Giving the oaks a good spruce
ATEAM of volunteers spent a few hours sprucing up a woodland.
The Chiltern Society organised a work party in Hockeridge and Pancake Woods, situated between Ashley Green and Berkhamsted, recently to open-up and restore a well-used ride to make access easier.
The woods are owned by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS). They were bequeathed to the society in 1986 by Mary Wellesley, the great granddaughter of the Duke of Wellington, who rescued the woods from neglect in 1952.
The RFS wants to work with local people and the Chiltern Society, which has almost 7,000 members based in Chesham, to help maintain the woods for future generations.
The work involved cutting back and coppicing self-seeded trees, removing bracken and bramble and generally tidying up to encourage the movement of birds, insects and butterflies.
To join the group contact Geoff Wiggett on 01442 875 906.