Owned and managed by High Ham Parish Council
Welcome We hope you enjoy your visit, and love Millennium Wood as much as the volunteers, Parish Lengthsman Craig Howe, and contractors who work hard to maintain it in the condition you will find today.
'Leave only your footprints, make only memories and, maybe, make a den for others to discover.' Craig Howe, Parish Lengthsman
If we remove our litter, keep our dogs on leads and clean up after them, we will keep this widlife haven a special place now and for the future.
The site has a large car park, picnic tables, benches, pond-side shelter, den-building area, tree-identification trails, bug hotels, a bird-feeding station, and more...
Be Aware: there is deepwater on site. Children need to be actively supervised
The Lengthsman pages give details of Craig Howe's recent work in MW. Click on the INSTAGRAM logo for more detailed updates
19.04.19 The pond was cleared of algae and Parrot Weed by Lengthsman Craig Howe, with help from Roger Powell, Amanda Chuter, John Chuter. Native Stinking Iris plants were planted by Roger and Viv Hall.
Site meeting - Craig, Dave, Roger H, Roger P, Amanda, agreed work for 2019. As well as grass cutting, there will be a clearing in early May of pond algae and parrot weed; installing anti-slip strips on deck of pond-side shelter; coppicing 2 hazels to provide material for den-building area; planting stinking iris and wild garlic bulbs. Next winter the planned programme of tree thinning will continue, prioritising crowded/diseased tree, particularly those alongside paths, play and den-building area.
The Lost Words plaques are currently being cleaned up - they will be all in place by early April.
The box of ‘challenges’ are available in the pond-side shelter.
Lengthsman Craig Howe and Olly Howley have been continuing the winter management of the woodland : boundary hedges have been cut, and the felling of selected trees has continued to create space for other trees to continuing growing. When you walk around the wood you will see trees marked - Craig will be felling those during the winter. Brash will be burnt, and the timber left to season for future log sales.
September 2018 September 9th: 33 nets of seasoned logs sold , the logs a result of Craig Howe's work in MW recent years. The monies raised will go towards the upkeep of the woodland. Thanks to the 'sales team' of Craig, Dave Vigar and Amanda Chuter, and to Dave for the use of his tractor. On the day, Craig and Roger Hall discussed which trees required thinning out in coming months. Amy Jenkins and her children trialled the new Family Challenges - now stored in the pond-side shelter.
The 6 Family Challenges
August 2018 Site meeting: Craig Howe, Dave Vigar, Amanda Chuter, Roger Hall, Amy Jenkins, Roger Powell, - also Rachael Howe. Trees identified for crown lifting and thinning out later this year. Decided to let bird feeder go to High Ham Primary School for Amy to use in a project. Rachael installed her 'Lost Words' plaques around wood. Rachael's 6 family activity sheets will be availabe from September to download from this website, and in pond-side shelter.
July 2018 The pond cleared of various invasive weeds and algae by Craig and Rachael Howe, Dave Vigar, Amanda Chuter, Roger Powell, Amy Jenkins.
June 2018 Weed spraying, grass cutting - Craig Howe. Future events: tbc July 20th Pond clearing session; Site Meeting (Craig H, Dave V, Roger H, Amanda C, Amy J) - 8th August; Open Day - 9th September to coincide with Produce Show (Amy J liaison). MW activity sheets and plaques (designed and made by Rachael Howe) to be available Open Day. Offer of Stinking Iris plants and 4 wild pears (whips) to be planted in Autumn.
May 2018 Visit by Mary Ostler Area North Community Development Officer - a preliminary to making a small grant application for on-site activity resources. Fingerpost moved to safer location on Stout Hill - thanks to Dave for helping Craig. Rides mown.
Site meeting: Dave V, Amy J, Craig H (Lengthsman) Amanda C. Roger Hall gave apology
April 2018 In last 2 months, large areas of bramble cleared - some small areas left as wildlife habitat. Cordwood processed into split logs and.Trees pruned/felled to increase light to Weeping Ash and Beech. Some of Hazel coppiced. Some brash left at Den Building area, rest to be processed later for bean poles. Brash from February work, chipped. Grass mowing delayed - ground too wet/ soft. 10.04.18 Site meeting Dave V, Amanda C, Amy D, Craig H (Lengthsman).
March 2018 The thaw begins after 3 days of snow, severe cold and very strong winds.
21.11.17 New signs installed by Craig - made with MW timber, pyrography by Rae Howe, Craig's wife.
Clearing pond of invasive Parrot Weed - Craig, Amy, Amanda
04.10.17 Road direction signs installed by Christopher and David
13.09.17 Site Meeting: Dave Vigar, Roger Hall, Amanda Chuter, Amy Jenkins. autumn/winter tasks decided: coppicing hazel; thinning; bramble clearing; cutting back vegetation along rides; clearing pond of Parrot Weed, Cutting boundary hedges.