water is brought in.
Our planning ‘situation’ rumbles on. We continue to need support from people – anyone really- especially those who have been involved with our group or who appreciate that we are trying to restore a small uncommercial woodland for the benefit of the community.