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Maybush Copse Friends is a residents group set up to manage the Maybush Copse site
Maybush Copse Community Woodland
contact Maybush Copse Friends at info@maybushcopse.info
for the history, see below
Maybush Copse is an 8 acre site purchased in 2009 by the Chichester Harbour Trust, with support from the Chichester Harbour Conservancy, the Parish Councils of Southbourne and Chidham & Hambrook, and donations from over 180 local residents. It is maintained with the help of local residents, The Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Friends of Chichester Harbour and other volunteers.
Where is the entrance to Maybush Copse? The entrance to Maybush Copse is in Cot lane, about 200m south of The Barleycorn, or 50m past the Maybush Drive turning on the right hand side as you go south. The nearest postcode is PO18 8SP
The Woodland Trust made a short video about Maybush Copse -  the film is live on Youtube at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHwWW3TAj0c
The first cuckoo of 2017 was heard on April 23
The first Turtle Dove of 2017 was heard on May 23
Soprano pipistrelles and myotis bats - May 2nd.
Painted Lady butterfly - May 30th
Sunday
June 18th
12 noon
to 3pm Maybush Copse, Cot Lane
Big Lunch Picnic
and community games
Tractor rides - games - wellywanging and French cricket -

Bring a picnic and join the fun! (all free!)

posted June 1
We have a blackboard for visitors to record their sightings. You would be surprised by some of the creatures recently spotted in the Copse!
Sightings include :
Jan Kestrel, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Wren, Robin, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, grey squirrels, Roe deer, Buzzards, Carrion Crow , Goldfinches, Chaffinch, Dunnock.
Feb Jay, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Wren, Wood Pigeon, Pheasant, Violets, snowdrops, grey squirrels, deer, Buzzards, Carrion Crow, Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Goldfinches,
Mar Peacock, Brimstone Butterflies, Magpies, Great Tits, Goldfinches, Blackbirds, Rabbits, Greenfinches, Green woodpecker, Chaffinches, Merlin, Grey squirrel,
Apr Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock butterflies, Chiff Chaff, Blue tits, Great Tits, Blackbirds, Bumble bee, Primrose, Goldfinches, Woodpecker, Toad, Slow worm, Deer, Rabbit Cuckoo! Buzzard,
May Cuckoo, Deer, Grass snake, Rabbits, slowworms, butterflies, bumble bees, Buzzard, Turtle Dove, Swifts, Goldfinch, Blackbirds, Woodpecker, Bird'sfoot trefoil, Whitethroat, Clouded Yellow! Comfrey
Jun Birdsfoot Trefoil looking a picture with some clover and self heal. Lots of meadow browns, masses of elderflower in bloom. Comfrey. Bee orchids! and Turtle Doves.
July Butterflies - Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Whites, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstones and Painted Lady. Common Blues and Clouded Yellows arrived at the end of the month.
Aug Speckled wood, Common blue, Clouded yellow butterflies, Roe deer, rabbits, fox,
Sep Roe deer, rabbits, fox, Jay, Green woodpecker, woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch. Blackbird,
Oct Roe deer, rabbits, fox, Jay, Green woodpecker, woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch. Blackbird,
Nov Roe deer, rabbits, fox, Kestrel, Jay, Green woodpecker, woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch. Blackbird,
Dec Roe deer, rabbits, fox, Jay, Green woodpecker, woodpigeon, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch. Blackbird
List of species observed in Maybush Copse as at Dec 2015
- list incomplete, especially the insects (if you can help with any observations your help would be very welcome.)
Record species with iRecord here - iRecord is a website for sharing wildlife observations, including associated photos – you can register quickly and for free.
Where is the entrance to Maybush Copse? The entrance to Maybush Copse is in Cot lane, about 200m south of The Barleycorn, or about 50m past the Maybush Drive turning on the right hand side as you go south. The nearest postcode is PO18 8SP
Jan 7th 2016 - At the request of the Parish Council, Chichester District Council has installed a Waste bin outside Maybush Copse. Bagged dog waste is accepted.
The bin will be emptied by Chichester District Council on a weekly basis.
Let's keep Maybush Copse clean
Jan 29th 2016 The Chichester District Council Dog Warden, visited Maybush Copse at the request of Maybush Copse Friends Committee. He advised that Dog Fouling is an offence and, if reported, could incur a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £50 - £80. You must keep your dog under control in Maybush Copse. Any dog that is dangerously out of control will be reported to the Dog Warden or the Police.
Here is a link to some recent photos taken on the site
If you have a photo you would like to send to the website, please email it to info@maybushcopse.info
Become a member of Maybush Copse Friends
Life Membership £25 or Voluntary Annual membership £5
(download a membership form)

