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Friends of Gilcrest Wood and Meadow (FoGWaM) was initiated by local people at a public meeting in April 2013 with the plan being to offer sympathetic care, to conserve and encourage natural flora and fauna, and to generally improve the wild space of Gilcrest Wood and Meadow for the good of the local community. In 2014, the meadow area was recognised as an Urban Nature Park. Last year saw over 10 activity days of caring for the woods that included seed-planting, litter-picking, path-making, an annual Picnic and the 'Jolly Holly' wreath-making winter celebration, with an estimated 500 local people taking part form all ages.
The woods are not visible from our entrance. We will provide an interpretation board by a local artist to encourage walking and use of this local green space, with a map promoted and distributed to local shoppers. This will help us to promote physical and mental wellbeing, understanding of nature and local heritage, and engagement with our programme of activity including the new Bluebell walk.