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Early Summer 2009

Our regular correspondent writes:

A fantastic display of Bluebells and Ramsons (Wild Garlic) covered the woodland floor at the end of April and early May. Sadly, all too soon this spectacular display disappears as the sunlight is excluded by the increasing density of the emerging tree leaves especially the Sycamore and the late arriving Ash and Oak. This is a good time to go in search for and identify the great variety of the wood's flowers. Those of you walking in the wood at this time must have been impressed by the exceptional presence of the woodland birdsong.

Many thanks to Alisdair Sherman for his work in clearing "stands" of young Ash trees in the Toll Rocks area.

Our Chairman comments:

Although we try to keep you in touch with everything that is going on in the wood, we believe that a lot of people do not appreciate what the wood is about and what owning it entails.

In 1998 the people of Menstrie fought hard to get the funding to by the wood so that it would be saved as an asset for all the village and not affected by unwanted development. It is an ancient wood and should be preserved for all to enjoy. What doesn't seem to be known is that as we own it we are in charge of the husbandry therefore must look after it ourselves, As you can imagine this is a huge task and up to date Tom Mack and the Scouts have done most of the work.

Unfortunately it is now beginning to get beyond them. There is so much to do that we would like to form a sub-group that would be totally responsible for motivating people to help in the wood and source help and equipment as necessary.

Anyone interested in this enterprise please contact: Les Sharp on 763549 or leslsharp@btinternet.com

June 2009

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