The WoodlandThrough the years
David Hood dies in April leaving the idea and legacy for the If Not Now When community woodland. The Charitable Trust is set up and the trustees have their first meeting.
After much discussion, planning permission to change the use of the land from agricultural to amenity is finally granted. The logo is designed.
Hard landscaping begins; the path, question mark and scrape are constructed.
Tree planting begins, the labyrinth is constructed and the slate benches are installed.
We get our first sign and bike racks are installed. 21 Southern Marsh orchids were counted.
The meadow area of the wood is awarded County Wildlife status as it provides a good example of wet meadow plant communities. We get a bench and to protect the water stand pipe, a re use of a shower tray is engineered.
We have an Open Wood party where 100 people joined us. We commission a local sculptor to make our moving owl. We finally plant four Lord Suffield Apple trees.
We make an insect haven and a willow dome. After years on clambering up the question mark mound, we get some steps.
After years lying on the field, the reclaimed arch stones are cleaned and reconstructed. We also make a start on the pergola and get the columns standing.
A map is made of the woodland and made into an information board. We get a bridge over a ditch.
A local sculptor makes the Silver Surfer sculptures and we install a BBQ. And we celebrate being 10 years old, everyone is invited.
To give a home to the resident owl, we put an owl box up in one of perimeter trees. Norfolk Moths record a nationally scarce moth, Phyllonorycter dubitellaat.
We join North Walsham Garden Centre at their Apple Day and hold our first Dawn Chorus walk.
We take part in Suffield Open Gardens and hold another Dawn Chorus walk with 33 birds being identified.
Fruit tree labels are added. We receive a donation and are able to reuse an old chimney pot to make a sun dial. A night time geocache based at the wood wins first prize in the British and Irish National Geocaching Awards.
The roof of the pergola is finally finished and we get a visitors book.
We buy a bat detector and are featured in a local press walk.
We have our first bat night and identify Pipistrelle, Long-Eared and a Daubenton Bat.
A deer successfully raised twins on site. So successfully in fact that we had to close for a while to allow her twins to grow and mature. But we did manage to remain open for the majority of the year, providing a place of peace in these difficult times.
We appointed some new trustees to the If Not Now When charitable trust bringing the number of our super helpful and committed volunteers to ten
We put up lots of new bat boxes and renovated the shed. We even kept the panel where a bat had made its home last year.
In order to encourage apples and pears to grow higher on the fruit trees for the benefit of wildlife, we started an experiment in our pruning regime where we complete a winter prune and prune of water shoots over the summer.
We had a visit by Dr Paul Dolan, an ecologist from the UEA who was very happy with the diversity of the site, particularly the plant variety in the scrapes. But unfortunately the scrapes have been affected by the non-invasive aquatic plant species, Crassula also known as New Zealand Pygmyweed. This reproduces rapidly and can quickly get out of control and disrupt the balance of the ecosystem. We had to spray the scrapes this year by a specialist and will hopefully have a good management of it for the years to come.
An eight year old boy completed the fantastic challenge of cycling 100 miles in May to raise funds for the wood.