Giv­ing the oaks a good spruce

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLEINPICTURES -

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.

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