Archive for May, 2012

Seed gathering

 Have you noticed all the changes happening on and around plants recently in your garden or local park/wood recently?  Lots of pollen is blowing in the breeze (which is very annoying if you have hayfever!) and seeds are popping out on trees and plants all over the place.  The Friends of Millwood are organising a seed collection day in conjunction with the Wildlife Trust and Treedom and the more collectors the better, so please come and join us!  We will be going for a walk to gather as many different types of seeds as we can on Tues 12th June, meeting at 10am at the green gate on Alderfield Drive.  Then we will be going to our new community centre, Noah’s Ark on Ganworth Road, to examine the seeds and pot them up, from 12pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along for the walk or the seed sorting at the centre.  In the longer term we hope these seeds can be transplanted out in to a nursery area at the centre and years down the line we will transplant them out in to the woods.  Now this process obviously happens naturally but we want to offer the opportunity for local people to learn about and enjoy their local woods and help nature in areas where humans haven’t necessarily helped them (for example by pulling new saplings up, or driving over them in 4x4s).

Please dress suitably for a morning out in the woods – suncream if the weather’s like this, or boots & coat if it gets a bit wet again.  Gloves will be provided and refreshments in the centre after our walk.  If you’ve never been to Millwood before, this is the activity for you!

Friends in Millwood Natural Choices

We have been lucky to gain funding for our new project, Friends in Millwood, from Liverpool PCT and the Mersey Forest.  This has enabled the group to organise woodland activity sessions and community events in our woods and we hope these new activities will encourage more local people to come and join us and enjoy the wonderful woods.  We are working with the Wildlife Trust and a new community organisation called Treedom and are offering you opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends.  Our next session is on Tuesday May 8th, meeting at 10.30am at the green gate entrance to Millwood, opposite the Margaret Thompson medical centre. We will be learning how to manage bracken plants.  Please visit our new page Events to get all the extra information about what we will be doing over the next few months.  We hope to see you down in the woods with us soon!