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15 2017

By Sally Schupke

A huge effort by our volunteers today in planting a very long hedge to mark the park's boundary on the Bramley side. Mike was very chuffed with all the hard work by our Mid Week Working Party.

We have now planted some 2500 saplings, so far, which has created over 700 metres of new hedge which is in " double rows ". Much better for nesting birds and wildlife in general.

Some of the trees and plants are :

Hazel, Field Maple, Blackthorn, Wayfarer Tree, Spindle, Yew, Black Poplar, White Poplar, Rowan, Crab Apple, Service Tree, Honeysuckle, Hornbeam, Whitebeam, Willow (Osier), Guelder Rose, Wild Garlic, Cowslips.

We were also delighted to see that our local frogs and toads are on the move getting ready to start breeding.


2 2017

By Sally Schupke

I blame the publicity department: no sooner have you put up a new poster then they come along and give you another one. This week we walked the bounds in the pouring rain, noticing for the first time that the ivy on the footbridge is growing nicely (so beneficial to bees and birds) and is beginning to outgrow its posts. The rabbits have eaten most, but a “Golden Heart” is growing steadily – so they obviously don’t like the flavour of that one. The water level in Cranleigh Waters was well up, and the flow quite strong. Will we get some flooding this year?


25 2016

By Sally Schupke

It was a busy day in Hunt Park for the regular members of the team. During the morning we set off for the Osier bed in the park with the intention of extending it to allow for a further row of willows. The photo shows 2 members of the team reinstating the plastic mesh to protect the new plants from deer, and then chicken wire - not to ward off chickens (a species we have yet to see in Hunt Park) but the pesky rabbits. Late morning it was back to the compound to continue clearance work ready for the hoarding to be removed and the site returned to its original state. We stopped for a quick refreshment break - well two actually. The first was a small amount of mulled wine, and then later on tea and shortbread biscuits.


8 2016

By Sally Schupke

The Trust owns two working platforms at Gun's Mouth Island and each year (before winter sets in and the flooding along the River Wey) the Hunt Park team need to pump out the bilges. The first platform was completed the other week, and a bit of a tidy-up around the landing stage on Gun's Mouth in readiness for a visit from Simon Jones Associates to do a tree survey. Last week's icy weather made it too dangerous for us to venture out in the workboat to pump out the other one, so we tidied up the viewing platform instead.

But this week we were on track to finish this seasonal chore and we launched the boat, donned life jackets, collected the paddles, heaved the pump into the boat and set off for the island. When we got to the platform we found it very low in the water and in danger of sinking. With his usual lightness of foot, Mike stepped onto the platform, lifted out the pump and unwound the hoses..... only to find that "someone" had left the essential handle back at the stores. It took us all morning to complete the job and it was only the thought of a nice cup of tea that kept us going.

Next weekend we welcome back our friends WRG Forestry for more tree work along the railway track in Bramley towards Tannery roving bridge and we hope that they will be able to remove the fallen tree in Cranleigh Waters in the park.

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