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Scouts help out at Ruscombe Wood

posted 16 Nov 2013, 10:25 by Phil Hayes   [ updated 16 Nov 2013, 10:36 ]
Ruscombe Woods has become a favoured venue for wide games and activities over recent years with our troop, the wood is maintained by a local group of volunteers called the friends of Ruscombe Wood. This group has been working to restore the area to its former glory by re-introducing the practice of coppicing and traditional fence laying. Following last year’s rather wet summer, Steve Loyd, the group co-ordinator located what they believe to be the site of an old pond, perhaps used to soak the wood cut from the willow trees that was widely used in Twyford for basket making up until the 1950s. It was this old pond that we were asked to help clear out, and so on a lovely frosty November morning a group of scouts and leaders spent 3 hours removing barrow loads of leaves and soil to try and recreate the original pond. We shall now have to wait for some decent rainfall to see if the old pond can be revived.