Gifts from the woodlands

It’s that time of year, and we’re here to help with gift ideas! Thursday 6th December is late night shopping night in Crickhowell, and there will be plenty of craft stalls selling a variety of items. Llangattock Community Woodlands will have a table, stocked with our own honey, beeswax polish, beeswax decorations, wooden plant labels, decorative wooden stars, Christmas cards, and charcoal. 

In other news: this week we started work on siting a wooden bench alongside the ‘Llangattock Redwood’ . The tree came second in the 2017 contest for Wales’ Tree of the Year competition, run by the Woodland Trust. It attracts visitors from far and wide – soon they’ll have somewhere to sit as they look up at this giant!

Apple Day 2018

21st October is a special day in the calendar – the day we rejoice in the apple! As 21st was a Sunday this year we decided to hold our Apple Day celebration on Saturday 20th. After the horrors of last year’s Apple Day storm we behaved ourselves all week and were rewarded with weather more suited to August than October.

 

LACAS had borne the brunt of a badly timed late summer storm and their annual show had been cancelled. They very generously allowed us to pitch up and use their premises, tents, outdoor furniture and barbecue. This definitely contributed to the success of the day; there can’t be a more beautifully situated allotment site in the country. Bob Needs was, of course, the driving force behind our event, supplying not only his own macerator and apple presses but plenty of spare juice containers.

The day was very successful, with plenty of people turning up to have their own apple juice pressed, see the bees in the observation hive and to enjoy some delicious Cashell’s sausages.

Some of the Llangattock Community Woodlands products were for sale: honey, apple marmalade, Christmas cards and decorations, and charcoal made in the woodland.

As always our volunteers worked hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly. We’re all looking forward to next year’s party and hope to see even more people there.

 

Autumn is here…

 

CHRISTMAS  PLANNING & SATURDAY SUCCESS

Sorry!! Christmas is close so we have to start planning now.  Thought you might like to see a new product for our Christmas Fair in December.

Following on from last month’s newsletter we have now had our first Saturday Session which was a great success if not a little wet!  We had 12 new volunteers including lots of children.  The rain didn’t dampen the spirits so a special half term Story Telling session is to be arranged later in October and plans for the November session are coming together now.

 

Composting and toilets

The Survey is out.  Look on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YYY9LZY to complete the survey and support our Lottery Bid which will be going out sometime in December.  The Big Lottery feedback from our last application asked us to do a community survey so here it is.

 

APPLE DAY – 20 OCTOBER – Llangattock Allotments

We have joined up with LACAS this year to hold the Apple Day in the Allotments.  It is an international celebration which is held in October every year and we have supported the event for two years now.  This year we will be joining with LACAS and Llangattock Community Council to invite everyone to come along, press some apples, have some lunch and share in the work we do all year long. 

Start Time 12.00 Midday

Finish when all the apples have been pressed!!

Sausages and rolls available from the BBQ £1.00 a time

 

ALDER CARR LOTTERY 

The Alder Carr Lottery is something we now want to promote to support small projects in Llangattock Community Woodlands.  We raised nearly £300 last year and three people won prizes at the end of the year 1st prize £50 and two prizes of £25 each. We are looking to raise more money this year.  So if you would like to support us and perhaps be a happy winner please get in touch.

 

For more information please contact jackiecharltonlgv@gmail.com or andrewgpeach@gmail.com.  The Alder Carr Lottery is registered under the Gambling Act 2005 and has a Small Society Lotteries Registration Certificate.

Registration No:  LN/201600367

 

Bob Bee notes for October 2018

The honey harvest is well over now, our bees are collecting their stores ready to keep them alive through the next five or six months when foraging may well be restricted to an occasional flight outside of the hive when the weather permits.

Only a few years ago we were being told by scientists bees would die out if not chemically treated against the Varroa mite in some way. I was at a bee conference in September where speakers were asking the audience, “How many of you are treating your bees to get rid of the Varroa mite”?  About half the audience said they had.  However, it appears bees are finding some way to survive the mite without chemical treatments but no one had a precise reason why. We are being told that virus is the main reason for bees dying out and that there are several types. One theory is that the type of virus most common in British colonies is not so damaging that it will kill off the colony, some of our bees are able to resist it.  I have not used chemicals to remove the Varroa mites for many years now after finding a problem with one of my hives a few weeks after bringing them back from the heather moor. One of the hives still had the metal straps in place that I used to clamp the hive components together when moving hives. This meant I had not inserted the chemical impregnated plastic strips between the brood frames. My immediate reaction was to panic because the chemical strips were meant to be in the hive for six weeks before removing them and as it was then the beginning of October that meant I would be opening my colony up in November. I found a simple method to remove Varroa in a central science Laboratory brochure known as, “The inert powder method”. I immediately tried it on that one colony, after seeing how effective it was in such a short time, also used it on the others with the same result. The method is just dusting an inert powder such as flour, Icing sugar, or French chalk, over the bees so they preen themselves and in doing so knock off the mites that are clinging to the adult bees. This is most effective when there is no sealed brood in a colony where the mites life cycle takes place, so for instance when a swarm first arrives in the hive, or at a time of year when the Queen is not laying.  This month I will be checking all the colonies to see if they are ready to strap down for the winter.

 

Hope to see some of you at the Apple day in Llangattock allotments on October the 20th.

 

Bee Bob.

LCW Trustees are justly proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of all our volunteers. We meet regularly every Tuesday and you can find information on where and when we meet on our website www.lcwg.btck.co.uk.  If you are interested in environmental management, green wood crafts or bee keeping then please do get in touch.  Please email Eric Gower eric.gower@gmail.com for a membership form.