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Thornwood Common Nature Area

Event 

Title:
Volunteer day - Thornwood Allotments Nature Reserve, Thornwood
When:
08.11.2012 10.00 h
Where:
Category:
Countrycare Events

Description

Thornwood Allotments Nature Reserve, Thornwood

Today’s task is knocking back the Hawthorn and Blackthorn scrub which is encroaching onto the grassland on the eastern side of the site. We aim to get back to the ditch line which runs along the boundary of the site where there may be a hedgeline.

Meet: 10.00 am, Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood..

Grid Reference: TL 473 046.

 

***Don’t forget we pick up from Loughton Station every Thursday at 9.30 am. All volunteer days start at 10am on site unless otherwise stated. The Countrycare Office telephone is (01992) 788203 and the Countrycare mobile phone number is 07789 372018.  For the very latest up to date information about all our work go to the Countrycare web site www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/countrycare

Venue

Venue:
Thornwood Common Nature Area

Description

Size: 0.24ha   
      
Grid Reference: TL 47183 04822    {phocamaps view=link|id=49|text=Map}

Parish:  North Weald Bassett 
 
Owners:  The land is owned by North Weald Parish Council and managed in partnership with Epping Forest District Council

Access: The site has open access via a kissing gate from the adjacent recreation ground.

Site Description: The site is connected to Thornwood Allotments and Village Hall on the north side and bounded by Thornwood Common recreation ground on the west side. It is an important link in a chain of wildlife sites to the north of Epping Forest in an area of managed amenity land.

There are two distinct halves to the site; firstly an area of unimproved grassland, which was originally set aside for use as allotments, but became redundant, it has been left to establish itself naturally. The result of this is that there are areas of semi-natural grassland species with encroaching scrub around the edges. It was the discovery of bee orchids in 1995 that brought up the idea of the site being managed sensitively.

The second half is an area of secondary woodland with mature trees both broadleaved and ornamental, also with thorn bushes and open glades with wildflowers.

There is a circular path through the small site and a bench for quiet relaxation. 

Rabbit grazing has been instrumental in maintaining the wildflower interest by keeping the turf grazed short but the unpalatable thistles and woody saplings are unable to be controlled by rabbit grazing alone. The Countrycare team has been carrying out grass and bramble cutting on an annual basis to help keep the grassland open.


 

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