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Spring Newsletter - catch up on what is happening down in the woods.

April 14, 2018

Our Newsletter is published in the Spring and Autumn to keep our supporters up to date with developments. If you use the woods regularly, or you just appreciate what we are trying to do please become a supporter - just £20 a year and you can  feel part of it!

Opening of Lincs Road Victims Memorial

April 20, 2018

Lady Sarah McCorquodale will be official opening the memorial on Saturday. As there are a significant number of invited guests there will be some disruption to traffic and parking. Five House lane will be one-way from West End Road to Fen Road from 10.00am  - 6.00pm and access to that carpark may be restricted at times. 

Hammond Beck Road  and West End Road car parks and the woods and country park will be open, although they may be busy especially from 2.30 - 4.00pm.

Chipping the Brash

March 23, 2018

Big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who turned out to help with chipping all the pruning's from the trees and the really tough job of clearing the blackthorn. 

If you would like to get involved, either regularly or on an occasional basis do get in touch. We work on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and have a meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 9.00am at the Fisherman's Rest, Five House lane if you would like to find out more.

Lime Avenue planting

November 23, 2017

The Lime Avenue has been sponsored as The Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial. They have recently reseeded the area and we would appreciate every ones cooperation in allowing the seed to germinate and the bulbs to grow.

Boston Tree Party 2017

November 26, 2017

This year will see a change for the volunteers who love to help at the Boston Tree Party every year.

Instead of tree planting we will be pruning at Beech Wood. Looking after the existing trees is just as important as planting young trees - many of you will have seen the difference the pruning made last year. This year we hope to finish the major work on the established Beech Wood so it will be in good condition to carry on maturing.

Meet at the Green Burial car park on Fenside Road 9.00am - 1.00pm.

Open meeting with Chris Reynolds of Forestry Commission

October 19, 2017

We were treated to an interesting talk by Chris Reynolds of the Forestry Commission on the conservation work being done on endangered species of trees. Chris has obviously enjoyed his travels in America as well as China and Vietnam sharing his knowledge of the best ways to protect existing forests but also to preserve seeds of potentially endangered species.

Whilst discussing the work of Boston Woods Trust he commented that ours was the best such new woodland he has seen in his visits around the country advising on planting and management -  praise indeed!

Lincs Co-Op Community Champions

September 24, 2017

Thank's to the Lincs Co-Op and their customers we now have funds to make some improvements in Grange Wood. A lot of clearing to be done this autumn and winter before the new balancing equipment for younger children can be installed in the spring.

Lime Avenue, sponsored by the Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial

September 17, 2017

Work has started on the Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial. The all-weather path will be laid along the Lime Avenue, thanks to a Lottery grant and James Sutton will be enhancing a memorial stone to be placed at the "roundabout". In due course a shelter will be built at the end of the spur path - Anne Bourne and the Louise and Sarah Memorial fund  are still fundraising if you can help in any way.

Improvements at Westgate Wood

July 23, 2017

Work has started on improvements to the car park at Five House Lane and will soon commence on the Lime Avenue. Whilst we will try to minimise the inconvenience to our visitors for your own safety please take extra care and follow any advice or instructions form the contractors..

What should be done to improve Grange Wood????

June 21, 2017

We want to make improvements to Grange Wood. The Lincolnshire Co-Op are raising funds for us through their Community Champions scheme and you can help us decide what should be prioritised.

Please take this short survey to give us your opinions. Thank you

Great fun in Beech Woods this weekend

June 03, 2017

A big thank you to everyone who has helped make this weekend such a success. From Knights to the Bear and  Willow Weaving to Birds of Prey with music and activities for children and food to share on Sunday.

Special thanks to Tiggs Keywood-Wainright who instigated the event with funds from Lincolnshire Count Council, to Tesco Bags of Help for their sponsorship this year and to all the local companies who donated raffle prizes.

Don't miss the raffle!

June 03, 2017

The Boston Woods Trust

THANK

All the local businesses that donated raffle prizes;

 

S.T. Hopper Ltd………………Jennifer Lopez collection by Endless, leather 

                                 bracelet with leaf charm and jewellery stand.

Oldrids……………………………………………………..Chanel Luxury Hamper

Sills & Betteridge……………………………………………………Luxury Hamper

The Private Dental Care…………………………………… Electric Toothbrush

Boston Bowl…………………………………..1 hour bowling for up to 6 people

Elwood, Briggs & Turner Vets…………………...Annual Booster Vaccination

 for dog, cat or rabbit

Good Barns Yard……………………………………………………£20.00 voucher

Nevitas Hair & Beauty……………………………………………£20.00 voucher

Tesco……………………………………………………………..…..£20.00 voucher

Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex…………………………3 Family Swim passes

Oasis for Hair……………………………………………………….£15.00 voucher

Dunhams Family Butcher……………………………………….£10.00 voucher

Waterstones………………………………………………………………5 X 2 Books

The Boston Woods Trust invites you to FREE FAMILY FUN DAYS Saturday & Sunday 3rd-4th June 10am-4pm

June 02, 2017

This is to be held in Beech Wood, Fenside Road, PE21 8LA.

Where the Knights of Skirbeck will be presenting “The Boston Medieval Pageant”. One of the Knights will also be demonstrating blacksmithing and alchemy.

Throughout the weekend there will also be a free Treasure Hunt based on art work from local schools; children’s activities; hog roast; music and entertainment; tombola and plant stall.   There will be stalls from RSPB, Hanse, Boston More in Common and Scouts. The Boston Woods Trust would like to thank local businesses for their support in providing great prizes for the raffle.

