Dec 04 2020

Smithills Update 4th Dec

Hello all


We have some new members of the volunteer group this week – welcome to

Joe Holt – joining both the Patrollers group and Wildlife Group

Sue Fielding, Dawn Axon, Gillian Marsh, Babs Winder, Chris Speed, Stephen Tonge, Karen Mather, Dorothy Snelson, Stirling Smith and Linda Smith joining the History Group

Stirling and Linda are also joining the Patrollers group.

And also Ella Standish and Katie Thompson who joined a little while ago and are now joining the Wildlife Group.


Online photography exhibition

Our photographers have been spending time in lockdown putting together an online exhibition, which is now live! You can have a look here

Congrats to Karen, Alan, Liz, Tony and Bev on a fabulous exhibition.


Alex has been podcasting!

Alex was interviewed along with our CEO Darren Moorcroft for the ‘Tree Lady Talks’ podcast – Alex chatted about volunteering at Smithills (and was as always excellent!). Listen here:

Site news

Deer fencing is going up around the new tree plantations on the Estate. The gates are quite big – because the fence needs to be so high – but the gates are always unlocked. Please ensure you close the gates behind you to keep the deer out!

We have wi-fi at Walker Fold car park! If you check on your phone you should see the network pop up J

You will also have noticed the car park machine at Walker Fold – you don’t need to pay to park at the car park, it’s a voluntary donation machine (we have ordered some bigger signs to explain this!)

The overflow car park at Walker Fold is currently closed, awaiting some improvements to the surface (it’s a tad soggy at present) – that should be happening very soon.

Restoration work on the moorland is also due to start soon, and quite excitingly this will involve helicopters! They will be dropping stones and heather brash at points on the moorland – all with the aim of blocking drainage, rewetting the moor and helping to promote regrowth.

Richard, our tree contractor, is out and about planting trees on the Estate – we haven’t been able to do our public tree planting days but the trees still need to go in the ground so he has sorted that for us! Hopefully we can contribute again next year.


Visitor Guide app

You can have a look at the Woodland Trust Visitor Guide App via Google Play or the App Store – take a look at the Smithills content there, Tony’s history walk has just been added!


Mass Trespass 125

There will be events in Bolton next September to mark the 125th anniversary of the mass trespass on the Estate. A couple of meetings have already taken place with lots of local organisations planning to be involved. Tony has attended these and reported back, and the Woodland Trust definitely has a part to play in the celebrations. We will keep you updated on any opportunities to get involved!


Next meeting dates – Smithills groups

Thanks for your responses about Christmas – the general feeling was that there are already a lot of Christmas zooms happening via the regional volunteer group so our next Smithills meeting will be in January.

  • Wildlife Group – next meeting is Wed 9th December 7pm
  • Patrollers – next meeting is 14th January 7pm
  • History Group – next meeting is Thur 7th January 7pm
  • Full volunteer group meeting Thur 21st January 7pm


Regional Christmas events

End of Year Gathering – 6pm – 8pm, 14th Dec 2020

There is still time to book your place for this, please email me so we know to expect you.  We will be joined by Al Crosby, our North England Regional Director, with a celebration of our achievements in 2020 and looking ahead to 2021, followed by a talk on ‘The Myths and Folklore of Trees’, kindly delivered by volunteer speaker Derek Utley It would be fantastic to see you there, zoom details are below:


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 998 6661 9951

Passcode: 391225


Christmas Quiz

Calling all you quiz lovers! As part of our end of year celebrations we will be holding a North England Christmas virtual quiz , taking place on 16th December 2020 at 7pm. So, equip yourself with a mince pie or two and a glass of whatever you fancy and join us for some end of year fun, everyone (including other family members) welcome! Details below, as always, please let me know if you can make it so we know who to expect:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 944 0030 8696
Passcode: 435757


Hope everyone is keeping well – it has just started snowing where I am, winter is truly here!


Vicky Entwistle, Engaging Communities Officer, Smithills

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