Print the form and return it to the address shown.
You can c ontact Maybush Copse Friends at info@maybushcopse.info
Maybush Copse from above - Work in progress - Bing (taken during the summer of 2012, we believe)
We are grateful
to the following organisations that have made grants or donations to help pay for the improvement of the site
The Chichester Harbour Conservancy
The Forestry Commission English Woodland Grant Scheme
Three Harbours and Coastal Plain RDPE LEADER programme
Southbourne Parish Council
Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council
The Old House at Home
Waitrose
Southern Water
Southbourne Lions
West Sussex County Council - CLC Community Initiative Fund
Linden Homes
Chichester District Council (Local Character Enhancement Grant)

Kingsbridge Estates have donated 1000 tonnes of soil.
Taylor Wimpey
 
Sat 24th Sept.
Maybush Copse
10am - 2pm
Apple Day at Maybush Copse
Can you donate some apples? We can collect, pick and windfalls
email me
posted Sept 16
Come along and make some fresh apple juice - wash, chop and press the apples. It's a fun free event. Bring a chopping board and knife if you can, and a container for the juice.
Interested in helping in a Voluntary Group in the Chichester Area? CHICHESTER CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS (CCV) carry out practical countryside conservation on most Sundays throughout the year and always welcome new volunteers.
posted Sept 27
Saturday
Sep 3
8pm
Maybush Copse,

Astronomy and Batwalk evening. (postponed)
See as far as the eye can see (the stars), and hear what the ear mostly can't hear (the Bats of Maybush Copse and their ultrasonic echolocation calls - with the help of a bat detector) The numbers for this event have to be limited - Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
If you wanted to come, sorry - we are fully booked.

 
Monday
Mar 21st
7.30pm
St Wilfrid's, Broad Rd
Maybush Copse Friends AGM.
A short AGM and Chairman's report, followed by a talk by Colin Falla about the Harbour Honey Project and the Maybush Copse Bees.
Refreshments
All residents are welcome.
Sat Sept 26
Maybush Copse
Apple Day
A fun community event for all ages making fresh apple juice from apples donated from all round the village.
Sunday
June 7th
12 noon
to 3pm Maybush Copse, Cot Lane
Big Lunch Picnic
and community games
Chidham Ukulele Band - tractor rides - games - wellywanging and French cricket -

Bring a picnic and join the fun! (all free!)

posted June 5
May Gathering
Saturday
May 2nd
A good turn out, super cakes and biscuits, drinks. We did some excellent work sprucing up the Copse.. Sadly not enough children came along, so the children's activities we had planned will be saved for another occasion.
posted May 7 2015
Saturday
May 2nd
10am - noon
Maybush Copse
May Gathering -
Spring cleaning and Family Activities
Everyone - the whole family - is welcome.
Help build a bug hotel - Children's Treasure Hunt - Formation Lawn Mowing, plus general activities to set Maybush Copse up for the Summer. Refreshments.

posted Apr 24
First Cuckoo?
A cuckoo was heard yesterday, Sunday April 26th
in Maybush Orchard, Cot Lane opposite Maybush Copse
Have anyone heard a cuckoo this year before that?
posted Apr 27
2015 Events programme:
May 2nd Spring Gathering 10am -12, fun work party - formation lawnmowing?
June 7th Big Lunch 12 - 4pm Picnic, fun and games
Sept 26th Apple Day 10-2 pm Apple Juice pressing - blood toil sweat and apple juice.
Mon
Mar 30th
7.30pm
St Wilfrid's Hall
Broad Rd
The 2015 AGM - Maybush Copse Friends
 
