A call has gone out for all those who enjoy Hockeridge and Pancake Wood near Ashley Green, Hertfordshire, to become more involved in its management. The owner, the Royal Forestry Society (RFS), has organised an open meeting at The Old School in Ashley Green for Thursday 24 July at 7.30pm.
RFS Development Director Simon Lloyd explained: “The woods are managed sustainably for timber and wood products alongside public access and biodiversity, and are much loved and walked by local people.
“As an education charity dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of the economic, environmental and social benefits of trees and woods and how to manage these valuable assets, we are keen to create more opportunities for the local community to get involved in supporting the management of Hockeridge and Pancake Wood and learn more about it. This might involve taking part in guided walks in the wood, undertaking activities such as ride management and coppicing or forming a Friends group. We are looking forward to hearing what activities local people would like us to consider.”
The RFS has owned the woods since they were gifted to the charity by Mary Wellesley in 1986. They were home to a thriving timber industry throughout the 19th and early 20th century, and timber from the woods was even taken for decorations to mark King George VI’s coronation in 1936. As well as a number of specimen trees, the woods include some interesting flora and fauna – including flowers that are indicators of ancient woodlands, and the edible dormouse.
There is no need to book to attend the meeting – just turn up or call The RFS Head Office on 01295 678588 for more information.