'Prince's Trust Volunteers On Site'
During February, a group of volunteers visited the site as part of a course run by the Prince's Trust. (For enlarged image click on the photo)
Having previously met with our site manager, Roy, a programme of tasks were identified which were to be undertaken by the volunteers over a 2-week period. The group raised funds to purchase equipment by organising a fun run around Guildford in fancy dress. They set about removing the holly and scrub between the spine path and the ancient ditch and bank feature to the north of the meadow. They also tackled the removal of alien species (rhododendron + bamboo) in the wild area and undertook a general clear out of non-native trees and shrubs and any dumped rubbish. The resulting debris will be burnt over time. During the project Nigel, our assistant site manager, visited the site to dig the ditch and it gave an immediate indication of how the drainage had been improved by the clearance operation.
All in all, a very successful project undertaken by the Prince's Trust volunteers and the Association is very grateful to Jasmine, Kayla, Marc, Matt, Michala, Matty, Tom and Tim and their course leaders for all their hard work - especially as the weather was not very kind during their chosen two weeks at Fox Corner.
We are especially grateful for their donation of surplus monies from their fun run.
We hope that this is just a start to a long association with the Prince's Trust - to read more of the aims of the Trust and courses they run, please visit their website.
The 2010 AGM was held on Monday 31st March in Lord Pirbright's Hall. We enjoyed a fascinating and expert talk "Detecting Mammal Signs" by David Williams from Surrey Wildlife Trust. Click here to read the Chairman's report.
The newsletter has been distributed to members and residents in January. Click here for the on-line version.