Happy 35th Anniversary to our Bramingham Wood volunteers!
We’d like to say a huge congratulations to our Bramingham Wood volunteers and a great big thank you too! The Woodland Trust has been fortunate enough to have had volunteer support at Bramingham ever since it took over the running of the wood in 1985. Bramingham Wood wouldn’t be all that it is today without careful management and we are very grateful to everyone who has volunteered as part of the group throughout the years. It is down to their hard work that the wood is in such great shape, making it a wonderful site for wildlife and a much treasured place for members of the local community.
The volunteers carry out a number of activities, including coppicing, grass cutting in the glade and along the rides, organising litter picks, carrying out maintenance work, reporting wildlife sightings and lots more. Site manager Stephen Reynolds has been working with the group for a couple of year now and meets up with them to talk about the conservation activity highlighted by the management plan. “The group are a fantastic bunch of enthusiastic people who have been a huge help in the woods. They carry out a range of practical work for us and act as our ‘eyes and ears’, reporting antisocial behavior and also positives like interesting wildlife”. Thanks to them for all of their support”.
This marvelous ancient semi-natural woodland is less than three miles from the centre of Luton and surrounded by houses, which makes it an ideal place for members of the local community to come and visit. The wood has a network of winding paths, so it’s an exciting place to explore and at this time of year rare species of fungi can be found. Ponds provide yet another habitat at Bramingham and during late spring the woodland is carpeted in bluebells.
Many thanks to the Bramingham Wood group!
Amanda Brookes: Volunteer development Officer (Central England)
Images by Rod Higginson – Bramingham Wood