Woodland volunteers meet for the first time
Woodland Trust volunteers meet Friends of Maybush Copse
Volunteers from the Woodland Trust and the Friends of Maybush Copse met for the first time earlier this year and they also met a very special youngster who lives next to Maybush Copse and really loves it. The copse is a Woodland Trust case study as we funded and supplied 4,000 native trees for this successful community woodland creation project.
It was a mixed waste disposal site in the 1960s and became a caravan site before being left derelict for many years. When it was put up for sale, the local community rallied round and raised money towards its purchase. Chichester Harbour Trust, a local charity helped the community to purchase the site and it is now leased to Chichester Harbour Conservancy and managed for conservation.
The trees were planted in 2011 and the copse is now an established woodland. Nicky Horter from Chichester Harbour Trust said, “The community woodland at Maybush Copse has provided a fantastic opportunity for us to work with the Woodland Trust, combining resources and expertise to plant over 4,000 trees. We very much hope to join forces again in the future when the opportunity arises.” The copse is very popular with local residents and is home to plenty of wildlife. An on-site camera has captured owls and kestrels, and slow worms live under suitably placed corrugated iron sheets. Local beekeeper, Colin Falla has several hives there, producing plenty of honey which is sold to local people. Wild flowers include bee and pyramidal orchids.
The Friends of Maybush Copse meet regularly to look after the copse but they hadn’t met any volunteers from the Woodland Trust so this day was very special and long overdue! We made the most of our time together with a Tree ID session, led by one of our Site Managers, Phil Truluck. Phil looks after 21 woods in Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight and he was Tree Officer for Guildford Borough Council before joining the Trust. Sadly, he found ash dieback on site and advised that these trees were cut down to save the healthy ash trees on site.
It was a great day and we now have a much better link to the copse and the volunteers that look after it.