Over the past month or so Mark Pollintine has been building an earth closet for the convenience of visitors to our woodland. The good news is that it is now finished and ready for use.
Visitors will need to learn how to use it! This is an earth closet and not a water closet – so EC not WC. This system has been used for centuries and if used properly there are no health or pollution problems – it works on the principle of friendly bacteria breaking down waste.
This project was funded by MSDC and supported by our Mid Suffolk Councillor, Rachel Eburn, who made funds available through her locality budget. The provision of an on-site toilet will be particularly welcome to organizers of events in the woodland, who previously had to import portaloos.
Rachel has agreed to perform the grand opening ceremony at 11.00 am on Sunday March 17th, so you are welcome to come along, maybe use the facility and have a chat to other woodland visitors.
The management committee have organised a volunteer working event for the morning of Saturday April 27th – meeting at 10.00am. We need to clear the perimeter footpath around the wood and it would be good to get as many people as possible involved with that job – children welcome. Please bring loppers, secateurs, strong gloves, goggles etc.
Coffee and Tea will be served in the Yew Room!
are creating problems for the birds. Grey squirrels seem to divide people into two distinct camps; you either regard them as cuddly, entertaining creatures, or you think they are a non native species – rats with tails – and should be exterminated. The sad truth is that grey squirrels are predators, they destroy the trees they live in and eat bird’s eggs and young chicks. You can see in the photos above how they can eat their way into a bird-box to get at the chicks – these two boxes had been ripped off the trees and were lying on the ground. The previous post gives advice about the closure of the Wood for one morning in order for some pest control to take place.
Terry Stopher is doing a great job – he’s put up bird feeders and undertaken to carry out a survey of the birds at Gallowsfield. Its often been thought that there were very few birds in our woodland, but already there have been sightings of long tailed tits, great tits, blue tits and goldfinches. Thank you Terry.
The Gallowsfield Management Committee is very grateful to Sue Clements from Mid Suffolk District Council for providing the funding for these new signs. The signs are designed to be informative and advisory; the full text is as follows,
WELCOME TO GALLOWSFIELD WOOD
GALLOWSFIELD WOOD IS OWNED AND MANAGED BY HAUGHLEY PARISH COUNCIL. THE WOODLAND IS AN IMPORTANT WILDLIFE AND NATURE HABITAT, AND A VALUABLE RECREATIONAL FACILITY.
THE WOODLAND IS OPEN TO VISITORS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR; ALTHOUGH OCCASIONALLY IT MIGHT BE CLOSED TO ACCOMMODATE SPECIAL EVENTS, IN WHICH CASE DUE NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN.
VISITORS ARE ASKED TO RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT AND TO TAKE NOTHING AWAY EXCEPT LITTER.
DOG OWNERS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR DOGS ARE NOT A NUISANCE TO OTHER VISITORS.
VISITORS ARE ASKED TO REPORT ANY INSTANCES OF VANDALISM, FLY-TIPPING OR OTHER KINDS OF ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR TO THE POLICE – PHONE 101.
CCTV CAMERAS ARE IN USE ON THIS SITE.
PLEASE REFER TO THE WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT GALLOWSFIELD WOOD:
ENJOY YOUR VISIT.