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New Tractor.

The new tractor arrived on Friday and within hours was put to work clearing up fly tip on Winterfold and Farley Heath. Sadly I forgot to take any pictures of it before it got muddy!

So fingers crossed, unlike our old tractor, it wont be forever breaking down, leaving me stranded in the middle of the Hurtwood, and consequently we wont be spending a small fortune getting it repaired.


A household clearance dumped at the Roman Temple car park, Farley Heath.


Three large loads of tree surgeons waste dumped in the entrance to car park no.6, on Winterfold.

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So you’re probably wondering what this has got to do with anything on the Hurtwood?

Quite a lot actually, and particularly to the part of the Hurtwood owned by Shere Manor Estate, anyone guessing yet?

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“We apologise for the restricted parking in two of the main car parks at Walking Bottom and the Windmill and also for the damage caused to the surface by the current Forestry operations. Not only does this make parking difficult, particularly at the Windmill for all but 4WD vehicles, it also means that overspill parking at weekends is causing problems in Peaslake Village. While we are responsible for the maintenance of these car parks the forestry operations are outside of our control. We will continue to work with the Landowner to minimise any further damage to these car parks and in the longer term our aim is to ensure that the car parks are returned to good condition and normal capacity as soon as is practically possible”.

Maybe this would be a good time to consider exploring other areas of the Hurtwood? Did you know we have twelve other carparks?

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A couple of things; forestry work has now started on Pitch Hill, so part of Walking Bottom car park will be closed off. This means we’ve lost 20-25 spaces, so please think about using one of the other car parks, and please don’t think about parking in the villages, but f you really need to park in the village, please show consideration for other road users.

The forestry work will  initially be concentrating on the slopes near the cemetery in Peaslake, and this does mean the existing bike trail will probably get damaged, however the Hurtwood trail volunteers have been tasked with building a new better longer trail as soon as the work is finished.

Unfortunately we’ve had to remove a bike trail that has been built without our permission on Holmbury Hill. As we’ve said in the past, we will not allow any more unauthorised trail building on The Hurtwood, please respect the landowners wishes.

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Ash dieback disease

Some further information here on the Forestry Commission website http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara

And a very useful app for mobile phone users to easily identify the disease if you see an Ash tree you suspect of being infected http://ashtag.org/ there’s also a very good video on that site too.

As far as The Hurtwood is concerned, we only have a handful of Ash trees, (they don’t like our soil) but I know a lot of you visit other areas, so please keep an eye out.

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The Woodland Experience

We’ve had a fantastic time over the last two weeks with local children in “Woodland Activity Days” at Holmbury St Mary. I just wanted to say a big thanks to the wonderful staff team that have worked so hard to make this so much fun, So to Michelle, Karin, Tracey, Mike and Cat, “Thank you”.

Feedback from parents has been highly positive, and I’m sure we’ll be running some more days soon, so if you’d like to be kept up to date, please let me know. Anyway, for now, here’s some pics!

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Woodland Fun Days!

With great weather and a great team, let the pictures tell the story.

And we’ve still got places left for next week!!

Book here….


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This has been a long time in the planning, and finally we’re ready to bring you Activity Days for children aged 5 – 11 years during the summer holidays. As a pilot project we’re intially running a total of eight days, with groups of up to 15 children per day, and working with 4 very well trained and experienced staff.

The day is spent entirely outdoors come rain or shine, playing and learning in The Hurtwood at Holmbury St Mary.

We also have a very special offer!

We’re offering a number of places completely free for the 13th 14th 16th & 17th August!!!

First come, first served

Please email me to book your place mark@friendsofthurtwood.co.ukImageImage

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The Pitch Hill car park will be closed from the 10th April 2012 on all weekdays, and only open, with restricted parking, at the weekends.

This is to allow the safe extraction of timber from Pitch Hill, over the next few months.

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The forestry contractors will be finishing work on Holmbury Hill in the next few weeks, and then moving onto Pitch Hill. Rather than continuing with the timber lorries going through Peaslake, they’ll be using Pitch Hill car park for stacking timber and all movements will be from there. So for obvious reasons it will be safer to close the car park completely during those movements which will be weekdays only, with it remaining open at the weekends (albeit with slightly fewer spaces).

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