The weather is looking good for Saturday, and we we will finish tidying the pond by the Village Hall car park. It was lovely to have three new people join our working party earlier this month. Two of us actually went into the pond (yes, the LEAP waders are still very waterproof) but on Saturday we will be mainly taking the clippings, and all we heaved out of the pond, to the compost heap.
We will meet at the pond at 10am on 2nd December, and finish at mid-day. We will need wheelbarrows again, if possible. Garden forks and shears would be useful too although we have some spare.
For a trial period in the New Year we are going to change the LEAP working parties to the second Saturday of the month – some people at the Carnival mentioned it was better for them, and those I have spoken to at the working parties said it was not an issue for them.
The weather for this Saturday is looking much better than last week! As a reminder we are planning to go into the pond by the Village Hall car park. We hope that a few of us can don the waders to pull out as much growth as possible from one end of the pond. There’s plenty of work needed on the sides of the pond for the rest of us.
We’ll meet at 10am on Saturday (11th November) at the Village Hall car park. We’ll finish at 12 and have a break at around 11 for coffee and biscuits. It doesn’t look like it will be raining, but please wear wellies for the mud. If you have a wheelbarrow please bring it to help move the clippings.
Some amazing work was done last month – the Yard Farm to Westland Farm footpath, FP435 is now completely cleared! Here are some the happy crew at the end of the overgrown path.
This Saturday we are planning to go into the pond by the Village Hall car park. The weather is not looking promising, so I may have to cancel it at the last minute – please look out for an email from us in the morning.
We hope that a few of us can don the waders (and they are still waterproof) to pull out as much growth as possible from one end of the pond. We’ll leave most of the pond untouched for the wildlife. There’s plenty of work needed on the sides of the pond for the rest of us.
We’ll meet at 10am on Saturday (4th November) at the Village Hall car park. We’ll finish at 12 and have a break at around 11 for coffee and biscuits. Please wear waterproofs for the weather and wellies for the mud. If you have a wheelbarrow please bring it to help move the clippings.
From 10am on Saturday (7th October) we will be clearing the little-used, but very nice footpath from Yard Farm to Westland Farm, FP435. It has some new trees growing along it, but is very overgrown.
If you’d like to come please find your own way there or meet at the letter box at Williams Place on The Street before 10 o’clock and we will walk together. It will take about 10 minutes to get there, perhaps a little longer with a full wheelbarrow!
We have some equipment for clearing paths (loppers, shears and secateurs) but please bring your own if you prefer. Alice and I will bring coffee and biscuits for a break. We should finish as usual by midday.
Richard and I attended an outdoor First Aid course earlier this week. Unfortunately I couldn’t go to the second day but Richard did. We can thank the Surrey Climate Commission for covering the cost.
It was a soggy wet day – but it didn’t stop us from enjoying the Ewhurst Carnival. I have a picture of having set up up our Gazebo, if you have any more pictures please reply to this blog.
Thanks especially to James who organised the recycling. An enormous amount of work, but a very good result. Harriet was pleased that they didn’t have to deal with rubbish as well as everything else, and is very grateful, so a winner all round.
Richard attracted a lot of people with wildflowers and Alice caught some new LEAP subscribers.
It’s Ewhurst Carnival time! This Saturday the LEAP gazebo will be there at the rec., so come and join in. We are hoping you can help encourage more people to join LEAP. We will have Summer wildflowers on display and some pictures of the things we all get up to.
LEAP is organising recycling for the carnival; any help with this would also be appreciated.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, All the best, Eddie
We had a lovely time wandering around some of the footpaths earlier this month. We need to organise a footpath marker working party soon! It is now well into summer, so we can start clearing footpaths again. Unfortunately I cannot help with the next working party, on Saturday. Alice will be there and show you the two paths that need some work. They are the paths FP512 and FP363 from Wykehurst Lane to Coneyhurst Lane.
Alice will will be the South end of FP512 at 10am on Saturday (1st July). See the map above for the location. She will have coffee and biscuits for the break. Please contact us by email beforehand if you need tools (secateurs, shears or loppers) from the club hut, or are willing help wheel them to the meeting place.
We had a great time planting trees, and litter picking, earlier this month. Thanks to all who came. We were planning ‘balsam bash’ (pulling out invasive Himalayan Balsam) for June, but the balsams have not grown yet!
Instead, on Saturday morning (3rd June, 10-12am) we will be doing a footpath-marker survey. We will go around the public footpaths and bridleways checking where markers are missing or need replacing. I’ll have copies of maps and pencils for you. The footpaths are all very dry, but sturdy footwear is recommended. Maybe we will be replacing the markers for the next working party.
Please meet up at the Village Hall car park at 10am, and at midday we’ll gather again to compare notes and have coffee and biscuits.
The weather looks promising so please come and join us!
Ewhurst LEAP is part of #TheBigHelpOut on the coronation bank holiday! As usual, everybody is welcome. Instead of our usual Saturday morning working party you have a choice of tree planting or litter picking events on Monday morning.
For those who prefer tree planting, we will be planting trees around Ewhurst recreation ground. If enough people turn up we can also fill gaps in the hedge at the Village Hall car park. Please bring spades, and wear wellies if wet!
If you prefer litter picking, we will be removing litter from as much as possible of the Ockley Road just outside Ewhurst. We will supply litter pickers, sacks, sack holders and high-viz vests. Note because it is a main road, children cannot join in with this (but they can plant trees).
For both events please meet at the Village Hall car park at 10am on Monday 8th May. We will finish at midday with coffee, squash and biscuits on the rec.
The footpath FP428 (going North from Ockley Road along Cobbler’s Brook) is looking much better. Thank you to those who helped, especially James and Richard for organising the last few months. It will be April soon, and we cannot easily clear any footpaths without disturbing nesting birds. So we’ll be doing something else…
On 1st April, next Saturday morning at 10am, we will be litter picking on the roads around the village. Please meet at the car park opposite the village hall, where I will have bags, litter pickers and high viz tabards for all of you. We’ll finish at midday, meeting back at the car park to return the equipment.
The village itself and local public footpaths are kept remarkably clean. But not the roads. Those that most need work are the Cranleigh Road, Horsham Lane, Shere Road and Ockley Road. If enough people turn up we could do Somersbury Lane too.
Please only litter pick along the busy roads if you feel confident to do so. If any children join us I suggest they do the rec and cemetery grounds.
We have just received some good news: as well as the regular contribution to our funds from the Parish Council, we have been awarded £400 from the Surrey Climate commission! We will use the extra money for outdoor First Aid training.
Richard Essex, Chairperson of the Surrey Climate Commission, said “Communities play a vital part in tackling the challenge of climate change. Through the small grant fund for sustainability, Surrey County Council and the Surrey Climate Commission are delighted to be helping groups across the county accelerate their excellent work for the environment.”