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The first event in our programme will be tidying up the butterfly park clearing the road and paths and re-oiling the WCV Silver Jubilee bench.  The gate hurdle project for the Brick Pit Coppice will continue, as will the further development of the mobile allotment trolley, currently a store for plant pots.














There will be a spring walk in upper Dibbinsdale looking at the spring flowers in Foxes and Thornton Wood especially in the coppice areas where wood anemone and primroses are expanding under the coppicing regime.  We can assess the potential coppice growth/hedge stake harvest at Quarter Bank Coppice and admire the newly laid hedge at Heavy Oak Coppice which will allow much more light to the woodland floor.  Bring along a tool to trim the vegetation as we walk around the woods to help keep the rudimentary paths open.  










At the Opening day at New Ferry Butterfly Park the Silver Jubilee gate will be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.  There will be a broad range of roles to get involved in eg sowing seeds, BBQ, tea making, tombola, cake sales, etc. Contact Paul for details.  It is a great chance to showcase this reserve and the work of the volunteers.  


There is a free environmental awareness event called Cool Heswall - to increase community understanding of climate change.  Here the volunteers will have a WCV display and shall be sowing seeds in newspaper pots.  


The next event is one of a series of nine evening events. The first will be tool maintenance at the butterfly park honing scythe blades and sharpening billhooks.  The herb garden and tree nursery can receive attention.  


There will be an evening trip to Thornton Common to cut the centre of the woodland ride and weed some of the hedgerows.  This will be followed by a group meeting at the Seven Stars.  


June is balsam pulling season.  Despite last year’s restrictions and late start a good area of the wood was cleared of balsam.  Cover up well and bring some insect repellent. We will also remove the flowering heads of the pendulous sedge which is becoming invasive in the wood.


At Poulton Hall there is a charity event.  The quirky gardens will be open for viewing and cream teas served.  The Volunteers will carry out a hedge laying demonstration with a mocked up willow hedge.  Plenty of other roles are required to make the event happen, contact Paul for details.  


In July there will be an evening of tree weeding or watering at Rough Shoots Woods and helping the hedgerow saplings in the hedgerow at Woodchurch Road.  Bring a pair of work gloves and secateurs if you have them.  They will be useful for dealing with any errant vegetation we come across.  Markers will be put on the hedgerow saplings in an effort to prevent them getting flailed.  


The next event is a circular cycle ride.  This event is an ambitious 35 miles starting at Hooton Station.  Bring some refreshments along.  We ‘re taking in a tea shop too!   


The final event will be sharpening scythe blades for the forthcoming scything season to get us off to a good start, along with cultivating some plant cuttings

Paul Loughnane BEM

Hon. Secretary,

Wirral Countryside Volunteers

0151 645 8937

jpl@liv.ac.uk


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Where

Event

Meeting Point

Time

APRIL





Sunday 10th

New Ferry Butterfly Park

Site tidy up and path clearance

New Ferry Butterfly Park

09:30 am

Saturday 23rd

Tom’s Paddock, Foxes Wood and Thornton Wood

Morning Spring Walk around the woods, enjoy the spring flowers

Bridge over M53 on Thornton Common Road

(GR: SJ 328813)  

09:30 am

May





Sunday 1st

New Ferry Butterfly Park

Opening day and Grand Opening of the Silver Jubilee gates, BBQ and stalls

New Ferry Butterfly Park

9:30 am

Wednesday 11th

New Ferry Butterfly Park

Tool sharpening - bring your billhook /axes and learn to sharpen them

New Ferry Butterfly Park

9:30 am

Saturday 14th

Behind Heswall Hall and Library

WCV stall at ‘Cool Heswall’ a fayre raising environmental awareness

Contact Steve for details.

steve.yandell@talktalk.net

9:30 am

Thursday 19th

New Ferry Butterfly Park

Tool maintenance and tree nursery nurturing

New Ferry Butterfly Park

7:30 pm

Thursday 26th

Thornton Common

Cutting the centre of the ride & hedge weeding followed by group meeting at Seven Stars

Thornton Woods, Thornton Common Road.

Seven Stars, Thornton Hough

7:30 pm

9:00 pm

JUNE





Thursday 2nd

Thornton Wood

Balsam removal and removing pendulous sedge flowers to prevent further spread

Bridge over M53 on Thornton Common Road

(GR: SJ 328813)

7:30 pm

Thursday 9th

Thornton Wood

Balsam removal and removing pendulous sedge flowers to prevent further spread

Bridge over M53 on Thornton Common Road

(GR: SJ 328813)

7:30 pm

Thursday 16th

Thornton Wood

Balsam removal and removing pendulous sedge flowers to prevent further spread

Bridge over M53 on Thornton Common Road

(GR: SJ 328813)

7:30 pm

Thursday 23rd

Thornton Wood

Balsam removal and removing pendulous sedge flowers to prevent further spread

Bridge over M53 on Thornton Common Road

(GR: SJ 328813)

7:30 pm

Thursday 30th

Thornton Wood

Balsam removal and removing pendulous sedge flowers to prevent further spread

Bridge over M53 on Thornton Common Road

(GR: SJ 328813)

7:30 pm

JULY





Saturday 2nd

Poulton Hall, Bebington

Volunteers needed for hedgelaying demonstration and other roles at the garden party

Poulton Hall

12:00 noon

Thursday 7th

Rough Shoots Wood

Tree weeding and assisting developing hedgerow standards

Landican Road, Thingwall

7:30 pm

Saturday 9th

Cycle ride towards Frodsham/Helsby

Annual WCV circular cycle ride and tea shop excursion, +/- 35 miles

Outside Hooton Station ticket office

10:00 am

Thursday 14th

New Ferry Butterfly Park

Tool maintenance and tree nursery nurturing

New Ferry Butterfly Park

7:30 pm

Summer 2022 Events Programme

Please bring:  Enthusiasm, Friends (Covid restrictions permitting) stout footwear, work gloves, waterproofs, had sanitiser & refreshments as needed.

Want to know more…? Visit Wirral Countryside Volunteers website:

https://wcv.today or our FaceBook page

E-mail:  lindseys@gmx.co.uk  phone:  07872 953653 or Steve 01928 725265

ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO COVID CANCELLATION


All are welcome, no experience necessary

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