|Newly restored oak tree|
The community woodland is on the site of an old clay pit. In the past much of the building materials for the older houses in the village must once have been extracted from here. It is a very pleasant spot, and the views of the surrounding countryside from some parts of the wood are lovely. There is an open space in the centre which makes a good spot for an open air event.
The reason for the barbecue was to thank members of the village for their help in supporting the woodland, and also to declare a 500 year oak tree, pictured above, 'safe' once again, following coppicing and other tree surgery work to restore it to health. I was really pleased to be able to contribute to the not inconsiderable costs of this work from my County Council locality budget. It is good to be able to support ecological conservation work of this type, and the project made a nice change from leaking village hall roofs and other similar works.
A good time was had by all and the rain more or less held off!
We, (Nick, Rendle and I), would like to thank the members of Chelsworth Woodland for their kind invitation to a very enjoyable event.