By Earthworks Liverpool
The Friends of Childwall Woods and Fields are being supported by several organisations to carry out a year-long programme of habitat and access improvements in our Local Nature Reserve.
As part of this programme, Kevin Curran of EARTHWORKS LIVERPOOL will be running volunteer activity days to improve the biodiversity of the various habitats.
The volunteer days will involve using hand tools to remove a range of vegetation, while also learning about all aspects of habitat management, and of course taking time to enjoy the site.
Sessions are open to everyone.
Young people under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
We ask that you make sure you feel well enough to attend the sessions and bring your own refreshments, mask, sanitiser, gloves, strong footwear, and appropriate clothing for the weather and activity.
All tools are provided.
The sessions are from 11 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm in the woodlands south of the carriageway
Groups will meet at the Countisbury Drive entrance to the woods at the start of each session.
July: Saturday 17th and Sunday 25th – Sorry, fully booked.
August: Saturday 21st, Sunday 29nd – Sapling and bramble removal in the south woodland.
September: Saturday 18th, Sunday 26th – Grassland enhancement
October: Saturday 16th, Sunday 24th – Tree Planting
November: Saturday 20th, Sunday 28th – Planting and path clearance.
December: Saturday 4th, Sunday 12th – Rhododendron and path management
January: Saturday 15th, Sunday 23rd – Rhododendron and path management
February: Saturday 19th, Sunday 27th – Rhododendron and path management
March: Saturday 19th and Sunday 27th – Rhododendron and path management
BOOKING IN ADVANCE IS ESSENTIAL
To book on to a session or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include your name, a contact number, and the date and time of the session you would like to attend.
The volunteer sessions have begun.
Kevin (Earthworks Liverpool) and the volunteers have started thinning out the southern woodlands.
Here are a few photos of a session in progress.
It’s not supposed to be fun Cal and Lynsey although it certainly looks like you’re having a good time.
Here are a couple of the guys getting stuck in.
A quick socially distanced chat before moving on to dead hedging to protect the bluebells.
What would we do without our volunteers?
Sunday 27th June.
A bright sunny day saw our band of volunteers busy in the South Woods removing beech saplings from the already dense woodland.
Thinning the undergrowth is an important job to make space for woodland flowers.
Ian came to the rescue when Kevin, our usual volunteer leader couldn’t make it.
The saplings being removed will be used at a later event for dry hedging to steer feet away from the woodland flowers.
Looks like it’s time to wind down.
Lucky that Clare who does the Forest Bathing was there to finish off with five minutes of mindfulness.
The event was led by Ian Heady the FCWF Volunteer Leader and 2 other Committee Members were present.
A huge THANK YOU to our other volunteers.
A big thank you to Mike O’Connell, Helen Minett and all the litter pickers who have kept our woods and fields looking so cared for during this period of high use. We may not have organised litter picks just yet, but with so many individuals picking up each day our nature reserve has never looked better.
Also a big THANK YOU to our lone diggers.
Geoff Bird, thanks for digging out the mud from the side entrance on Childwall Abbey Road and making it safe.
Ian Headey. Thanks for digging out the paths ALL around the site. It’s made an incredible difference and unearthed some beautiful little paths from another era.