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Volunteer Work in Hilbert Local Nature Reserve
Author: Chris Hughes - KHWP Volunteer, Date Published: Thu 29th Nov 2012 Tags: khwp

Wednesday 28th November once again saw Kent High Weald Partnership (KHWP) volunteers at work in Hilbert LNR. A number of tasks were undertaken, including replacing wire mesh on one of the boardwalks, cutting back scrub and light coppicing.

Over time the wire mesh on part of the one of the boardwalks had been worn away and, with the coming of winter, it had become very slippery. Volunteers replaced a 30m section with a heavy duty gauge of wire mesh, which has improved the grip on the boardwalk, particularly on the sloping section.

Volunteers also “scrub bashed” an area along the edge of the woodland, in order to open it up to the sunlight and encourage woodland wildflowers. The scrub that was taken out was added to the existing dead hedge again creating habitat for invertebrates and other wildlife.

There is an ongoing programme of management by the KHWP in the LNR, with further volunteer days already booked for 2013.

Coppicing in Roundabout Woods
Author: Chris Hughes - KHWP Volunteer, Date Published: Tue 20th Nov 2012 Tags: khwp

Wednesday 14th November saw a group of over 30 volunteers join the Kent High Weald Partnership (KHWP) to undertake a day of coppicing in an area of Roundabout Wood in Hilbert LNR.

The volunteers used traditional management techniques in clearing areas of trees and scrub to open them up to more diverse woodland habitat. This allows the trees to re-grow and with repeated coppicing can extend the life of trees by hundreds of years. As the cut wood and scrub cannot be burnt or removed from the site, the volunteers used it to create a dead hedge. This provides a home and food source for numerous wildlife including invertebrates, small mammals, reptiles and birds.

The day was part of the ongoing coppicing programme, with the aim of re-establishing and maintaining the cycle in the woods, so look out for further volunteer days in the near future.

Chris Hughes – FoGH Member and KHWP Volunteer

National Play Day with KHWP
Author: Carolyn T Gray, Date Published: Tue 7th Aug 2012 Tags: khwp

Set up 25 years ago in London to promote play and playgrounds, National Playdays are now well established, with over 850 events held last year across the UK, on the first Wednesday in August.

The event in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park is organised by Kent High Weald Partnership who look after the park woodlands.

This year KHWP asked FoGH if we would like to take part, so we set up a stall to hand out printed hunt-trails around the park, free badges and stickers and newsletters. I had help from a fellow Park-Friend, and local Blue Badge Guide, Catherine, with the hope that between us we could cover the history part of the park. Catherine is also part of a new website, Tunbridge Wells Life; aiming to promote the whole town of Tunbridge Wells, and it's nice to have their photos of the day as well as our own.

The event was well organised, and due to the slightly damp weather, quiet enough for everyone to do everything. There was football, face-painting, arts and crafts, plus lots of woodland activities from KHWP – wand whittling, twig weaving, bow and arrow making, and constructing bee-houses. The event was also supported by the Rotary Club of Tunbridge Wells.

One group of children who came along for the whole day, and seem to have partaken in every activity, were from “Harlequin out of school clubs”, and we hope they enjoyed their visit. Our park is preserved for “recreation” and I think these photos show how important these green spaces are.

Boardwalk extension
Author: Chris Hughes, Date Published: Wed 23rd May 2012 Tags: khwp

Today saw around 20 volunteers from the Kent High Weald Partnership extending two sections of boardwalk in Roundabout Woods.

These new sections span areas of the path that are usually very wet and muddy as they have springs running through them. The work should make it easier for those walking along this section of the path, which follows the stream for much of its way.

The work was funded through a grant from “Tunbridge Wells in Bloom” and overseen by the Kent High Weald Partnership which manages Hilbert Woods LNR.


Chris Hughes – Kent High Weald Partnership Volunteer & FOGH Member

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