All the usual excitement, plus “Dealing with Alien Pests and Diseases” with our Speaker, Andrew Gaunt, Plant Health and Seeds Inspector, West Sussex
Animal and Plant Health Agency (An executive Agency of DEFRA)
plus refreshments - All welcome

Websites referred to by our speaker    
   Citizen Science: OPAL           
www.opalexplorenature.org
   ObservaTREE                           www.observatree.org.uk
   Tree Alert App.                         www.forestry.gov.uk/ treealert

Sat
Feb 7th
10am
Maybush Copse, Cot Lane
Maybush Copse Work Party
(Our First Saturday of the month event)
posted Feb 6
Main tasks - Cot Lane verge repair, tree tlc and path repair. Please bring spades for levelling the verge, tools to cut back vegetation etc.
Wear sensible clothes, gloves and stout footwear as usual. All welcome.
Wed
Oct 1st
10am
Maybush Copse, Cot Lane
Maybush Copse (First day of the month) Work Party  
Cutting back vegetation to keep paths clear or barrowing woodchips to replenish the paths. If you can, please bring a wheelbarrow and garden fork or shovel, orshears or similar for cutting back the vegetation.
Wear sensible clothes, gloves and stout footwear as usual. All welcome
Appeal to Maybush Copse walkers posted Aug 29
Please do not trespass on the fields next to Maybush Copse. There is no footpath due south along the edge of the west side of Maybush Copse. When leaving Maybush Copse by the western exit, if you turn left you are trespassing and damaging the farmer’s field. We have the footpath that goes west to Kia Ora by kind permission of the farmer, and dogs must be kept under control. If you continue to trespass, the permitted footpath and exit from (and entry to) the Copse here may be closed.
Mon
14 July
7.30pm
Maybush Copse
Monday Evening Work Party:
Cut back encroaching vegetation, path weeding,

Please wear appropriate clothing - Gloves, stout shoes.
Bring tools - shears, scythe, weeding tool or whatever you have
Everyone welcome - its just a guess, but we may end up in the pub
posted
July 11
Flaming June - Maybush Copse in colour!
posted June 22
Have you been to Maybush Copse very recently? The grassy areas have a mass of bright yellow birdsfoot trefoil and are an absolute picture. Also keep a lookout for the common blue butterfly.
Thur
22 May 10am
Stop Press - Cuckoo and Turtle Dove in Maybush Copse
Work Party: .General tidy up - joint work party with Friends of Chichester Harbour led by Conservancy Rangers. Gloves, stout shoes. If you would like to help with manual weeding, there are all the prickly thistles you can cope with, and more besides. Bring a weeding tool (an old chisel works well).
Thur
22 May 10am
Stop Press - Cuckoo and Turtle Dove in Maybush Copse
Work Party: .General tidy up - joint work party with Friends of Chichester Harbour led by Conservancy Rangers. Gloves, stout shoes. If you would like to help with manual weeding, there are all the prickly thistles you can cope with, and more besides. Bring a weeding tool (an old chisel works well).
Bank Holiday Monday
May 5
12 noon

Spring Gathering and Picnic
at Maybush Copse (a free event)
..Tractor rides, .wheelbarrow race, welly wanging..
... Tog o' war ... The Chidham Ukulele band ...
a picnic and some fun and games for all.
Sun 27 Apr 10am
Lawn mower and weeding party - all welcome
If you have a lawn mower that can cope with rough ground , bring it along and practice formation weed topping with a bunch of like minded enthusiasts. If not, but you would like to help with a little weeding in the grassy area, there are all the thistles you can cope with, and more besides. For weeding, wear gloves, bring a bucket and weeding tool (an old chisel works well)
April 13th: We have purchased a Kestrel box from the RSPB and fixed it in one of the larger trees. Kestrels have been seen on several occasions on site. It may be too late for this year, but in time we hope kestrels will make use if it.
Mon March 24
7.30pm
St Wilfrid's Church Hall,
Broad Road
Maybush Copse Friends
AGM

