Millennium Wood, North Burlingham – Deja Vu

Friday 27th January 2017

A return to ‘Millennium Wood’ North Burlingham again today, carrying on from where we left-off last Friday.

I have said in previous blogs about the improvements we have seen on this site by reducing the number of trees, which in turn allows more light to reach the woodland floor.  Well today we could see a very good manifestation of this. As we were standing around the fire, chatting while we enjoyed a morning cuppa, we watched three Robins challenging each other for a territory in the recently cleared areas.  By contrast there is no bird life in the yet-to-be-cleared parts of this wood.

The gang thinning out the woods and creating clearings for local wildlife.

It is funny how conversation moves from subject to subject when you stand about in a group drinking tea, watching a fire (looking at fire that is burning well, watching flowing water, or crashing waves on a beach are equally hypnotic). In this way, you pick up snippets of information from/about fellow volunteers. For example, several of us volunteer for organisations other than ‘The Norwich Fringe Project’. To illustrate this point – one person is involved with ‘Eaton Vale Residents Association’ who, amongst other things, do conservation work on Marston Marsh. Other people volunteer for ‘The Broads Authority’, ’Natural England’, and another for a group who work in ‘Ashwellthorpe Wood’ (which some of you may remember was the first place to identify ‘Ash dieback’ in UK).

Liz carefully painting a trail of join the dots!!!
Liz carefully painting a trail of join the dots!!!

However, one person has a passion for something other than conservation work; Robert knits (he also provides most of the pictures in our blog). The item he knits the most is ‘bobble hats’ (or beanie hats if you don’t want a bobble on your hat). He was telling me today of the problem he has with the different wools when knitting his hats. Even from the same woollen yarn manufacturer, different coloured wool has different characteristics that can make a difference in the finished size of a hat. He carries several examples of his handy work in the back of his car and some of our number have bought a hat from him, all different colours and patterns.  Gloves and scarfs, he tells me present different hurdles and challenges but he also knits these, so if you want a bobble hat, Robert is your man.

A small selection from our knitting guru.
A small selection from our knitting guru.

It’s funny how conversation flows over a cup of tea.

Written by Alan Rae, Norwich Fringe Project Volunteer.