The first signs of Spring
Car Park Repairs
True to their word the E.A. have removed dangerous overhanging trees and carried out temporary repairs to the car park in Grove Hill. This was agreed at our meeting with them earlier this month and although only a temporary solution, it will be much appreciated by all who use the car park.
When our negotiations with the E.A. are concluded we will look at a more permanent solution to the drainage problem in the car park, which may well involve us working with the E.A.
Bluebell walk this Friday and Saturday
“Friends of Park Wood Hellingly” are leading bluebell walks in the wood this Friday and Saturday, 27th. and 28th. of April. These walks will commence at 11.00 am. on both days, and will be led by members of the FoPWH committee. They will be of approximately one hour duration and will be over varied, but not extreme terrain. The walks will commence from the Grove Hill car park.
The idea being, to show those unfamiliar with the wood, the variety of plants flowering at this time of year and to guide you round a woodland walk accessible to the young and the not so young. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about the work of FoPWH. in the preservation of this beautiful ancient woodland.
Members and non members are welcome and there is no charge (donations welcome). Please ensure that you have suitable footwear for woodland paths, bring your cameras, your water and sociable dogs are also welcome. The walks will not take place if it is raining on the day.
If you require further information contact Paul on 07800907093.
On Sunday 18th. March Paul and Sue were guests of Wayne Spicer on Hailsham FM.
We had an half hour slot, from 5.30pm. to 6.00pm., interspersed with ads. and music. This only allowed a very brief resume of our beginnings and progress to date, but Wayne has asked us to return later in the year, when Hailsham FM. goes live and we are likely to have even more to talk about by then.
There have been several meetings between the Environment Agency and Friends of Park Wood Hellingly, the most recent of which was on Monday 5th. March.
Following on from our previous meeting, at which it was agreed that the sale of Park Wood would be suspended and various options considered, we discussed the preferred option, which is that the EA. should retain ownership and we, as a group, should work, in a formal partnership, with them, to maintain the wood.
This idea was discussed at length and both parties are anxious to produce a management plan which will be acceptable to higher management within the EA. There seems to be a realistic prospect of achieving this goal, but there is much work to be done before a final plan can be put to the EA. management. We are realistically looking at a timescale of about two months before a final decision will be made.
Our discussions with the EA. have been most cordial and certainly at a local level, we are all looking for the same outcome, which must surely be a cause for some optimism.
We have always made it clear to you, our members and to the EA., that safeguarding the long term future of the wood is our primary aim and for any agreement to work, this must be incorporated into a final agreement between us.
We will continue to update you on our progress via the website as and when we have anything new to report. It may seem at times that not much is happening, but you can rest assured that your dedicated committee are working hard behind the scenes to bring things to a successful conclusion on your behalf.
Finally, a big thank you to all our members for their support and encouragement. Without you Park Wood would now be in private hands and facing an uncertain future, so take a very well deserved bow.
Paul Rees, Chairman
Committee of Friends of Park Wood – Hellingly.