Jubilee Wood, Great Gidding – News

Recent Jubilee Wood news

  • Jubilee Wood Action Morning
    Jubilee Wood Action Morning
    Annual Maintenance Blitz The usual maintenance tasks, hedge trimming, lopping and strimming in the Jubilee Wood. We do this to keep the open...
  • A busy apple pressing day September 2018
    A busy apple pressing day September 2018
    A lovely sunny morning welcomed the various pressers and extractors of apple juice to Manor Site Farm laden with apples from gardens, allotments...
  • Jubilee Wood September 2018
    Jubilee Wood September 2018
    Autumn approaches but the wood is still full of leaf even if there are some early signs of yellowing in some of the...
  • Jubilee Wood August 2018
    Jubilee Wood August 2018
    August weather has been a little more familiar than the heatwave we’ve experienced over the last couple of months but as always, nature...
  • Jubilee Wood July 2018
    Jubilee Wood July 2018
    Although it’s  been a very dry and hot month, the trees in the wood appear to be coping although the lowering of the...
  • Jubilee wood - June 2018
    Jubilee wood – June 2018
    June is bursting out all over in the Jubilee wood! The trees have exploded into life, their leaves forming a canopy of green...
  • The Jubilee Wood in May
    The Jubilee Wood in May
    Jubilee Wood in May 2018 May has been another interesting month weather wise, sometimes pouring with rain and at other times so hot...
  • Jubilee Wood  April 2018
    Jubilee Wood April 2018
    Jubilee Wood April was quite a month of extremes in terms of weather, but nature has a way of forging on regardless whilst...
  • November 2012
    The gap in the Jubilee Wood hedge, a photographic record
    This is an interactive exercise for digital camera users, a chance to get your photograph on the village website.   Along the eastern...
  • Jubilee Wood maintenance morning
    Jubilee Wood maintenance morning
    The Jubilee wood could do with a hands on tidy up/post winter maintenace effort. Theres not a great deal to do so a...
  • Wassail, January 2012, Great Gidding
    Wassail in the Jubilee Wood
    Title: Wassail Location: The Jubilee Wood, Great Gidding Start Time: 19:30 Date: Thursday 16th February 2017 Time we had another Pagan adventure in...
  • Hedge laying in the Jubilee Wood
    Hedge laying in the Jubilee Wood
    The dividing hedge between the wood and the allotments has recently been expertly laid in the traditional Midlands style. The hedge being mainly...
  • Jubilee Wood Watch
    Jubilee Wood Watch
      An occasional update of events, happenings and interesting things that have been observed in the Jubilee Wood (latest news at the top...
  • Jubilee Wood maintenance morning
    Jubilee Wood maintenance morning
    An excellent turnout for the annual trim and tidy of the pathways and hedges around the Jubilee Wood. Another is planned for next...
  • Jubilee Wood maintenance weekends
    Jubilee Wood maintenance weekends
    For three consecutive  Saturday mornings in November a team of volunteers have been trimming the sides of the main path in the Jubilee...
  • Jubilee Wood Winter Maintenance
    Jubilee Wood Winter Maintenance
      Jubilee Wood Winter maintenance The Jubilee Wood is in need of some ground maintenance. The area to the right of the main...
  • Jubilee Wood Midsummer Picnic – 10th anniversary
    Pop up Picnic
    Social media Pop up Picnic   For 10 solid years we have held a midsummer picnic in the Jubilee Wood come rain or...
  • Snow in Great Gidding January 2013 - Main Street
    Tomorrows archive photographs taken today.
    Great Gidding in Camera This is a photographic challenge to record as many facets of Great Gidding village, parish life and activity starting...
  • Ash Dieback Disease
    Ash Dieback Disease
    Ash trees are under serious threat from a fungal disease that has spread to the UK from Continental Europe. Chalara  Fraxinea or Ash...
  • Bee Orchid
    Jubilee Wood Midsummer Picnic
    Sunday June 24th started off in much the same vein as nearly all the previous days of the month, wet. The forecast was...
  • A wet Sunday in the Jubilee Wood
    A wet Sunday in the Jubilee Wood
    Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a special tree planting ceremony It seemed a good idea at the time, a coffee morning in the...
  • Wassail, January 2012, Great Gidding
    On the evening of January the 9 th we will be exercising our pagan past with a Wassail This is an event that...
  • Jubilee Wood
    Jubilee Wood Coffee Morning
    Jubilee Celebration Coffee  Morning Sunday 3rd June There will be a coffee morning  to attend on Sunday 3rd June in the Golden Jubilee...
  • The excavation of the Diamond Jubilee Pond
    The excavation of the Diamond Jubilee Pond
    Creating a new pond After mulling over the idea of how to bring another environmental benefit to the Jubilee Wood it was fairly...
  • A new sign for the Jubilee Wood
    A new sign for the Jubilee Wood
    Now that spring is upon us why not take a walk up to the Jubilee Wood where you will see the new sign lovingly...


Michael Trolove – michaeltrolove@thegiddings.org.uk

Jubilee Wood – a brief history

One of the many paths and seats in the wood
To celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, a small woodland was planted to the north-east of the village. The woodland has public access via a path from Mill Road and is an area for all to enjoy. A range of trees were planted including blackthorn, hawthorn, oak and ash, with wide grass rides between the wooded blocks. These rides are sun traps and provide invertebrates with long grass to shelter in and flowering plants to feed from. The blossom on the trees is also a good source of nectar for insects such as butterflies. The woodland is currently quite sparse but, as it grows, it will provide excellent foraging opportunities for amphibians and create darker, damper areas for them to utilise. The woodland is surrounded by a dense hedgerow which acts as a corridor for creatures moving around the area.
Work in progress, The Diamond Jubilee Pond
A new pond for the woodland was added in 2011 and is a great benefit to the local amphibian population. The pond is located in the northern half of the woodland, in a large open area. This ensures it gets lots of light and few leaves will fall into it. The pond is deep enough that it will not freeze through during the winter as this will enable amphibians to over-winter at the bottom of the pond in safety. The large size of the pond means it will be possible to create a variety of microhabitats according to differences in the bank gradient, the shape of the pond edge and the proportion of the water that is vegetated and not. This will attract a wider range of species including some dragonflies, beetles, amphibians and birds.