Each year we now produce an 'Annual Review' for Friends and Members, which incorporates a summary of our formal Year-end Report, plus what we hope are some interesting highlights of the year in question.
The previous few Annual Reviews can be downloaded here:
Members and Friends are sent these annual reviews as soon as they are produced each summer, and have an opportunity to attend our AGM each October and raise any issues.
Woodland Thinning: January 2017
Upper Memorial Wood
About a third of the trees in Upper Memorial Wood will shortly be felled as part of the on-going thinning operation that has already been completed in four of the Trust’s Woods.
Why are we Thinning?
When the woods were planted a quarter of a century ago there was a profitable market for poles for use in coal mines and other industries. Unfortunately the market for these subsequently collapsed and as a consequence we are having to reduce the intense competition between the closely planted trees by thinning and removing those damaged and poorly developed.
This will create vibrant understoreys to give rich woodland habitats for birds, insects and small mammals as well as the opportunity to develop woodland walks.
While the trees are being felled please do not walk in the wood and if you have a dog please put it on-lead when you are near the wood.
Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:
In 2011 the re-designed website was launched, and so the decision was taken to stop producing these Newsletters, and instead to use this website as the main means of communication for news and articles of interest.
This move away from a regular Newsletter meant that more of the Members' and Friends' subscriptions could be spent directly on the costs of upkeep and husbandry on the Down.