Thanks to everyone who helped with the litter pick. It was an excellent turn out. Your efforts make a real difference to the common.
Several trees have been felled recently and many more are shortly to be cut down and removed from the woods.
This work is to remove diseased Ash trees or those that pose a danger and is being carried out by Wessex Woodland Management Ltd on behalf of the West Wycombe Estate
Once the work is complete, we will look at how the common has been affected and consider how we may be able to support its restoration.
It was a great pleasure to present the 2020 Alan Duggin Memorial Conservation Award to John O’Conner Grounds Maintenance who have been cutting the grass for us for more than 15 years.
The award is normally announced and presented at our AGM but due to the current constraints the presentation was made on the common. The award was accepted by Ian Evans on behalf of the company in front of a small group of local residents who regularly use the common.
We very much hope that by mid-May the need for social distancing restrictions will have reduced significantly but as we cannot be sure, we have decided to cancel our AGM, scheduled for May 18th.
We must however continue to follow the rules of the society which include the election of committee members and officers for the coming year and an annual report of our accounts. The AGM is also a time when we ask for new volunteers to join our committee.
I am very pleased to advise that the current committee members and officers are all willing to continue.
Given the current circumstances all the existing committee members will therefore be reappointed for a further year. In addition, to avoid the need for a formal vote, any new volunteers who wish to join this year will be co-opted by the committee.
This year, in addition to the membership subscriptions which cover our annual running costs we received two significant donations. In September a donation from Red Kite Community Housing enabled the purchase of hand tools to use during our litter collections and work parties, and in March, thanks to Cllr Brian Pearce, we received a donation from Wycombe District Council to support the maintenance of the Woodland Walk. We therefore remain financially heathy.
A report of our accounts will be prepared in the usual way by our treasurer, Phil Stagg.
Thank you for your continuing support.
In support of our efforts to eliminate dog waste and in particular the plastic bags that are being left on the common, an additional waste bin has been installed. This is adjacent to the layby at the junction of Lane End Road and Horns Lane. The new bin was installed by the Society but has been adopted by the Council who will take care of emptying it.
The weather was at last kind to us and we had a good turn out for our Autumn litter pick. So thanks to everyone who helped on Sunday and at other times over the weekend to keep the common and woods clear of litter.
Also a special thanks to for their support by providing funding for the litter pickers and rings for our volunteers to use.