Anyone who has ventured into Burnside Wood recently will have noticed that that pond was successfully cleared at the end of October thanks to a Community Grant from Stirling Council. It really had become overgrown and it was good to clear the vegetation before the numerous saplings became established. Recent rain means that the level is back to normal having been lowered to facilitate the clearance. We shall just have to wait for winter to pass before everything springs to life in the pond.
With the pond now cleared, we can focus our attention on keeping the paths well drained and clear of encroaching vegetation. Woodland work mornings continue to be held on the first Sunday of the month, but we shall be meeting at the football pitch at the later start time of 11.00 on 3 February and 3 March. We still aim to finish by 13:00 and there will be no formal break for refreshment so that we make best use of the limited time that we are out for. If you are feeling a little sluggish at the start of the year, grab some old clothes and join us in the free green gym; there are tasks for those with little or lots of energy to expend, all tools provided.
Our next meeting will take place in the Cross Keys at 8pm on Thursday 7 February. Please come along if you are interested in influencing our activities for 2019 or just finding out a little more about what we get up to; we would love to see some new faces. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
Secretary, Kippen Community Woodland Group