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We are delighted the Parish Council have given us the go ahead to start work on the Harris Woodbridge Wild Garden, our very own nature reserve! We are now asking for volunteers to help us on the following day: Day : Sunday 18th November 10 am – 3 pm Where: Off Dean Lane, Cookham Dean – 50 yards after Warners Hill in the Marlow direction, turn right at the last house on the right, take the path on the right of the track. Go up hill for 150 yards with the field on the right, where the field ends there is a wooden fence leading you to the gate into the Harris Woodbridge Wild Garden.- Map ref:[masked] For health and safety reasons at this early stage, I'm afraid we have to stipulate NO CHILDREN and NO DOGS. This is due to sharp tools and unknown terrain. What to bring: Please bring lunch and a drink, and garden tools - put some form of identification on them. You'll need gardening gloves and suitable footwear too. A number of jobs have been identified for this date: start weeding out the Periwinkle, cut back the brambles, buddleia and other shrubs, remove part of the plastic wired fence, the pond, make some insect hotels and clear the North wall.

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Who are we?

Local people taking care of wildlife and sharing our passion and knowledge in a practical and fun way in the parish of Cookham.

What is our vision?

By 2019 we will have a Cookham plan for wildlife and nature that stands alongside, and has equal status to, the Village Design Statement and is adopted by the Parish Council and the borough planners.

What are we doing?

· Planning a calendar of local events and activities such as guided walks and talks

· Running practical campaigns and initiatives to enrich habitats such as:

o Wildlife and natural gardening – educating people about the importance of their gardens and creating wildlife corridors through gardens for hedgehogs and many other animals. Promoting the use of natural and non-chemical substances in the garden.

o Leaving verges and meadows long, not cutting until after flowers have seeded, and planting wildflowers on verges as food sources for bees and other insects

o Not cutting hedges and trees between Feb and Aug while birds are still nesting

o Securing habitat and nest boxes for certain birds such as House Martins and encouraging the use of Swift bricks in new-build properties

o Reducing light pollution

· Updating the Cookham Wildlife web pages on

· Offering wildlife advice and building a community of interest through a dedicated wildlife forum on

Who is supporting us?

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