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Despite the scorching the summer, golf course is in good heart [no matter what you may read in the papers]. There has been some tree work necessary for trees actually on the course, which has needed professional arborists, rather than the volunteers, to achieve. A fallen tree in the wood, parallell to the path to the old wood yard, has been dealt with as far as possible by the volunteers, but will need a bit more work later in the year.
Disappointingly, the picnic area, particularly the new picnic table, has been subject to vandalism again, with a portably barbecue being lit on it and scorching the top. This is particularly irritating as the volunteers have constructed a stone-topped platform so that barbecues can be used in relative safety. Thoughtlessness again. Fortunately, the damage is not as bad as that to the original picnic table last year.
At the AGM, held as usual in the picnic area in May, Jill Arnold announced that she would be retiring from the Friends of Batchwood committee. Jill was a founder member of FoB, indeed the original driving force, canvassing local residents about the need for a group to stand up for the whole environment of Batchwood, and not let it be swamped by an ugly extension to the tennis centre. That campaign was largely successful and FoB has continued to be involved with the environment of Batchwood, improving the woodland, which had been neglected for many years, in consultation with the District Council and Countryside Management. Without Jill’s, and her late husband Paul’s efforts, Batchwood would not look as good as it does today. So thank you, Jill, for all your work over the 20 years of FoB.