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The Charity of Wyggeston’s
Hospital acquired approximately 6 acres of scruffy soggy pasture just south of
Kilby back in 2009, right at the end of the year. The plan - to plant a wood
for the public to enjoy, to mark the 500th year of the Charity rapidly
approaching in 2013.
The next 12 months were spent fencing, ditching, felling, pruning and preparing for planting.
At the start of the next autumn planting season a motley crew of volunteers and trustees, various Lords, Ladies and dignitaries donned their wellies, bent their backs and dug in.
500 trees were planted including field maple, oaks, wytch hazels, common hazel, ash, birch, rowan and a few specials for those of an arboricultural bent to spot. An Avenue of Limes was put in to impress ourselves, even the dreaded crack willow had a role, to dry out the boggiest bits where we worried about roots.
The wood opened, in the Spring of 2013 with much ceremony. Over the next 10 years, friends, trustees, rotarians, family, even reformed villains, all got roped in by Andrew or Duncan Lucas to help, prune, stake, mow, wade, film, photograph and dig!
I know over the years volunteers, at the wood, have been thanked many times; in person, online, by correspondence, by handshakes, by chilli and even by sausage and bacon cobs!
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Located on the A5199 Welford Road, between Foston Rd and Arnesby, The entrance location ///crew.broad.branch. SEE DETAILS BELOW...more
.The club continues to undertake a varied and active involvement with environmental projects - see list below of the 2022/23 projectsmore
.Club President Stuart accompanied by Rotarian LInda, visited Knighton Mead Academy on 3rd March, to present Young Writer Awards.more
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