3 Village Woodlands Group Newsletter Spring 2011

Now that winter seems to be at last relaxing its iron grip we are relaunching our activities for the coming year.

We plan to concentrate our energies this year on making progress in Kirton Churchyard woodland margins. After some bureaucratic hurdles the Church authorities have approved the removal of self seeded sycamores from the southern boundary. This will enable us to restore the southern hedgerow while the sycamores are yielding valuable material for path edging and other projects.

Working Parties

We held one last week and have two more scheduled:

  • Saturday April 2nd. 10.00 am to 12.00
  • Saturday April 9th. 10.00 am to 12.00

Please bring gloves, stout boots or shoes, saws and loppers if available.

  • helping the lumberjacks with trimming and removal of timber
  • weeding and mulching the hedge on the eastern boundary
  • completion of path in north wood
  • establishing paths in children's area
  • other jobs will evolve as the site develops

Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday May 25th 2011 in the Recreation Ground Pavilion.

We shall be putting up bird and bat boxes in due course, probably next autumn. If anyone wishes to make some, or knows of a source of low cost, or sponsored wood for these please get in touch with me.

Enjoy the better weather!

Stephen Harvey

Kirton Churchyard Project (Woodland Management)

Members of the steering group with technical advice from Green Light Trust and officers of SCC's Coasts and Heaths Department have surveyed trees and shrubs within the Kirton Church boundary. This information will form a 2 year management plan to be carried out by the woodland group, the local community and children.

Search for Land

Our search for suitable land, that will eventually become our very own community woodland, is ongoing. Various landowners have been approached and while they are sympathetic to our aims, the current economic situation means they are unable to help us at this moment in time. We would therefore be grateful if you could all put on your thinking caps and if there is anyone who knows of somewhere that could potentially be a good woodland site, or knows someone who could be worth talking to, then please contact Stephen (448780) or Alison (448889). It is important to keep our search in the public eye.

Things to make & do

These links are to other sites and should open in another tab or window, depending on your browser.
Build a bee box– design courtesy of Devon County Council
Build a bat box, How to make a bat box – design courtesy of the Bat Conservation Trust
Build a barn owl box – design courtesy of the Barnowl Trust See this page for designs and placement. For the serious constructor!

3 Village Woodlands Group & Trimley St Martin Primary School Churchyard Nature Project

Year 3 children from Trimley St. Martin Primary School have been working in collaboration with the 3VWG to create their own Mini-beast Estate Agency. Their task was to improve an area of rough ground encouraging more bio-diversity.
After completing lots of research at home and at school, as well as visiting the site in May with members of the 3VWG, each child produced their own pictorial plan, attaching a persuasive letter written to the group encouraging them to choose their design. After careful consideration the 3VWG decided to use the plans from Elise McManus, Caprice Liebermann and Lewis Hollingsworth to create a Mini-beast Estate Agency. It was felt that the children’s ideas to reduce the size of the compost heap, add more habitats, create a glade and introduce some seating and additional paths would really improve the area and make it more attractive to a range of wildlife. The children will be visiting the site again and given the chance to get their hands dirty and help the 3VWG carry out the final plan.


The children are now keen to make some bird/bat boxes for the churchyard area and would be very grateful for any suitable pieces of wood. Please contact Mrs Jo Matthews 448887. Alternatively, DIY enthusiasts can obtain a pattern for these boxes from the links above.