We might be entering the quiet time of year in terms of nature’s cycle but there’s still been a lot going on down in the Washpool!

One of the old metal kissing gates has been replaced with a brand new wooden gate that allows our contractors to gain better access to the area surrounding the wildlife ponds. This is the first step in a long-term plan to rejuvenate that part of the site, clay-lining the top pond and creating an events space alongside it.

Later this month, a group of intrepid volunteers will be helping to keep the ancient art of hedge laying alive by learning how to create beautiful natural barriers from a local expert. Expect to see the Washpool’s hedges looking much fuller in the future.

Our final Conservation Day of the year will take place on Sunday 19 November when we’ll be sprucing up the sheep’s shelters, clearing out the top pond and generally putting the site to bed for winter. Many hands make light work, so if you can spare half an hour from 10am onwards then we’d love to say hello!

WARP’s days for 2018 have also been planned:

  • Sunday 21st January
  • Sunday 18th March
  • Sunday 20th May
  • Sunday 15th July
  • Sunday 16th September
  • Sunday 18th November

Finally, the first Friends of Washpool event – a candlelit bonfire with warming refreshments – is due to take place on the evening of Saturday 25 November. Entry is only for Friends and members of the Washpool Committee so if you’d like to join us then please return the following form by Monday 20 November at the latest.

Many thanks from WARP

For more information on WARP check out their Facebook Page.