On Saturday 3rd June there will be a minstrel and storytelling tent.

On Sunday 4th  June the opportunity to see birds of prey and  watch and have a go at willow weaving.

Also on the Sunday everyone is welcome to

“The Big Lunch” from 12.00 mid-day.

Bring a plate of food to share as a contribution to our shared table or a picnic and join in our communal lunch. Please bring chairs or rugs.

The Boston Woods Trust would like to thank Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme for sponsoring this event.

Boston Woods Free Family Fun

April 28, 2017

Every one is invited to our Free Family Fun days to be held in Beech Wood over the weekend of 3rd & 4th June 2017. We will welcome visitors from 10.00am - 4.00pm on both days. Everyone is invited to the Big Lunch on the Sundays - bring a picnic or food for the shared table.

Finishing touches to the casual paths

April 27, 2017

Our sterling volunteers have made a brilliant job of finishing off the two small paths leading from the central path in Westgate Wood. These stone paths help provide more interesting walks through the woods, especially when the undergrowth start to grow up in the spring and summer.

Help to establish the native British bluebell in Boston Woods

April 02, 2017

Please DO NOT plant garden bluebells in Boston Woods. The Boston Woods Trust is working to establish native British bluebells in their woods. Over the last 50 years the native British bluebell has come under threat by the more vigorous Spanish bluebell that has escaped from gardens. The Spanish bluebells have hybridised with the native bluebells and even experts can find it difficult to tell the difference between some hybrids and the native bluebell. Thousands of native bluebell seeds were cast in Westgate Wood and Beech Wood and should soon be mature enough to start flowering.  Please help ensure that we are successful and will eventually have a carpet of native bluebells for all to enjoy every spring.

“Tree Thieves” strike again …..

March 22, 2017

The Boston Woods Trust volunteers have been disheartened to find a ten year old oak tree, that was part of an avenue of oak trees in The Sir Joseph Banks Park, has been illegally felled.  This tree was planted at the initial planting of the park and had been tended by the Boston Woods Trust volunteers, who freely give up over 4,000hrs a year of their time to the routine management of the woods and parkland established by The Boston Woods Trust, a local charity. Oak trees are expected to live around 600 years and over that time provide shelter and food to a wide range of wildlife as well enjoyment for many people. A spokesman for the volunteers said;

“It is frustrating and upsetting that someone should do this. Over the last year a number of trees have been felled illegally and we appeal to people to stop doing this and start appreciating the woods and parkland that would not be here if not for the work and support of the local community working with the Boston Woods Trust”

See us in the Market Place

April 06, 2017

We will be joining other voluntary organisations in the Market Place on Friday 7th April so do come and say hello and find out more about what will be going on in the woods this summer.

Tesco's Bags of Help

January 03, 2017

Family Fun Days in the Woods

You may recall that for the last three years we have held a free event in Fenside woods  featuring the Knights of Skirbeck. This year, in Beech Wood,  it will be a bigger and better weekend with opportunities to try your hand at different crafts plus music and other demonstrations. We have been offered funding by Tesco - the amount we get and therefore what we can offer depends on your support. So if your shop in Tesco's please use your blue token to support Boston Woods Trust.

Funding for Lime Avenue path

December 22, 2016

I am delighted to report that our bid for Lottery funding towards the Lime Avenue path has been successful.

Work will begin in the spring and It will also facilitate the installation of the Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial.

Thank you for your support.

Boston Tree Party

November 27, 2016

it was a beautiful day to do some work in all our woods on Sunday.  Our thanks to those who came to help - one is never too old or young to get involved.

Rememberance service

November 06, 2016

On Sunday 6th November TRBL Kirton & District Branch assisted Boston Woods Trust in holding a Remembrance service for the men of Wyberton who gave their lives for king and country in the two world wars. The service was attended by members of Wyberton parish council, the Royal Air Force Association and members of the public. The names of the fallen were read out by a wood trust member, the last post and reveille was played by Travis, a young man from Boston Grammar, it was enjoyed by everyone and it gave a true feeling for the service.

Open Meeting

October 19, 2016

This years open meeting will be at the Unitarian Meeting House, Spayne Lane.

7.00pm

Speaker: Christine Reid, Head of Conservation for Woodland Trust

Making our woods more resilient for the future.

News from the Owl Tower

September 15, 2016

Barn owls have taken up residence in the Owl Tower - follow their progress.

Richard's 80th birthday Sky Dive event

September 13, 2016

 

Job Done!

Thanks for sponsoring

Richard's Sky Dive for the Woods

Richard has raised £3000 - thank's to all our generous supporters.

Hidden in plain sight

August 02, 2016

Thank's to the Scouts for the great camoflage job they have done on the new cabin at Beech Wood.  No valuable tools are stored overnight but it provides  a base for the volunteers.

National Citizen Service

August 14, 2016

We are delighted to welcome young people from the National Citizen Service who will be volunteering in the woods this week. You had lovely weather for working in the frsh air. A great job done on cleaning up the seats so they are all fit to sit on - even those right under the trees!

Beech Wood path improvement

July 03, 2016

The newly widened path through the original Beech Wood is now open. Our thanks to LEADER Wash Fens for a generous grant from RDPE.

Do come and visit as this is now a fully accessible 24 acre site, close to the River Witham. 

There is good parking or a footpath down from Sluice Bridge - South side of the river.

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Patrons:  Mr Lawrence Banks CBE;  Dr David Bellamy OBE;   The Right Revd. Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln.

Registered company No. 4282455    Charity No 1090420

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:

Europe investing in rural areas

Grants in 2016 & 2019

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