Today started bright with a clear blue sky hot enough for sun cream! 11 volunteers appeared at Tongham Wood to help remove bramble from a hazel plantation containing over 500 plants. At the same time SSE tree surgeons continued to clear trees from under the pylons nearby.
The volunteers spotted goldfinches and robins in the woodland, with a brimstone and red admiral butterfly (very late in the year for them) flying up and down the old railway track ride.
This is a piece of our local history as munitions were stored in sidings. A spy up on the Hogs back saw this and sent the bombers in. The guards men on duty managed to move the trucks, whilestbeing bombed, and saved the village. Both were awarded the George cross and the spy was later captured. To read more go to :-
By lunchtime we had all but finished our task and as the sky blackened, turning to heavy rain, we decided it was time to go home.
To find out more about Tongham wood please visit web site :- www.tonghamwood.org.uk