A lot is going on. We need your support
Our speaker is Sarah Hughes - CDC Community Wildlife Officer.
Everyone welcome - Refreshments afterwards
10 March 2014. Maybush Orchard Planning Application (Land East of Cot Lane, Chidham)
planning ref: CH/13/03978/FUL     Residential development 25 dwellings
Orchard Homes and Developments have now put in their planning application for Maybush Orchard. The application was validated on Feb 28, 2014
You can object on line to the planning application on the CDC planning website here.
Some reasons why you might object - see here
download a Proforma letter (pdf)
Sat 15th Feb .
10-12am
Maybush Copse
Work Party and Cider tasting
(Is the cider drinkable? Be the first to find out!)
We need to replenish the woodchip paths and have a general tidy up. Please bring your wheelbarrow for moving the woodchips to where they are needed and shovel/rake.
Wear stout footwear and gardening gloves
Sat Oct 19th
Apple Day event at Maybush Copse
What do you need to make apple juice?
A whole lot of apples ........
An excellent community event.
see the report and photos
posted Oct 20
Sat 19th Oct. Maybush Copse - Apple Day - juice and cider event .
Have you got surplus apples on a tree and are happy to have them picked?
If so, please get in touch by return email or phone 572059
Friday Oct 18th
Volunteers needed to pick apples. Meet 2pm
at Maybush Copse
Saturday Oct 19th
Maybush Copse Start at 9.30am for the main event
Everyone is welcome. We need volunteers to wash and cut up the apples, scratter them, and press the juice. If you are not sure what scrattering involves, come along and find out. Activities for all the family, and everyone can share in the fruits of our labour! Any queries - email or phone me on 572059.
Event sponsored by Maybush Copse Friends, Chidham Community Cider Club, and Chidham and Hambrook Sustainability Network.
Sun 6th Oct.

Maybush Copse
Autumn Gathering
Autumn work party with games and refreshments .
posted Sept 27
Wed Sept 18
10am
Maybush Copse

Maybush Copse Work Party - All welcome.
This will be a joint work party led by Conservancy Rangers with The Friends of Chichester Harbour. Volunteers needed for various tasks inc cut back vegetation, weed paths, etc grassy area thistle weeding (bucket and old chisel), stone picking etc, depending on conditions under foot. Please wear sensible clothes, gloves, and stout footwear .
Picnic on the Grass!
a lovely old fashioned community event - June 2, 2013
see the pictures
Volunteers needed for weeding - thistle removal. We need to remove' picnic unfriendly' thistles from the large grassy area before the 'Picnic on the Grass' on June 2nd. Come when you can (anytime) with gloves a bucket and weeder or old chisel.
Work Party There will be a work party on Sat June 1st at 10am to tidy up ahead of the Picnic. Please wear sensible clothes, gloves, and stout footwear .
STOP PRESS! Maybush Copse Cuckoo heard at 5.20am today May 22nd.
Sun
June 2nd
12.30

Maybush Copse

Picnic on the Grass!
Bring a picnic, bring your friends! At last the grassy areas will be opened to the public. You may want to bring a picnic rug to sit on. There will be music (acoustic) , and some games for the children. Parachute, Jenga, Rounders, Badminton, Boules, Tractor Trailer rides Queries? Tel 572059

Wed
April 24
10am
Maybush Copse
Maybush Copse Work Party All welcome.
This will be a joint work party led by Conservancy Rangers with The Friends of Chichester Harbour. Volunteers needed for Tree TLC, and nettle cutting,, weeding (bucket and old chisel), stone picking (old screwdriver + bucket) etc, depending on conditions under foot.. Please wear sensible clothes, gloves, and stout footwear .
Saturday April 6th. 2013
John Arnott led a morning Bird/wildlife walk round Maybush Copse. see more
If you have an interest in birds or the natural world, wWould you like to join our team of naturalist volunteers? You don't have to be an expert
April 1

