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(pictured right), followed soon after by single- flowered leek and bluebells. Dusky cranesbill and nettle-leaved bellflower should appear later, providing colour into the summer.


Rabbit damage in the wood was fairly light in 2012 but the start of 2013 looks a bit more ominous and we may need to keep coppiced areas fenced a little longer than originally planned. A hazel from which the fencing was removed in autumn 2012 is showing a bit of damage on new growth but so far, the cut ash saplings are taking


Oxlips


the brunt of their attentions and this may prove to be a valuable distraction for the rest of the wood.


Working parties are planned for all seasons of the year and there are usually about six or seven over the twelve months. The winter ones are normally the most intensive, when tree and bush work is carried out. Anyone interested in helping with this work should contact Graham Borgonon on (01763) 260358 or Jim Reid on (01763) 260231. A twelve-month provisional schedule will be issued shortly.


Our next working party is on Sunday 17th February at 10.00am, when we will be undertaking the following tasks:  complete anything left over from the previous session  consider coppicing large hawthorns on the opposite side of the path from the hedge work


 tidy up wood piles and old fallen wood in adjacent sector. We usually meet by the bench and everyone is welcome to join us.


On the last three occasions that I have walked through the body of the wood, checking on plants and nest boxes, I have ended up with dog mess on my boots and I would respectfully remind dog owners of the need to clean up their animal’s mess away from the paths as well as on the paths.


Jim Reid for the Conservation Group committee Photographs by Jim Reid


Editor’s Note: to view more of Jim’s photographs of Melwood, please see www.meldrethhistory.org.uk/melwood


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