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Last of the Summer Sunshine?

It’s late September and there’s plenty of evidence

that autumn has now arrived on

Greenstead Slopes and in Ghost Woods…

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Beautiful Bluebells…

I took some photos

on the slopes

and in the woods today,

and here are just a few:

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Tree Planting…

A very big
THANK YOU
to everyone who came along
to help plant the new saplings
which were given to us by
The Woodland Trust.

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Despite the grey weather,
and the fact it was Easter weekend,
it was a great turn-out.
So good to see so many
local people getting involved.

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Another big THANK YOU
to the anonymous donor
who paid for the tree protectors
and canes.

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This little copse is adjacent
to Ghost Wood and will
enhance the local area
by adding some colour,
and it will encourage
birds and wildlife.

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It will also provide
a shady area for families
to enjoy picnics,
while still allowing
plenty of green space
for children to run around on.

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The project has the backing of
Colchester Borough Council
and local Counsellors.

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Exciting News!

get ready

In keeping with the KTGC theme
of providing a legacy for
future generations,
we recently applied to
The Woodland Trust
for some free trees.

We are pleased to announce
we have been granted
a copse pack!

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We will soon receive
the following saplings:
10 Silver Birch
10 Wild Cherry
10 Rowan

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These new trees
will fit in well
with our current species
and will encourage
birds and other wildlife.

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We are due to meet
with Colchester Borough Council
to discuss the exact positioning
which will probably be
adjacent to ghost wood.

As soon as we have
further information
we will let you know…

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Almost 2016…

It appears to be yet another mild winter.

I’m amazed at the number of bulbs we planted recently

that have already started to poke through the soil.

I just hope we don’t now get a cold snap that could damage them.

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There’s plenty of bird activity in Ghost Wood

and the absence of leaves on most of the trees makes it easy

to spot all of the different feathery things

which are creating such a racket above your head.

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The slopes are extremely muddy,

especially at the bottom end as you might expect.

Waterproof footwear is fairly essential for walks there at this time of year.

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Happy New Year.

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Hello Autumn…

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Autumn has well and truly
arrived on Greenstead Slopes.

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While the trees display oranges and reds
there are many other colours
to be found if you look down.

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There’s still plenty of wildlife around
including a few butterflies, ladybirds
and shield bugs.

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Ghost Wood

Although Greenstead consists of a huge council housing estate, those of us who live here are blessed with the opportunity to enjoy wildlife within a 10 minute walk from wherever you are. To the bottom is the large and fabulous Salary Brook Nature Reserve, and at the top is the small but perfectly formed Ghost Wood.

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Historically, Ghost Wood has been inhabited by the dregs of society and been the victim of vandalism and dumping. These groups wrecked the trees and bushes where birds and animals nested, they lit fires that destroyed everything in sight and left piles of dirty needles, cigarette ends, beer cans and broken bottles all over the place. This made the entire area a no-go zone for locals for many years. Without the necessary resources, all that the local council could offer were a few ‘no litter’ signs, when in reality a full-time ranger would have been the ideal solution. However, thanks to a dedicated group of local residents and zone wardens, this once derelict woodland has been transformed into a haven for wildlife, and a beautiful area for wildlife lovers and responsible dog walkers to enjoy.

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Yes, there are still a few areas of litter and dog fouling, but the improvement is marked.

I took a walk to the woods this afternoon, and despite the recent storms and flooding; which has felled trees and made some of the pathways too muddy to use; I was thrilled to see and hear so much nature. Within seconds a grey squirrel raced up a nearby tree trunk and within minutes I spotted another one!

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The glorious sound of all the birds chirping and calling to mates (and potential mates) was almost deafening and I nearly forgot that I was actually standing just a few yards from a row of houses. Along with the larger pigeons, collared doves, magpies and a rather splendid jay, I saw robins, great tits and sparrows. On the ground I saw wild violets.

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I was only in the wood for about ten minutes in total, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and will make regular visits in future so that I can see it throughout the different seasons.

I just hope that the small minority of sofa dumpers, irresponsible dog owners and shrubbery-wreckers don’t get the opportunity to spoil this wonderful space for the rest of us again.

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