First Day of the Month Maybush Copse Work Party
(Easter Monday)
Work Party Postponed
Mon Mar 25
7.30pm
St Wilfrid's Church Hall, Broad Road, 7.30pm
Maybush Copse Friends AGM
and speaker Sarah Hughes, Community Wildlife Officer, Chichester District Council and refreshments afterwards.
Come along and see what's been going on, what's going to be done next and how you can be involved!
Fri Mar 1
10am
(to noon)
First Day of the Month Maybush Copse Work Party
posted Feb 26
Volunteers needed for a variety of tasks. We will be spreading wood chippings on the informal pathway. Can you bring a wheelbarrow, shovel, rake?
Also weeding and cutting vegetation, stone picking etc, (shears, bucket, old chisel).
Please wear sensible clothes, gloves, and stout footwear.
2013
Maybush Copse in the snow
Satellite photography from Google and Bing
Before - Google
Work in progress - Bing (taken during the summer of 2012, we believe)

Thanks to Waitrose Chichester

Waitrose staff are doing two days volunteering at Maybush Copse
Monday Oct 15th and Tuesday Oct 16th
Saturday,
Sept 15 at 10am
Monday,

Oct 1st at 10am
Maybush Copse Work Parties
Gardening volunteers needed

posted Sep 11
Vegetation/Nettle cutting (shears etc), Grassy area weeding (pointy trowel?), stone picking (bucket and old screwdriver) etc,
Bring tools gloves, sensible clothes and stout footwear .
Tuesday,
Sept 11at 10am

Saturday,
Sept 15 at 10am
Maybush Copse Work Parties
Gardening volunteers needed

posted Sep 6
Vegetation/Nettle cutting (shears etc), Grassy area weeding (pointy trowel?), stone picking (bucket and old screwdriver) etc,
Bring tools gloves, sensible clothes and stout footwear .
Aug 2012: The grassy area has made some progress, but still has some way to go
Mon Aug 13 10am
Maybush Copse Work Party All welcome.
posted Aug 9
Various tasks: Vegetation cutting (shears etc), Tree care, path weeding, stone picking (bucket and old screwdriver) etc, Bring tools gloves, sensible clothes and stout footwear .
Wed June 6
7pm - 8pm
Maybush Copse Work Party All welcome.
posted May 25
Various tasks: Vegetation cutting (shears etc), Tree care, path weeding, fallen branch removal (hand saw), stone picking (bucket and old screwdriver) etc, Bring tools gloves, sensible dress and stout footwear .
May 2012 News A Buzzard was present on site for an extended period of time (Sat 26th), a Cuckoo heard on site at the weekend (Sat 26/Sun 27th), Blue tits are now occupying many of the birdboxes that the school children made, and a grass snake was seen under one of the reptile refuges by one of our volunteer recorders.
Visiting Maybush Copse
Maybush Copse is open to all.

To find Maybush Copse on Google Maps the postcode is PO18 8SP

The main access to the site is from Cot Lane, about 200m south of the The Barleycorn, on the right hand side as you go south. Parking is limited so please come to the site on foot or bicycle, if possible. Cars can be parked on the verge, but keep well off the road because Cot lane is also used by wide agricultural vehicles and lorries.

Access is restricted to footpaths only (until the grass has got established).
Entrance from Cot lane is by a 'kissing' gate for pedestrian and wheelchair access or a kissing gate (pedestrian only) at the north west corner of the site.

Paths include a 140m wheelchair accessible path, and 550m of woodchip surfaced path within the site, and a permissive footpath from the northwest corner of the site connecting up with other harbour footpaths by the Kia-ora nursery, giving access to the site from Nutbourne Prinsted and Southbourne.

Dogs are permitted on the site, but owners are asked to keep them under close control, and remove any dogmess as they would in any other public space.
Horses and bicycles are not permitted on the site.

