latest news
from and around West Chiltington

Chalara fungus threatens Ash Trees November 04, 2012
The Chalara fungus (Chalara fraxinea) has already wiped out many Ash trees in Europe - ways of spotting it and how to report it are available on the... [MORE]

Diamond Jubilee Trees! Deadline 7th September! August 12, 2012
The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  Here at The Tree Council, we have been planning our own contribution and we are turning... [MORE]

National Tree Week 24th Nov - 2nd Dec August 12, 2012
If you'd like to find out more about National Tree Week please contact your Tree Warden Amanda Apps - you can contact her via this website ... [MORE]

Seed Gathering - 23rd Sept - 23rd Oct August 12, 2012
A great opportunity to get out into your local woodland to collect seeds to germinate into new trees for re-planting in your local area.  For m... [MORE]

Asian Long Horned Beetle - local infestation! April 15, 2012
The first infestation of the Asian Long Horned Beetle in this country was only recently  recorded in Paddock Wood, Kent.  This non-na... [MORE]

Trees, Trees, Trees March 17, 2012
If you're planning to plant trees this year to celebrate the Queens 2012 Diamond Jubilee remember that you can contact your local Tree Warden for ad... [MORE]

The Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee March 17, 2012
If you're not able to plant trees in your own garden then please log on to the Woodland Trust website to find out how you can donate a tree to be pl... [MORE]

Tree Care March 17, 2012
Remember if you are planting a tree in 2012 that it will need watering regularly in its first year and also will need to be tended from time to time... [MORE]

Acute Oak Decline July 16, 2011
Acute Oak Decline infects both of Britain's native species of Oak tree - to find out the latest information visit the Forestry Commission website at... [MORE]

Ancient Forests and Woodlands are under threat! February 12, 2011
Government proposals plan to sell off our national forests.  Public consultation runs until the end of April.  If you'd like to know more ... [MORE]

Monkmead Wood's historical past
Monkmead Wood is a site rich in history.  From a Roman Road which disects the site, to its connections with World War 2, it's a fascinating place and home to many species of wildlife too.
 
At just under 28.5 acres it can boast both wet and dry heathlands, a SSSI and varied broadleaf deciduous tree species (some of which are featured on this site). 
 
Some clues as to the woodland's past ownership are still visible today.  Ornamental tree planting of huge pines are thought to have been planted by the owners of Monkmead Place, a large residential house opposite the woodland, back in 18th or 19th Century.

Remains of the Candian Army camp from World War 2 are visible throughout the woodland even today, these range from ceramic telephone lines to brick foundations from administration buildings.  

The woodland itself is owned by Horsham District Council and it has been working closely with MWVG for the past 7 years to continue to preserve this site for many generations to come. 
 
One of the tasts that the volunteer group are involved in every year is heathland preservation.  Although the group spend many hours removing birch saplings which had colonised the area, some mature trees are a vital component of the heathland as song posts for birds and homes for insects.  If the encroachment of birch was not kept under control their coverage of the heathland would reduce the light reaching the woodland floor and seriously affect the conditions required for heathland species making it difficult for them to re-establish in the area.
 
The next time you're walking in the woodland see if you can spot those ceramic phone lines from World War 2!