Recent Jubilee Wood news

  • November/December blog mushroom
    October /November in Jubilee Wood 2019
    Winter maintenance work continues in the wood by hard working volunteers, with strimming around the pond and other areas, tidying up around the...
  • Jubilee Wood species list
    Jubilee Wood species list
    Jubilee Wood Species List June 2019, identified by Hunts Fauna and Flora Society...
  • autumn leaves
    Jubilee Wood September 2019
    The days are rapidly getting shorter and the sun is moving lower in the sky as September comes to an end. As I...
  • Great Gidding Jubilee Wood Art Event
    Jubilee Wood August 2019
    August had been disappointingly cold and quite wet until the scorching bank holiday weekend, when butterflies fluttered around the edges of the wood...
  • Cinnabar moth
    Jubilee Wood July 2019
    It’s been a month of very varied weather from windy and wet days interspersed with blisteringly hot ones including the hottest temperature officially...
  • Jubilee Wood in June 2019
    Jubilee Wood in June 2019
    June has been a busy month in the wood, not only for wildlife and growing trees and plants but also for humans. We...
  • May 2019 in the Jubilee Wood
    May 2019 in the Jubilee Wood
    ‘Spring comes and it is May’   John Clare How true those words are! Everything is full of life, grass and plants are growing...
  • "Pop up" Jubilee Wood Knowledge Share
    “Pop up” Jubilee Wood Knowledge Share
    The July Knowledge Share – Sunday 14th from 2.30pm ‘Nature & Well Being’ – “A Journey through the senses” With an opportunity to...
  • Jubilee Wood in April 2019
    Jubilee Wood in April 2019
    April ‘April showers bring May flowers’ Let’s hope that this isn’t strictly true or we won’t be seeing so many Jubilee Wood wild...
  • Jubilee Wood in March
    Jubilee Wood in March
    Jubilee Wood in March March 2019 Jubilee Wood As the weak winter sun dips down behind the trees in the wood, and we...
  • Jubilee Wood Summer 2018
    Jubilee Wood in February
    February in Jubilee Wood   John Clare loved ‘the youth of each green thing: The grass, the trees, the bushes and the moss’,...
  • Jubilee Wood in January 2019
    Jubilee Wood in January 2019
    As January comes to a cold end with freezing nights and flurries of the white stuff, it’s difficult not to dream of warmer...
  • <em>Not just</em> ‘Great Gidding Spring Plant Sale and Social Evening’…
    Not just ‘Great Gidding Spring Plant Sale and Social Evening’…
    Be sure to save the date, Friday 10th May 2019, for an evening filled with a plethora of plants all for sale, barbeque...
  • Spring Dragonflies & Damselflies at Jubilee Wood in 2018
    Spring Dragonflies & Damselflies at Jubilee Wood in 2018
    Spring Dragonflies & Damselflies at Jubilee Wood in 2018 During a couple of visits to the Jubilee Wood pond in May 2018, five...
  • Year End Moth Report
    Year End Moth Report
    Over the past year Andrew Frost and Barry Dickerson have carried out several moth trapping evenings to record and evaluate the level of...
  • Jubilee Wood in December
    Jubilee Wood in December
    Jubilee Wood in December   December can be a difficult month for some people, with the nights at their longest it can seem...
  • Jubilee Wood long term maintenance project
    Jubilee Wood long term maintenance project
    Certain areas of the wood have now grown to a point where removing the under growth and thin trees should be considered for...
  • November in the Jubilee Wood
    November in the Jubilee Wood
    November in Jubilee Wood   ‘Autumn, I love thy latter end to view In cold November’s day so bleak and bare’   John...
  • Jubilee Wood October 2018
    Jubilee Wood October 2018
    October can be an unpredictable month weather wise, and this year we’ve already seen gales, exceptionally high temperatures and early on, rainfall of...
  • 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...

Contact

Michael Trolove – michaeltrolove@thegiddings.org.uk

Species List – specieslist@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.