Planting The Queen’s Oak

The Queen’s Oak was ceremonial planted on the common to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee by Jeff Harvey the longest serving member of the BC&WPS committee. Thanks to all who helped make this happen and to everyone who came along to support the event.

Volunteers from Red Kite

A huge thank you to the volunteers form Red Kite for their hard work. With their help the weeds and brambles have again been cleared from around the Coronation trees and our new Oak tree has been put in place ready for the official unveiling on June 5th.

Restoring the Information Board

At the end of April after 5 years in the ground the base of the Information Board on the corner of the common had rotten causing it to fall.

Thanks to our volunteers it has now been replaced using two concrete posts which will keep it in place for many years to come.

Footpath 112

Public footpath 112/1, which runs through the woods connecting horns lane to Lane End Road had become completely overgrown and impassable.

Thanks to our volunteers it has now been reopened and we hope it will be well used.

Wild Flowers

In 2014 a small area of the common was seeded with wild flowers and by 2016 it was flourishing.

Work has now begun to expand this area which will not only bring more colour but will attract bees, butterflies and other insects to the common.

Information panel returned

Thanks to a local resident who spotted it behind a bush the information panel that had been removed has been found. Fortunately the panel was undamaged so with a new backing board we have been able to return it to its rightful position.

New Handrails

Hand rails have been constructed and installed by E&R Meakes of Lane End at the crossing point on Horns lane opposite the public footpath .

Unfortunately crossing the road is still difficult and potentially dangerous due to the bends in the road and the speed of some drivers who use the lane but the hand rails should make this well used footpath a little safer and more accessible.

The completed handrails have been fully tested….

Vandalism !

One of the Information panels has been removed by mindless vandals. Why anyone would want to do this is a mystery as it is of no use to anyone other than the users of the common. We will replace the board but this will be a significant expense that will take funds away from other work that could be done on the common.

The work of mindless vandals