Emsworth wooded area given boost by green-fingered volunteers

A WOODED area in Emsworth has been given a helping hand by a group of green-fingered volunteers.

Fourteen members of the Friends of Nore Barn Woods spent several hours planting English bluebell bulbs in Nore Barn Woods.

The idea is to encourage the regrowth of the native spring flowers in one or two of the shady clearings.

The 1,500 bulbs planted by the FONBW were paid for by the Tree Council, supported by the local tree wardens.

Chairman Bruce Darby led the group, which also spent time strimming nettles and clearing out a field drainage ditch ready for the autumn rain.

Some work was carried out on the central path, cutting back brambles.

The group meets once month on a Saturday morning as a working party to maintain the woods, and is always open to new members.

The group will monitor the progress of the flowers over the next few years.

An issue being pursued by the community group is strengthening the harbour shore of Nore Barn Woods where high tides are threatening to undermine some of the oak trees and other parts of the woods.

Such work is expensive and the group is in talks with Havant Borough Council, which owns the woods.

The plan is to work together on some remedial action as soon as possible.

The FONBW is a voluntary community organisation.

Members usually live locally and undertake to help with work parties in maintaining the character of Nore Barn Woods.

In the past few years the Friends of Nore Barn Woods have created open glades, planted more than 300 tree and hedge saplings, encouraged Havant Borough Council to improve the paths and raised grants of more than £14,000 for resurfacing the Wayfarers Walk.

Any future members can find more information on the Nore Barn Woods website.