Maybush Copse Photos
The Bird Boxes made and decorated by the children of Chidham School are now in use.
See latest Maybush Copse Photos
posted
May 14
Easter Saturday April 7
Maybush Copse now open
see the photos of the opening
and so is the permissive footpath that links up with other harbour footpaths to the west
Become a member of Maybush Copse Friends
(download a membership form)

Print the form and return it to the address shown.
You can c ontact Maybush Copse Friends at info@maybushcopse.info
A note about the biodiversity and what can be found in Maybush Copse
These are the types of trees we have planted.
Oak, Hazel, Field Maple, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Ash, Alder Buckthorn, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Goat Willow, Spindle, and Holly

Maybush Copse official opening - Easter Saturday (April 7th) at 10am

Maybush Copse will be opened on Easter Saturday (April 7th) at 10am. The announcement was made at the AGM on Monday night.

It will be a low key event and access will be restricted to footpaths only to start with. Entrance is by a 'kissing' gate for pedestrian and wheelchair access. The main gate will be kept locked except for occasional vehicle access. The public are asked to keep to the paths, and keep off the 'grassy' areas which have been seeded. Once the grass has grown we will have a Grand Opening, and a bit of a party.

Thanks for your support. Without your help we wouldn't have Maybush Copse. I do hope you will come on Easter Saturday to the opening.

Stephen Johnson - Chairman Maybush Copse Friends

The AGM March 26, 2012 in St Wilfrid's
Nicky Horter from Chichester harbour conservancy gave a presentation updating members on the progress made. It was announced that the site would be opened on Easter Saturday.
Guest Speaker was Ann de Potier who spoke about the wonderful Chichester Harbour environment.
Diana Beale introducing Ann de Potier
Recenty activity -
a Friends of Chichester Harbour Work party
Schools involved with Maybush Copse - making bird boxes and bat boxes
Bird Boxes made and decorated by children at Chidham School
Children from Southbourne Junior School and the bat boxes they made.
Children from Chidham School visited the site to see their Bird Boxes in operation.
Thanks to Mark ODell for these lovely photos taken in Maybush Copse on March 10, 2012 with a camera trap.
Roe Deer 1
Roe Deer - 2
Monday
March 26
7.30pm
St Wilfrids, Broad Road
Maybush Copse Friends AGM
posted Mar 9
Come and hear about the progress and the latest news on when we will be able to open the site to the general public. After the formalities we have a guest speaker Anne de Potier, and then informal discussion and refreshments. The meeting is open to everyone.
Thur
8 Mar
10am - 12
Maybush Copse Work Party (1)
All welcome. This is a joint work party with the Friends of Chichester Harbour supervised by a Conservancy Ranger. Main task is remedial work on the grassy areas. Please bring gloves, sensible clothing and stout footwear, and your garden rake and/or bucket.
posted Mar 1
AGM
St Wilfrids
March 26
Sat
10 Mar
10am - 12
Maybush Copse Residents Work Party (2)
All welcome. Main task is remedial work on the grassy areas. Please bring gloves, sensible clothing and stout footwear, and your garden rake and/or bucket.
posted Mar 1
AGM
St Wilfrids
March 26
Sat
25 Feb 10am - 12
Maybush Copse Work Party
All welcome. This will be a general tidy up, and brambles control. We especially want to clear up any glass or other rubbish visible from the paths. Please wear stout footwear, sensible clothing and gloves. If you can, bring a bucket for rubbish collection, or tools for cutting back brambles etc
Note for your diary AGM
St Wilfrids
March 26
News Update - Feb 2012
If you have looked over the gate at the entrance to Maybush Copse recently, you will have seen that the grass and wildflower mix which was sown back in October on the grassy areas has made very limited progress. It may be because the grass is a slow growing type designed to reduce the amount of mowing required and germination is also slower than normal.
The result is we are clearly not in a position to open the site yet, and the grass will not be ready for people to walk on for a while.

