This March groups of home-taught children have been helping the Wood Wardens with conservation work in our wood.
Each month Neal Holmes Smith, one of the Wood Wardens, takes children in home-taught families on 'nature walks'. When possible this will involve some simple practical conservation work.
This month the children visited Sherrardspark Wood accompanied by their parents.
They came to an area we have recently coppiced and helped to build 'deer baskets'. Wooden stakes are driven into the ground in to surround one or more coppiced stumps. Cuttings from felled trees and holly bushes ('brash') are then woven into and out of the stakes to make a dense enclosure which keeps out any muntjac deer and protects new growth from browsing.
As well as learning about woodland management and helping to maintain Sherrardspark Wood the children (not to mention their parents and the Wood Wardens) had a great time.
We encourage all local schools to visit the woodland. If you would like to know more please get in touch with us; you can do that through the 'contact us' page on this website.