Current work / Management
This is an extract from the Wardens report for December 2016:
For various reasons, we have struggled to complete our scheduled work in the past couple of months. At the time of writing, there were still a number of items outstanding but I hope this work will now be quickly carried out. The most significant issues remaining are the installation of the height barrier at Fir Tree car park, the filling of the drainage ditch at Major York's and the repair to Bracken Cottage Pond.
The main clearance of the Commons is now complete.
It is pleasing to report that at nearby Bulls Hollow, members of the local mountaineering club have carried out a work party, clearing scrub and bramble from the cliff edges as well as the faces of the outcrop. This is work that is beyond our volunteers requiring, as it does, specialist equipment and techniques.
Our volunteers, meanwhile, have been very active at Mount Edgcumbe Rocks carrying out similar work, although in a somewhat less dangerous environment. They have also removed a lot of grass and earth from the top of the outcrop to re-expose more of the rock.
We have already carried out remedial work on a number of trees and removed others from the Common's roads.
On Rusthall Common we have installed anti-parking posts at Lower Green Road. We have used old granite kerbstones that were unused at various sites. Damage to the verges in this area is quite severe but at least this action will prevent further erosion.
The Coming Season
Most of our tree work will take place over the first few months of next year when the leaves are all off. There is remedial work planned to stabilise the three large boundary oaks adjacent to Hungershall Park, as well as to the nearby group of beech trees at the newly acquired area of land. The hedge dividing this area from the Common will also be removed.
However, the main clearance for this year will take place on the racecourse where we will be scalloping the woodland edges, initially between Major York's Road and Hungershall Park. The work will mostly be carried out on the north side of the racecourse to maximise wildlife value of the clearance. This work will be mainly funded through the Section 106 money from the hospital site development.
The clearance of Happy Valley will take place as planned in the second half of the Winter. There will also be a clearance of the Denny Bottom site at the same time, concentrating on the main rock formation.
The most significant issues remaining are the installation of the height barrier at Fir Tree car park, the filling of the drainage ditch at Major York's and the repair to Bracken Cottage Pond.
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Although all the work requiring specialists or equipment is done by professionals, the Conservators rely heavily on the goodwill of volunteers to do much of the clearing through the autumn, winter and spring. These voluntary work parties are organised by the Friends of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons, and meet on the first Saturday of the month from October to March at 10.00, usually at the Fir Tree Road car park. Everyone is very welcome, however little or much you can do. If you do plan to join, please let us know so that we can confirm where we are meeting.
These are the dates for the coming winter:
1 October 2016
November (to be confirmed)
3 December 2016
7 January 2017
4 February 2017
4 March 2017
If you haven't helped before and would like further information, please contact the Warden at the office on 01892 554250 or by email at email@example.com. Alternatively, pay a visit to the Friends website. You can join the Friends using their membership page.
Page last updated: 14/02/2017