34 members present + 3 children.

Norman Clyde-Watson in Chair - welcomed Friends to the meeting and reported:-

  • There was to be a Raffle after the meeting for a framed photo of the Ridge and other items, with proceeds to the Notts Wildlife Trust whose 40th Anniversary it was and were appealing for donations.
  • Following a request from Walter, a bench was to be placed on the Ridge at a suitable site, in memory of a friend's wife. This has been agreed with Broxtowe B.C.
  • Broxtowe B.C. had also agreed to the proposal to plant a hedgerow along the grassland edge which would screen fencing. This was planned for Nov/Dec - National Tree Week, subject to funding.
  • Norman had sent photos and notes about the tree planting in memory of Bob Smith to Breeze - watch this space!
  • Representatives of the Ridge had been invited to the next meeting of the Bramcote Forum on the 20 April.
  • John Appleton had seeds and compost available for volunteers to grow plants for the Wildflower planting later in the year - contact John if you wish to help.

Norman introduced Chris Tinsley, Chilwell Tree Warden who gave an illustrated talk on the value and importance of trees in the environment - urban and rural. Her work involved her in surveying woodlands, recording of trees and protection orders. Involvement in Trees in Gardens Campaign, which encouraged people to plant trees in gardens, with advice on those suitable, (and some free plants). She stressed that trees need replacing and liaison with a Nationwide Greenwood Community initiative worked towards this. The Government were also advising on living spaces, but not all Planning and Development incorporated green areas.

Norman thanked Chris for her talk.

A walk round the locality is planned for May - details later, perhaps a good opportunity to note the trees we have around us.

The Raffle raised £28 - thanks to all who participated and to Mary for organising it.

The next Meeting is on Monday 5th April at 7:30pm. -- Don't Miss It !!! Guest speaker will be Ron Price from Wollaton Natural History Society - "A Walk with Nature".

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