Archive for January, 2015


We’ve now completed the scheduled works to repair the worst of the problems in the car parks. This work has been funded by a Forestry Commission grant designed to enable and increase public access to woodlands. We will be doing some further work to Walking Bottom car park as soon as the weather starts to warm up. Previous experience has shown that if we lay the surface and before it has a chance to settle then freezes, it tends to break up very quickly. Whilst we were there with the large Digger, Martin Nicholson did a bit of drainage work too, clearing out some ditches around the edges to aid the water run off.

If you’ve noticed the small Noble Fir saplings that were planted in the middle of the disabled access track on Holmbury Hill, these are in memory of Derek Barnet the woodman for Shere Manor Estate who had worked on the Hurtwood for over thirty years.

After finding a nice bit of Oak that came down in the storms of December 2013, after cutting to approximate size it’s been drying out nicely in the old tractor shed in Holmbury. Now its become the replacement bench beside the pond at Walking Bottom after the old Ash bench unfortunately became unstable after being damaged by the forestry contractors. If I say so myself, I think it looks pretty good, enjoy!


Noble Fir sapling


Car park 1


Walking Bottom Car park


Pitch Hill car park


Water run off ditch Pitch Hill


Car park 4


Walking Bottom car park, completed


Walking Bottom Entrance


Drainage ditches Pitch Hill car park


Oak Bench, Walking Bottom, Peaslake


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