We work to an agreed management plan reviewed by a Management Support Group which meets regularly to discuss future work and plan the work parties.
Click here for the Management Plan
Click here for the Action Plan
Click here for the spreadsheet of the annual cycle of tasks
Click here for the current season’s work plan
Click here for the New Reach Aims/Objectives/Action plan 2012-17
Click here for the New Reach Review and Update 2016
Monthly Work Parties – held on the second Sunday of the month
The following pictures were taken at various work parties:
Mowing and raking Wherry field in Folly meadow.
Resting from the heat by the fallen willow while mowing and raking the Latitude field in Folly meadow.
Clearing tall grass, nettles etc from round orchard trees as mower cannot get close enough.
Renovating the tree screen along the boundary between Lester’s Piece and the Inudstrial Estate which was planted in 2003.
The end of winter pruning
Pruning the community orchard.
Come rain, hail or shine the willing volunteers carry on, this time laying a hard-standing in front of the signboard in Angel meadow
October 8th – clearing cut material from the Mound in Angel meadow and the cleared extension to the Orchard
September 10th – Folly meadow – cutting and raking material from Wherry field
August 13th – Folly meadow – cutting and raking material from Orchard field
July 9th – Folly meadow – trimming willow wherry and clearing cut material
June 11th – Folly meadow – trimming willow arch
May 14th – Blyth meadow – repairing seat at Otter Corner
April 9th – New Reach – hedge and verge maintenance
March 12th – the Folly – cutting back “railway” footpath and mowing hill to maintain short acid-grassland
February 12th – raising the wherry’s 30′ mast for Winterlight Festival and clearing cut vegetation between the New Reach and Chestnut meadow
January 8th – clearing ditch in Folly meadow and coppicing hazels in the Orchard
December 11th – enlarging Louise’s Pond and clearing ditch
November 13th – renovating hedge beside New Reach towpath
October 9th – clearing cut material from side of ditches in wherry and latitude fields of Folly meadow.
September 11th – raking and stacking cut material on wherry field, Folly meadow
August 14th -to be added
July 10th – cutting New Reach bank between White Bridge and the railway bridge
and trimming the willow tunnel on Folly meadow
June 12th – clearing overgrown footpath along Rails’ End
May 8th – instead of a work party, a walk-about – an opportunity to view the results of work done and record any wildlife.
At the end of the morning John Baker, local recorder, spotted a grass snake swimming up the New Reach. Everyone standing on White Bridge had a clear view of it swimming under the bridge but the sluice defeated it and it decided to lie low in the vegetation near the alder roots.
April 10th – With chiff chaffs and blackcaps singing on the Green and birds beginning to nest in various places we reduced disturbance to a minimum and cancelled this Sunday’s Work Party.
March 13th – dam boards replaced, brambles cut back beside cycle track and Angel Wood checked
February 14th – alot of different jobs done in and around Folly meadow
January 10th – coppicing hazel and pruning in the orchard