A big thank you to everyone for coming. We had a great day!
The bluebells are performing for the Bluebell Festival on Saturday. Hooray!
Carpets of bluebells are unique to the British Isles. They are what’s known as ‘indicator species’ for ancient woodland, as it takes hundreds of years for large populations of bluebells to form beneath the tree canopy. It is an intriguing thought that the first bluebell in Woolley Woods my have grown during the English Civil War, or even as the glaciers were retreating from Great Britain after the last Ice Age.
Whether Woolley wood’s bluebells are 350 or 10,000 years old, they are precious, beautiful and unique, and are worth looking after.
See you on Saturday!
An exciting two days – the first day we braved the weather in the woods. Bows were shaped below thunder and hail. The second day the Wincobank 61st Scouts kindly lent us their scout house, where the access to shelter and a kettle was well received. 8 bows were crafted, one broke whilst stringing – such is the nature of wood. The level of skill from the young people was impressive, and the perseverance despite adversity was something they should be very proud of. I think we have met some of the crafts people of the future!
The bows will be tested at the Bluebell festival on the 2nd May
Over hundreds of years, Woolley Wood in North Sheffield has the time to produce one of the most magnificent populations of Bluebells in South Yorkshire. To celebrate this, and the woodland’s rich industrial heritage we are holding the Bluebell Festival on the 2nd May. There will be activities for the whole family!
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Robin Hood himself may have roamed Woolley Wood beneath the grandparents of the trees that grow there now. He may even have carried with him a longbow made from fine Sheffield ash wood.
At Easter we are going to be following in his footsteps and craft bows of our own, with the help of master craftsman Henk Littlewood. We will be testing the bows out along with other Archery Skills at the Bluebell Festival on the 2nd May.
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