Sutherland Grange “Wild Windsor” planting project site visit on Tuesday 11th January @ 10:00am — please join us!

Susy Shearer, who wears many community hats, is leading on “Wild Windsor”. She pinged out the email below to a number of residents and I said I would share to see if others would like to join us…

Happy new year, friends and neighbours!

We hope that you and your families are safe and well and have enjoyed a lovely and relaxing holiday time.

Thank you so much for your continuing interest in “Wild Windsor” and your deeply appreciated patience during the months since our bat surveys and water testing sessions during the summer. It’s been an extremely busy interim period focusing on a number of wider community, environment and biodiversity issues as well as cycling and walking matters — which it will also be really great to discuss together.

After a lengthy wait, at long last we’re able to consider and begin preparations for Wild Windsor’s activities in 2022. The first of these will be a valuable opportunity to learn about and engage with one of our most important open spaces in the town, Sutherland Grange, Dedworth, on the Maidenhead Road across from Sawyers Close.

https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-open-spaces/sutherland-grange

This is a site which has been enjoyed and nurtured by its surrounding community and which contains significant natural habitats and biodiversity species as well as open space for informal recreation, including dog-walking, and with links to local heritage stretching back to the Anglo-Saxon period and earlier.

RBWM’s Countryside Manager, Jason Mills, has been working with local residents to improve and manage the natural environment at Sutherland Grange. As part of this wider and longer term project, Jason is helping us create on a modest informal planting scheme (whips of 5 x tree species) to enhance biodiversity as well as the visual and spatial qualities of the site’s green and blue infrastructure.

I have attached a site map kindly provided by Jason for information and reference. (I used it as main image).

Jason has kindly offered to join as many of us who are available on site next week on Tuesday 11th January 2022 from 10:00am until 12noon. I’m sorry this is such short notice and takes place at a time when individuals may be at work, however Jason has also indicated he would like to meet with us on site again in May to see how the new planting is coming along.

The whips are expected to be delivered later in January and I’d like to set provisional planting dates for Saturday and Sunday 29th-30th January, times TBC. Further details will be circulated after Tuesday’s site visit.

If at all possible, please could you kindly let me know if you’ll be able to join us on Tuesday, with many thanks in advance — we hope to see you then! If you’d like any further information in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

With best wishes,

Susy

Lead, Wild Windsor

shearersj@btinternet.com

(01753) 861506

(07530) 974455

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