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Henley New Forest

September 2014

Dear All,
You will recall that Sue Ryder and Henley in Transition planned a small tidy- up and picnic at our joint woodland at Tilebarn, on Wednesday 28th May. This was cancelled at short notice due to rain. This event has been rearanged for Wednesday 17th September 2014 10am to 1.00pm.
Moira Logie, Regional Fundraiser at Sue Ryder, is now minding their woodland, and has managed to enlist a team of strapping young corportate volunteers who are coming armed for a day's work wearing their Corporate and Social Responsibility hats which is a wonderful help to us.
Please join us with your thermos and sandwiches.
Sensible footwear, gloves ideally gauntlets, a fork and protection from wet and warm would be good. We have some strimmer support for grass, and we will be pulling nettles by hand so that they disappear of their own accord after two to three pulls. Strimming nettles makes them stronger.
Please join us and have some fun! ( with professional guidance from our woodland management expert Andrew Hawkins, for those of us less expert enthusiasts,

November 2012
First aniversary of Henley New Forest

Dear All,

It is exactly one year since we planted 240 trees to start our Henley Forest project on one acre at Tilebarn Wood, Fourty Acre Field, Henley, thanks to Henley Town Council's generous lease with a peppercorn rent. See map below. You will recall that we have our plot alongside another one acre plot, leased by Sue Ryder (Hospice), who are planting a wood of memorial trees. Henley in Transition, with help from our friends, have gently tended our baby wood through the year. We have over 330 trees now, including a group of semi mature fruit trees donated to the town by the people of Leichlingen, the home of German apples.

I am writing to you because on Saturday morning 24th November, between 11.00am and 1.00pm, we plan to plant more trees, and replace some, and pull up rings of grass around new trees where the lush grass is stealing nutrition from the trees. Once again we need help from our friends.

We would love you to come and join us and, under Andrew Hawkins' expert guidance when necessary, pull grass, or plant some more trees, and help us to finish our first acre of new recreational woodland for the people of Henley. We have created an open area for picnics, and are providing lots of edible nut trees and fruit trees to provide ample opportunities for everyone to go scrumping before settling down for a picnic.

Please come and join us. Do bring a trowel / shovel / fork / a tree / flask of tea, and weed or plant a tree or two for the future pleasure of our children and grandchildren.

Best wishes
Malcolm Dodds and Dave McEwen
Henley in Transition

November 2011
Henley in Transition (HiT) start work on the Henley New Forest

Henley Town Council has leased two acres of Forty Acre Field Henley on Thames to Sue Ryder and Henley in Transition. Henley in Transition is using its acre to start establishing its vision - the creation of community woodland to significantly increase the area of local managed public woodland over time. Sue Ryder will use their acre to create a quiet area of new woodland for people to visit for special occasions, including remembering andd celebrating the lives of their loved ones.

On Saturday 26 November over 30 local people gathered at Forty Acre Field near Tilebarn Close, near the Henley College tennis courts. By lunchtime they had planted 224 trees - hazel, ash,oak, cherry, silver birch and fruit trees.Groups represented at this community plant - in included The Henley Lions, The Henley Wildlife Group, Henley in Bloom and Trinity School . Everyone had volunteered to help Henley in Transition (HiT) start work on its new project, the Henley New Forest. HiT also received a free box of trees and shrubs from The Woodland Trust and many donated trees. The Henley Lions also generously contributed £100.

For more photos click HERE

Oct 2010
Planting has begun!

On a bright Autumn day in October 2010, planting began on the long awaited Henley Forest.
Year 5 and 6 pupils from Trinity School planted acorns, walnuts and conkers in a specially prepared seed bed within the school playing field, which the schoolkeeper then protected with netting, to deter squirrels and deer.
The acorns were a gift from Grey's Court enabling The National Trust to liase, via Henley in Transition with schoolchildren in the town.
Hopefully, every school will contribute to the planting of the forest...'from little acorns, mighty oaks will grow'Our vision is to build on and link up areas of existing woodland in and around Henley on as large a scale as we can manage, with the long term aim of creating Henley New Forest flowing around and through the town.

Planting at Trinity Oct 2010

January 2012
The Aim

Henley in Transition's aim is to involve as many local organisations and people as possible, of all ages, in realising this new community project - the creation, over time, of a forest which, by building on existing woodland, creating new woodland and filling gaps between existing woods, will flow around the town and run through the centre of Henley via people’s gardens, roadside verges, and those myriad open places sometimes referred to as SLOAP – space left over after planning

The woodland will be devoted to public use and enjoyment - and will eventually include woodland walks, wildlife corridors, glades, snowdrops, crocuses, seating, and edible fruit and nut trees in abundance. In the long term, we aim to help improve the quality of the air we breathe in Henley,and provide energy for heat and electricity.

How to Plant aTree. Video from the Woodland Trust
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