West Berkshire Countryside Society

Event Diary November 2019 to March 2020

The events below give you the opportunity to come out on practical tasks, learn new skills, meet new people and, above all, enjoy yourself. The tasks usually begin around 10am and finish by 3pm but you are very welcome to come for as much time as you wish to give during these hours. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing, and bring a packed lunch if you are coming for the full day. Hot drinks are usually provided mid-morning, as are the necessary tools.                                    

Tue-26-Nov 10.00 am Bucklebury Common Heathland management. Cutting silver birch and Scots pine saplings. Hopefully a bonfire. Parking at Angels Corner SU550 688                                             

Tue-03-Dec 10.00 am Ashampstead Common.  SU576 751 Veteran Tree Halo Polishing. Help us maintain the glades that help our veterans prosper. We will be cutting back bracken, bramble and small saplings. Meet at The Cottage, Ashampstead Common. SU5765 7512                                    

Tue-10-Dec 10.00 am Boxford Water Meadow Site #2 Westbrook, Boxford  Scrub and vegetation clearance on this SSSI. SU426 717 Parking in access track off Westbrook                                        

Sat-14-Dec 10.30 am – 1.00 pm  Bucklebury Common, heathland management. Join the Bucklebury Heathland Group to help maintain this important heathland habitat. Meet at Angels Corner SU 550 688                                             

Tue-17-Dec 10.00 am Stanford Dingley – river bank clearance #1. Clearing selected trees and scrub along the riverbank of the Pang to allow light into the bed of the river. Park on the Byway which runs South from Bucklebury Road in Stanford Dingley opposite the entrance to Pangfield Farm SU566 716                                             

Tue-24-Dec         Christmas. – Day off                                                 

Tue-31-Dec 10.00 am – joint with CROW – details to be agreed  

Event Diary January – March 2020

The events below give you the opportunity to come out on practical tasks, learn new skills, meet new people and, above all, enjoy yourself. The tasks usually begin around 10am and finish by 3pm but you are very welcome to come for as much time as you wish to give during these hours. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing, and bring a packed lunch if you are coming for the full day. Hot drinks are usually provided mid-morning, as are the necessary tools.

Tue-07-Jan-20   10.00 Grove Pit Common, Leckhampstead, Scrub clearance on this parish wildlife site. Access the common via the track which leaves the B4494 west at Cotswold Farm.  SU440 777. Please leave your vehicles at the bottom of the track and walk up to the common. Vehicles carrying tools and refreshments please drive directly to the task site.              

Sun-12-Jan-20   10.30 am – 1.00 pm Bucklebury Common, heathland management. Join the Bucklebury Heathland Group to help maintain this important heathland habitat. Meet at Angels Corner SU 550 688                                            

Tue-14-Jan-20   10.00 Basildon Primary School – woodland classroom maintenance. Park along Ashampstead Road SU592 763                                             

Tue-21-Jan-20   10.00 Holt Lodge Farm, Kintbury. Coppicing to refresh the hazel stools and open up the woodland canopy. Parking at Holt Lodge Farmhouse near Kintbury SU387 648                              

Tue-28-Jan-20   10.00 Redhill Wood. Ride widening and brash clearance. Parking SU419 642 off road, park on entrance to the main ride                                               

Tue-04-Feb-20  10.00 Stanford Dingley. Riverbank clearance. Clearing selected trees and scrub along the riverbank of the Pang to allow light into the bed of the river. Park on the Byway which runs South from Bucklebury Road in Stanford Dingley opposite the entrance to Pangfield Farm SU566 716                                            

Sat-08-Feb-20    10.30 am – 1.00 pm Bucklebury Common, heathland management. Join the Bucklebury Heathland Group to help maintain this important heathland habitat. Meet at Angels Corner SU 550 688                                       

Tue-11-Feb-20  10.00 Sulham Water Meadows, Sulham. Coppicing bankside trees by the stream. Parking at Sulham Church SU642 742                                          

Sun-16-Feb-20  2.00 pm A LOOK AT THE FAR EAST (of Hermitage Parish). Or, a Walk around Hermitage Parish.   Starting and finishing in Everington Lane, Hermitage SU519 737 where there is limited parking in lay-bys on either side of the road.  Further parking can be found in the woods by the entry sign to the village, about 500m to the west. We will see ancient landscape features including parish boundary tracks and banks, woodland, trees and pollards, quarries, water meadows, interesting farm buildings and a rebuilt Norman church. The walk is about 4.5 miles long and contains a few steep hills.  There are also several stiles on the walk and surfaces can be muddy and uneven.                                             

Tue-18-Feb-20  10.00 The Malt House, West Woodhay. Hedge maintenance of hedges laid in previous years. Please remember to bring your own lunch with you on this task, our hosts at the Malt House now supply lunch for us during our March visit but not for other occasions. Park at Malt House farmhouse SU395 637                                          

Tue-25-Feb-20  10.00 Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Lambourne. Hedge laying. Parking at the red barn SU349 816 DO NOT USE SAT NAV for this site.                                    

Tue-03-Mar-20  10.00 Furze Hill, Hermitage Woodland and butterfly habitat management on this parish wildlife site. Parking at the village hall – through double gates off Pinewood Crescent SU511 739                                            

Sun-08-Mar-20  10.30 am – 1.00 pm Bucklebury Common. Heathland management. Join the Bucklebury Heathland Group to help maintain this important heathland habitat. Meet at Angels Corner SU 550 688                                         

Tue-10-Mar-20  10.00 Hillgreen Leckhampstead. Scrub clearance, park at SU452 767                                                 

Tue-17-Mar-20  10.00 The Malt House, West Woodhay. Hedge maintenance of hedges laid in previous years. Our hosts will provide lunch for the group on this visit. If you wish to join us for lunch, please confirm to tonyjmcdonald@btinternet.com by 5:00pm on Thursday 12th March at the latest. Park at Malt House farmhouse SU395 637                                         

Tue-24-Mar-20  10.00 Stanford Dingley. Riverbank clearance. Clearing selected trees and scrub along the riverbank of the Pang to allow light into the bed of the river. Park on the Byway which runs South from Bucklebury Road in Stanford Dingley opposite the entrance to Pangfield Farm SU566 716

Tue-31-Mar-20  10.00 Rushall Manor Farm, off Back Lane, Bradfield. Woodland management and ride widening. Meet at the Black Barn off Back Lane between Stanford Dingley and Bradfield. SU584 723

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