Sparkford Copse Trust

About the Trust
The Millennium Field
Spring Planting
Autumn 2000
Millennium Copse
Many of the trees  planted in November 1999 have  emerged from their shelters, - a most encouraging sight!  A survey of the original planting this September showed that more than 80% are growing healthily, some  8% having died over this last year.  The principle reason for this years losses has been voles building nests in the bottom of the shelters and gnawing thru the bark and/or stem of a small sapling.

The bad weather and the FMD crisis in the spring of this year prevented us from replacing  the trees lost in the first year but plans are now in place for a replanting the most affected areas later this year.

Millennium Seat
105-11.jpg (36928 bytes) The pond below the railway embankment has made a colourful display this summer, surrounded by flowering irises, buttercups and campion.
The water level remained high until late summer when the spring feeding it dried out - still rain is on it's way............... 
The luxuriant growth of the grass reminds what a prolific meadow the Millennium Field used to be. Our thanks to Justin Crawford for cutting the main pathways to make access easy for walkers.    While this was done there was a spectacular display of vole-hunting by a Kestrel, often diving in front of Justin's tractor after his prey!
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The Wyvern Copse

Only partial planting was undertaken at the start of this year.  It is hoped that this will be completed later this year.  However we have installed a new gate and stile at the lower end of the field so that there is now a thru pathway down the field.

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The Trust is funded by subscriptions from members and by maintenance grants from the Forestry Authority. Valuable technical support is also provided by Somerset County Council, the Woodland Trust and the Somerset Wildlife Advisory Trust. Subscription rates are:-

 Annual Membership 2.50

Family or Corporate Membership 5.00

OAPs and those in full time education 0.50

 Life Membership 25.00

Anyone wishing to support the Trust should contact M J Littlewood 01963-440584.

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