South West Chilterns Rangers Young People Conservation LAF project 2018/19
Three of the sites were new to Chiltern Rangers and to volunteers working on them for the benefit of people and wildlife. Furthermore Chiltern Rangers had not worked at Munces Wood for some time.
We worked on a variety of habitats including rare chalk grassland, woodland and built up areas. Volunteers carried out a wide variety of tasks in line with the management that these habitats needed.
October 2018 Holy Trinity Marlow CE School Year 4 Junior Ranger Day Scallop Making Day at the Woodland Trust’s Munces Wood
October 2018 Bucks Young Carers Half Term Junior Rangers at BBOWT’s Hog and Hollowhill Wood
December 2018 West Wycombe School Walled Garden and Allotment Areas Development Launch Junior Ranger Day
Thank you for a little extra funding that enabled us to deliver an enhanced session with the school who approached us in mid-November. The school has no school field and their students have only had a tarmac playground to play and learn in outdoors up to now. Chiltern Rangers were able to design and plan two unused wild areas of the school with a view to making them accessible to students and attractive habitat for wildlife.
LAF funding enabled us to start the process of restoring these areas.
We spent a day working with their Year 5 and 4 students helping us to cut, rake and coppice the allotment/coppice/orchard area and to develop their walled garden cutting, raking, building a composting heap system, planting 50 conservation hedgerow saplings, making a mini log meeting circle and clearing out 10 bags of rubbish.
We made a great start with lots more to be done in the future as funding allows. See the before and after images below.