The Parish Council has included the following update on its management of the Common in their recent Autumn Newsletter “Chorleywood Matters”:

 ” CHORLEYWOOD COMMON
As we enter autumn, Chorleywood Common’s winter work programme comes into focus as we begin to plan the tasks and activities that will be undertaken throughout the colder months. Activity will continue down in the Maybushes where select trees will be felled to increase the area of chalk meadow grassland as seen in Larks Meadow. Grassland of this type and quality is nationally very scarce so it is important that we do what we can to enhance and increase this habitat. Our winter work programme will also see our Rangers commence work in the previously designated ’non-intervention’ woodland. Here non-native invasive laurel species are beginning to spread, out-competing the native trees and shading out the ground flora. Uncontrolled holly growth is also having the same impact.
Other tasks include the removal of sapling trees and bramble amongst the heather and gorse which can be easily crowded out. Building on from previous successful efforts, heather seed will also be collected and spread in lightly scraped patches to increase and promote its coverage across the acid grassland. Other areas of grassland and scrub will be left uncut to grow on a 2 year rotation allowing for better winter cover for birds and to encourage increased invertebrate populations. The parking area banks around the Common will also be managed to promote wildflower growth supporting our delicate pollinator species.
The English Longhorn Cattle had a 6 week grazing period down in the Maybushes and have been successful in reducing the scrub to a point where more delicate wildflower species should now be able to gain more of a foothold come the spring. We look forward to seeing the cattle again next year where their activities continue to help us meet the requirements of the Higher Level Stewardship scheme.
Early in 2019 you can expect to see new interpretation boards, signage and waymarker posts being installed. These will help direct people around the Common and inform visitors about the wealth of habitats and associated wildlife we are so fortunate to have under our stewardship. It is important to remember that Chorleywood Common is not a park but a designated nature reserve and whilst appropriate recreational activity is promoted and encouraged, it is managed foremost as a natural and wild place for our native species to flourish.
If you would like to get involved and learn more about Chorleywood Common, why not join our Rangers on a range of walks, talks and activities throughout the year [Note these are in cooperation with the Friends - Stuart]. They are free to attend and there is no need to sign up. Just come along at 10am on the last Thursday of the month where our Rangers will be waiting to greet you next to the cricket club pavilion opposite the Parish Council Office.”

The Friends have a display for the Parish’s WW1 commemorations of “Military Use of the Common 1914-1918 compared with Civilian Life before it”.

It will be in the Memorial Hall Common Room from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th November.

There are a number of other events to commemorate the ending of WW1 over that weekend – see the Parish website:

Open to everyone. Last Thursday of every month 10.00am – 12.30pm, ending at a pub where people can stay for lunch/a drink if they wish. Certain tasks may take longer and will be advertised as such in advance. Other special walks and events can be added in ad hoc – i.e. bat walks, wild flower walks etc.

25th Oct 2018 – Pond clearance work – duckweed removal, sweet grass and weed croming, silt removal – meet at Cricket Club car park
29th Nov 2018 – Coppicing of gorse, removal of saplings and heather seed sowing – meet at Cricket Club car park
31st Jan 2019 – Coppicing of gorse, removal of saplings & heather seed sowing – meet at Cricket Club car park
28th Feb 2019 – Laurel and holly cutting and marking – meet at Cricket Club car park
28th Mar 2019 – Laurel & holly cutting and marking – meet at Cricket Club car park

Our next ranger led walk and activity morning is this Thursday at 10am meeting behind the cricket club pavilion as usual.

Daniel (the Ranger) suggests doing a walk around to start as there are lots of fungi to see, and then finish up with some work around top common ponds.

Hope you can join us, weather forecast looks “OKish”.

The TRDC Leisure Committee considered the TRDC proposal for a Play area on Chorleywood Common on Wednesday 10th October. The officer’s recommendation was basically that the play space be put on hold until there is more conclusive evidence that the local community are in favour of a play space on Chorleywood Common. Officers therefore proposed that the funding for Chorleywood be used to upgrade the Swillett Play Area.

No formal feedback has been received from TRDC but it is understood that at the meeting Cllr Phil Williams tabled an amendment to the recommendation, that was then carried by a majority, to the effect that the Swillett upgrade is put on hold whilst the Parish Council is approached again for a decision on whether a play area should be placed on the Common. The exact wording of the recommendation was to be provided by Cllr Williams, and has not yet been received by the Parish Council.

Only then can the Parish Council debate and decide how to move forward on this issue.

Here is the link to the agenda and papers for the next 3 Rivers Leisure Committee that is meeting on Wednesday 10 October at 7:30pm.

One of the items is a report about the consultation on the Play Area, and a subsequent recommendation not to proceed.  The report recommends that:

“2.18 The consultation data from the Wonder Wood survey are inconclusive and split between those wishing to have the play area and those against. It is therefore recommended that the proposal be put on hold until there is more conclusive evidence, showing that the local community are in favour of a new play space on the Common.

2.19 Officers therefore propose that the funding for Chorleywood be used to upgrade The Swillet play area. By upgrading The Swillet play area sooner than planned (2020/21), the families within Chorleywood will be able to benefit from a high quality play area.

2.20 The original budget of £50,000 to upgrade the Swillet play area was allocated to be used in 2020/21. This funding was to be used to carry out a minor upgrade in order to complement the new play space on the Common. However, as it is now proposed to no longer progress the project for an additional play space, ….”

The committee can decide not to the accept the recommendation to “no longer progress the project for an additional play space”.  You are welcome to attend the meeting as a member of the public.

The cattle have returned to Chorleywood Common.  There are four and at present they are in the Railway field adjusting to their new surroundings.   It is likely that they will be released next Monday into the Maybushes, Railway Field and lower paddocks.

The cut and lift of the grass is also due to take place within the next week or so.

Local residents within the Parish of Chorleywood are invited to take part in consultation for the proposed Chorleywood Wonder Wood on Chorleywood Common at Site 15A during June and July. The survey closes at noon on Friday 20th July.  For information on the proposal please visit: www.threeriversleisure.co.uk/chorleywood-wonder-wood

To complete the survey, click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WonderWood

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23 May 2018

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Bill Griffiths says: “You may have read that The Daily Mail in conjunction with the Keep Britain Tidy group is organising a nationwide clean-up of litter over the weekend of 12/13 May.  I’ve been in touch with the parish council to see if they would like our help that weekend and I’ve suggested that we could ” walk the common ” and do a litter pick. They are more than happy for us to do this , and I’m proposing that anybody who is interested meets at the cricket club car park at 11 am on Saturday 12th May.

What could be nicer than an amble round our lovely common for an hour or two – bring the children and the dogs !  We might even finish up at The Black Horse for a well earned drink.

Please let me know if you’re coming – I’ll bring some large bin bags for you all.”

Bill’s email is : griffbg@hotmail.com