Conservation Working Party

Our first conservation party will be taking place on Sunday 22nd September from 10am-1pm. Meet at the Dorset Way entrance for Fox Hill woods.

Our initial aim is to remove some of the more invasive species and create an area with more light. A lighter area will make the woodland habitat more diverse and help the larger trees to grow healthily.

We will begin with a short introduction to using the tools safely. Initially, we will target the young holly and sycamore saplings and thin denser growth. We will also move some of the fallen trees where they are resting on and damaging healthy specimens. Another task might include coppicing some of the hazel trees. The hazel poles will be stored ready for our next session when they can be used as supports for a dead hedge. Lighter tasks will include clearing some of the overhanging branches from the pathway.

Please wear clothing with long sleeves, long trousers, sturdy shoes and bring a pair of gardening gloves. Don’t forget to bring a drink and something to eat.

If you’re thinking of attending, or would like more information please let us know by sending an email to events@friendsoffoxhill.org

Registering Footpaths Update

Picture of two footpath signs pointing in opposite directions

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to map the routes that they have used within Fox Hill over the years, along with completing the Council Form E.

The good news is that we have enough forms completed that certainly qualify regarding the number of years required and proof of community use. The Footpaths Team will be walking the routes to ensure that they physically exist today, taking photos, and grid references for each path. Once we have reconciled the paths that we believe will be best suited for an application, we will let everyone know.

Litter Pick – Sunday 24th March

Meet at the Limmerhill Entrance to Fox Hill Woods on Sunday 24 March 2019 at 2pm.

Please come along and lend a hand but remember to wear gloves, strong footwear and suitable clothing.

Safety vests and litter pickers will be provided.

Just turn up on the day or for further details please contact Friends of Fox Hill or visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/litterpick

If you would like to publicise this event for us, we’ve a handy A4 poster that you can print off – or simply share this page!

Local Plan Survey – Advice

Wokingham Local Plan Update Survey advice

You can now read our advice on how to respond to the Wokingham Local Plan Update Survey. Hopefully you will find the advice brief, and to the point.

Once you’ve read the advice, please visit the Wokingham Borough Council Local Plan Update page to complete the survey. You have until 4pm on 22nd Feburary to respond.

If you would like to discuss anything with other local residents, please join the Friends Of Fox Hill group on Facebook.

And if you haven’t already done so, please spend five minutes responding to our survey.

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Sunday’s meeting are now available to view.

Thank you!

Dear Friends of Fox Hill

This afternoon we held a public meeting and our inaugural AGM. The meeting was very well attended with around 90 present including local councillors.

I hope everyone found the presentation informative. Members of our new committee have worked extremely hard to research and collate a huge amount of information about the woods on Fox Hill and Round Hill, and the ways we can protect and conserve them. In addition there are a number of people who didn’t speak at the meeting who are working hard right now to keep the woods litter free, and are monitoring the the wildlife. Others have been hugely influential on social media, and by delivering flyers, in making sure everyone locally knows about the issues surrounding the woodland. Many thanks to everyone.

Please remember the two most important things you can do to help:

  • Firstly please make sure you’re a member of our new community group. If you left your e-mail address at the meeting, we’ll be in touch, otherwise please send an email to membership@friendsoffoxhill.org.
  • Secondly please take the time to respond to the local plan consultation. We’ll be posting information on the website to make sure you have the information you need to make sure that our woodland is removed from the development plan!

Going forward, we’re going to be a community conservation group, and we hope lots of people will get involved in protecting, enhancing and enjoying our beautiful, special, ancient woodland.

Best wishes

Jo Rogers

Chair, Friends of Fox Hill.

p.s. Need reminders when filling in the Local Plan survey? Have a look at the presentations from Sunday’s meeting.

Public Meeting resources

Thank you to everyone who came along to support us today; it was heartening to see so many people interested in the woods’ future! Our new Chair, Jo, will be making a longer post shortly, but in the meantime, here are the resources presented at today’s public meeting.

Information about the local plan, how it might affect you, and a link to the online survey can be found on the Wokingham Borough Council website.

Public Meeting

We’re holding a public meeting to discuss how Fox Hill Woods may be affected by the update to the Wokingham Local Plan, and how the Friends of Fox Hill can work to ensure the continued use of the woods for all the community. As part of this meeting, a public vote will take place to elect our first committee members.

When and where does the meeting take place?

3pm on Sunday 27th January, for up to 2 hours.

1st Woosehill Scout Hut
Chestnut Ave
Wokingham
RG41 3RS

This building can accommodate 80 people. To guarantee that you can get in, please arrive any time after 2:45pm.

Why are we doing this?

We feel that the interests of the local community are best served by forming a community group to prevent Fox Hill Woods from being ear-marked for development in the Wokingham Local Plan update, and to ensure its long term viability as an openly accessible, public space.

What will we talk about?

  • Overview of Fox Hill
  • Current Situation at Fox Hill
  • Aims of Fox Hill Community Group
  • Setting up the Fox Hill Community Group
  • Questions
  • Voting for Committee Positions

I would like to be involved

If you have skills you can bring to the group, please send us an email describing how you would like to become involved. A list of available committee positions will be made available on the day, with each candidate needing to be nominated and seconded. Whatever your skills, your time, enthusiasm and expertise will be needed to make this group a success. You’re probably reading this because Fox Hill Woods make your life more enjoyable; help us to keep it that way.

I can’t make it!

If you can’t make it, but would like to ask a question, please send us an email. We’ll aim to address your question at the meeting, and let you know our response.

What are we up to?

Following the aims of the group we are currently focusing on the following priorities:

  1. To understand the Wokingham Local Plan Update process and the opportunity for the community to input into the consultation, with the proposed aim to remove the proposed mixed use and housing proposals from the Fox Hill and Round Hill areas.
  2. To propose the area as a designated Green Space.

In parallel we are also:

  • investigating how the community can get more engaged in conserving the area, the habitat, and the species that use the woodland;
  • investigating the opportunity to identify historical rights of way that have been excluded from the definitive map;
  • setting up databases to store information on the historical and current use of the area, and data on species that inhabit the woodlands