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Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


It’s Tree Planting Time

This Sunday sees the first of this winter’s tree planting mornings at Dane Valley Woods.  Timed to coincide with National Tree Week Dane Valley Woods will be planting native trees in Margate’s own community woodland.

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

Native tree species are those that were found in the United Kingdom before humans started moving plants and animals around.  We favour the planting of these trees as they have been a part of our environment for longer than other trees and generally more insects and other animals live on, in and around them.

Why not come and join us in the woods on Sunday 27th November or Sunday 11th December between 10am and 1pm.  This map will show you where the woodland is.


What on earth is a Fedge?

Willow used in Fedge

Not an everyday term is your actual fedge.  However, the idea is beautifully simple and with the help of AJS Crafts Dane Valley Woods have created one in their allotment HQ.  A fedge is an alternative to a hedge or fence but combines the properties of both to create a living willow border.  One year old willow stems are cut and then placed into the ground in the line of a hedge in a lattice formation.  These stems are then woven and tied into place.  These stems will then grow into living willow stems and create a semi permanent border as well as a beautiful structure.  Thanks to all of the people who helped out on the day as well as for the lovely food.

Liz, Kashmir & Fedge


Tree Planting

More tree planting!  Top banana.

Come along anytime between 10am and 1pm and get stuck in to the real purpose of the community woodland, planting trees.  All you need to bring are a strong pair of shoes or boots and we will provide the trees and tools, not to mention the tea.

Tree planting is a great way to spend a morning and really rewarding as you get to see the fruit of your labour, knowing that with a little luck it will be growing in the same spot for several hundred years.

We will meet at 10am at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland any time throughout the morning.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


Fedges, Fires and Food

We will be joined by woodland craftsman Alan Sage as we continue to improve the headquarters by planting a living willow woven fence (often called a fedge).  There will also be other tasks and we will have a fire with food.  Suitable for all ages.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


A New Sign for Dane Valley Woods

We managed to avoid the showers to day and had a great time properly installing the pond, recreating the glade in the woods and creating a new sign to hang from the container at the HQ.  The pond is now installed and awaiting rainwater and we had a lot of help preparing a new sign for the container made out of objects found in the woodland.


Archaeology Woodland Action Day

Today’s activities will be jointly led by the Isle of Thanet Archaeology Society as along with all the usual work in the woods we will be helping the society excavate a section of the original St Peter’s Footpath.  Exciting times indeed!  There will also be a variety of other activities going on as the number of places at the dig site will be limited.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


Bats in the Woods!

Common Pipistrelle in flight

A “Bats & Moths” event was held last night, organised by the Windmill Community Allotment Project in conjunction with the Kent Bat Group. The assembled bat-hunters headed off into Dane Valley Woods at dusk, armed with special detectors that convert the bat’s high pitched calls to a noise that us humans can hear. We waited in the closing darkness on the cycle path leading through the middle of the woods, and then we heard them – a very quick pass as they are swift creatures in flight! Shirley, our bat expert, confirmed that due to the frequency at 45 kHz, we were hearing a Common Pipistrelle – using its call in the same way as sonar, to echo-locate insects to eat. To receive confirmation that there are these interesting creatures in the woods is very exciting, and can be added to the increasing list of flora and fauna that can be found within its boundaries. If you would like to become involved in helping to identify the biodiversity of the site, get in touch through our contact page – we’d love to hear from you!


Tree Planting

It’s tree planting time!

Come along anytime between 10am and 1pm and get stuck in to the real purpose of the community woodland, planting trees.  All you need to bring are a strong pair of shoes or boots and we will provide the trees and tools, not to mention the tea.

Tree planting is a great way to spend a morning and really rewarding as you get to see the fruit of your labour, knowing that with a little luck it will be growing in the same spot for several hundred years.

We will meet at 10am at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland any time throughout the morning.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.


Art Workshop and Woodland Action Day

A selection of activities for all ages going on at our headquarters at Dane Valley Allotments.  We will be creating environmental art as well as undertaking pond construction and other work in the woods.  Entrance is free.

Meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ any time between 10 and 1.


New Events Programme

Dane Valley Woods have a new events programme so that you will know exactly when we are up and active as well as what we are up to.  There are some great events coming up includeing joint events with our neighbours the Windmill Community Allotment Project and with the Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society as well as the usual tree planting and woodland management.  You can download a copy of the Events Programme by clicking here.  Don’t forget that there are also more details on the Events Page.


DVW joins forces with Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society

Dane Valley Woods are in the final stages of arranging a partnership with the Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society to investigate the original route of St Peter’s Footpath.  Geophysical surveys will eventually be carried out to find out if the footpath used to run through Dane Valley Woods, and we will then be digging some test pits to see if this is the case and if there are any other archaeological finds that might indicate the nature of activities that used to go on in Dane Valley Woods.  The first event will be on Saturday August 13th but check out the events page for more details.


Dane Valley Woods Open Day

A joint event with our neighbours the Windmill Community Allotment Project.   A chance to come and see the woodland in the height of the summer and take part in fun family activities.  We will be joined by environmental artist Ruth Cutler who will give you the chance to make something creative out of nothing and take it away with you.

There will also be guided walks to give you an idea of the work we are doing with the woodland and the diverse wildlife which inhabits it.

Events will be free and going on from 10am to 4pm (art workshops 11am & 1pm).  Come and meet us either at our HQ at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or at our stand in the community allotment.


Woodland Action Day

A morning of tasks keeping the woodland in tip top condition.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of St Peter’s Footpath or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.

We provide all tools and safety equipment but please wear a sturdy pair of shoes.  All ages welcome.

 


A hot and sticky task day

With the trees happily growing in the wood last Sunday saw us crack on with revamping the Dane Valley Woods headquarters. This included painting the tool store and the newly installed outdoor classroom as well as starting to dig a pond. The pond will come as a welcome addition to the HQ and hopefully we will be able to add pond dipping to the range of things that people can do at Dane Valley Woods.  Having said that, the hot weather and hitting chalk did make this a tough job.  The tool store and the outdoor classroom is now looking fantastic and we are having a big event next month with the Windmill Community Allotment Project.  Look out for more details in the events section.


Let’s all do a rain dance!

Whilst the dry, hot weather may be great for early season barbeques and working up a tan before you go on holidayit is not such good news for wildlife and especially bad news for newly planted trees.  Newly planted trees are particularly vulnerable to drout as their roots have not had time to fully establish and be able to seek out water from deep in the ground.  As we planted over 1000 tree last winter and there is no way to water all the trees we are deperate for rain as some of the trees are looking quite sickly already.  So next time it rains, don’t moan about the British weather and think about how the Dane Valley Woods trees will be breathing a huge sigh of relief.


Sunday Task Day

Join the gang as we help all the trees that were planted in the winter and are thirsty after all the dry weather.  We will be adding mulch and clearing vegetation from around trees that are getting shaded out.

We meet at the Dane Valley Woods HQ in Dane Valley Allotments at the end of the cycle path or find us in the woodland.

There is no need to book but please let Steve know if you intend to come along as it helps us organise refreshments and tasks.