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Our Winter schedule of work for 2019-20 has now started: Please see EVENTS page for schedule. We will having working parties every two weeks as in previous years. Part of this this will be to thin out the younger trees in Wibury wood to allow room for good growth be the remaining saplings. This work, part of the current Five Year Plan, aims to give more space for the existing trees along with some replanting to maintain the woodland for future generations. Whilst doing this work we have been creating habitat piles which are a home and a source of food for many animals. These woodland management plans follow the guidelines of the Forestry Commission and the Wildlife Trust. Some people have admired the work and a few people have reservations about the size and extent of the work. We believe that we are treating the Common correctly but welcome any views from people who have concerns.
New Five Year Action Plan for Norton Common
A new Greenspace Action Plan is now being prepared for the common by the countryside Management Service (CMS). He draft version can be seen at the following web address: https://www.north-herts.gov.uk/sites/northherts-cms/files/GAP%20Briefing%20Document%20Norton%20Common%202020%20-%202025.pdf
We have still not seen any sign of this disease on Norton Common, although it was confirmed some time ago on Weston Hills in Baldock. It is probably just a matter of time before it reaches Norton Common where it could have a devastating effect, since a majority of the mature trees on the common are Ash. If you see any evidence of the disease please notify us by using our contact email. Alternatively notify the forestry commission at the web site given below.
In order to prevent the disease spreading we urge you to make sure you clean and dry your footwear at home after leaving site, and make sure you have clean footwear before coming on site.
We are now on Facebook
We are pleased to announce that we now have a Facebook page. If you use Facebook then please sign in and give us your thoughts and photos. https://www.facebook.com/friendsofnortoncommon
Norton Common is a Green Flag Award Winner
The Friends of Norton Common (FoNC) is a voluntary group working to preserve the precious habitat of Norton Common for both the people and wildlife of Letchworth. Working in consultation with the Countryside Management Service (CMS) and North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC), we push forward with work, solving issues on the site and holding monthly work parties to carry out conservation tasks.
Nestled in the heart of Letchworth Garden City, Norton Common Nature Reserve is a haven for people and wildlife. Starting life as arable and grazing land many hundreds of years ago, the town of Letchworth was built around it in 1903 by town planners who saw its potential as a place where the town’s citizens could connect with nature. Generations since have used this green space to walk in, run, cycle and play. Many visit to see the wildlife that is on their doorstep.
Now, more than ever, the Common is alive with wildlife. Orange tip and meadow brown butterflies dance from wildflower to wildflower, birds such as chiff chaffs and blackcaps share their song and mammals like the black squirrel and muntjac deer peek out from behind trees. Pix Brook meanders through the site providing a vitally important source of water and creating rare marshy grassland where dragonflies and the pink spires of orchids can be spotted during summer months.
The Friends of Norton Common are an Associate Group under LALG and we would like to thank them for their ongoing support and help in our work to promote and conserve the Common. LALG is a unique organisation with such a wide range of interests. If you have not already come across them then have a look at their website (www.lalg.org.uk)
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