Look how rewarding our working parties are!


Here we are in action in the Gunpowder Works, coppicing straggly hazel and encouraging new growth.

We meet at the weekends several times a year and spend a good morning in the fresh air, doing something really useful and helping to preserve our heritage site as a peaceful place for a quiet walk, and a haven for wildlife, including dormice.

Do feel free to join us at our next working party. Come for as long, or as short a time as you can spare – you will be welcome. Meet at the picnic area at the bottom of Vera’s path.

Countryside Wardens Nick and Alison work with the group, provide tools and even a drink. They check on safety and ensure everything we do contributes to the Management Plan for this historic site.


3 thoughts on “Look how rewarding our working parties are!

  1. I live in Halfpenny Close Chilworth, backing onto the powder mills and each time recently that I have walked my, and my daughter’s dogs down the main pathway they have been sick afterwards. I notice that the “little bridge” under the pathway at the back of our houses has been sprayed to kill off weeds.I am concerned that this could be not only upsetting our dogs but also the wildlife in the area which is rather worrying. I would be grateful for your thoughts on this. Thank you.
    Angela Davy. 20 Halfpenny Close, Chilworth

    • Thank you for the comment Angela and Roger. We are passing your comments on to the Countryside Wardens who help manage this area on behalf of GBC. We are aware that the whole of the river is being taken over by Himalayan Balsam, a plant on the invasive species list that is bound to be controlled by the Countryside Wardens. Various methods, including spraying, have to be involved. A manual pull of this pretty but invasive pest plant will happen on July 10th in the Gunpowder Mills.

      • Angela and Roger -please find this reply from GBC in answer to your comment –
        For the last 6 years we have used chemicals to clear the vegetation from the building remains as we cannot strim for fear of damaging the brick work. We sprayed the site 4 weeks ago but it can take up to two weeks for the plants to start dying back. We spray a maximum for two times a year. The chemical we use is the same as you would buy in your local DIY centre for your garden, just slightly stronger. We choose warm, dry days to spray so that the chemical is absorbed and dry on the plant within one hour. Any animal would have to eat a lot of recently sprayed grass and weeds to become ill. If this was the case they would just vomit and have no long lasting illness. The Countryside Team would never use a chemical dangerous to the public or their animals unless absolutely necessary and there would always be a cordoned off area and warning signage in this instance.
        If you need any further information please get in touch at countryside@guildford.gov.uk.

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