1, Copies of an article in the Evening Post on Tuesday 13 July about the Friends of Bramcote Ridge were distributed.

2, The working party on July 11 had done a good job in moving the branches left from the tree cutting down to Thoresby Road, where they were later removed by Council workmen.

3, Eric and Mary Curtis, Geoff Ward and Walter Grauberg reported on their visit to the Open Day at Brierley Forest Park. The event, with folk dancers, a band, a large marquee with display boards, plants for sale, a tombola and raffle seemed well supported by the local community. We met Terry Birch, the Chairman pf the Friends of BFP, retired from the Forestry Commission and a man of great vigour. The Park covers some 80 hectares, including the site of an old recreation ground and the former Sutton Colliery, with spoil heap. It was opened in 1994 and is administered by Ashfield District Council through a Ranger Service. The Friends were set up in 1996. A lot of money from various funds has been secured for the Park. We were shown a nearly complete Visitor Centre, where the friends will occupy one room, and walked along one of the colour-marked trails. It is hoped that Terry will come to our October meeting.

4, Exhibition. Chris Riley has supplied some maps of the area for info on birds and vegetation (see July minutes). A draft text about the Friends to go into the display and was circulated and discussed. Walter will investigate the origin of the term ‘Alexandrina Plantation’. Geoff Ward will work on the logo. Once full details about the exhibition are known, photos can be chosen and a possible rota of volunteers to man the stand established.

5, Reminders

  • Bracken Bash (again) Sunday8 August 10:30
  • Next meeting Monday 6 September

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