Most of the work on the site has been completed. We are moving towards a programme on management and maintenance. Children at Chidham school have made 20 bird boxes which will be placed in trees in the site in time for the breeding season. We also plan to place some bat boxes on the site.

We are also recruiting volunteers to record the different fauna and flora – birds, insects, trees and shrubs, wild flowers, mammals, reptiles and amphibians - of the site on a regular basis. It will be good to know what we have, and to see how the balance of species changes with time.

For a more comprehensive update, and a chance to ask any questions, the AGM will be on Monday March 26th at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid's, Broad Road, Nutbourne.
Wed
18 Jan 10am - 12
Maybush Copse Midweek Work Party

All welcome. Please bring gloves, nettle proof clothing and stout footwear. This is a joint work party with the Friends of Chichester Harbour supervised by a Conservancy Ranger. Main task is replanting the trees that didn't make it.

Happy New Year!
Sat 26 Nov 10am
Sun 27 Nov 2pm
Maybush Copse Weekend Work Parties

We need to have a go at pulling up nettles, cutting back brambles etc and have a bit of a tidy up. Please can you spare a little time to help? Please have gloves, weather and nettle proof old clothing and stout footwear. If you can, bring something to cut back nettles, or a bucket for rubbish

posted Nov 22
Tue
4 Oct 10am - 12
Maybush Copse Midweek Work Party

All welcome. Please bring gloves, nettle proof clothing and stout footwear. This is a joint work party with the Friends of Chichester Harbour supervised by a Conservancy Ranger.
Tools will be provided

posted Oct 2
Thur
15 Sept 10am - 12
September Midweek Work Party

All welcome. Please bring gloves, nettle proof clothing and stout footwear. This is a joint work party with the Friends of Chichester Harbour supervised by a Conservancy Ranger.
Tools will be provided

posted Sept 5
Monday 15 Aug
Wed
17 Aug 6.30pm
Maybush Copse Evening Work Parties

All welcome. Please bring gloves and stout footwear. Also buckets for picking up stones, litter and debris, and/or shears or similar for cutting back the vegetation.
Come and see the progress!

Aug 2011 - news update
Paths and Fencing completed
New fencing has been completed along the Cot Lane side of the site, along with the new gates.
The other footpaths have also now been completed - the wheelchair path and the woodchip surface paths.
We plan some work parties to tidy things up. Then the next job is to sow a grass/wild flower seed mix on the grassy areas. August is not a good time for this - we need cooler weather and some rain which is always possible in August, but not guaranteed. The grass needs time to grow, and we need approval of the work by the local authorities.
I hope we will be able to open the site around the end of October.

July 2011 - news update
Soil cover system completed
The process of laying geotextile over the planned grassy areas and covering it with 1000 tonnes of soil has been completed. This involved almost 50 vehicle loads of soil being brought on to the site
Site layout planned
Next we plan to sow a grass/wild flower seed mix across these areas. Before we can consider the project comple, the work will need to be approved by the local authorities. I don't know quite when we will be able to open the site but around the end of October seems likely.
The wheel chair accessible path has been completed. Alterations have been made to the entrance.
Work is about to start on the other paths
Wed June 22
Work Party
7pm
Early Evening Work Party
(7pm for an hour or so. We may end up in the pub
)
We need to clear nettles and other vegetation from around the planted trees. Stout shoes/boots - may be muddy in places, gloves and sensible clothing. Please bring shears or similar.

June 2011 - news update 2
Works starts on grassy areas
The process of laying geotextile over the planned grassy areas and covering it with soil has started. Work has also started on the paths, and new gate and front fence.
Site layout planned
Once the soil has been spread, we will sow a grass/wild flower seed mix and hope that it rains....
Above is the view looking south over Chichester Harbour from the planned location for one of the bench seats where the footpath meets the southern edge of the site.

news update June 2011
Works starts on grassy areas
Firstly the top surface is scraped and various creatures rescued and relocated. see photos. About 30 Toads, and a handful of slow worms and voles were rescued.
Next the areas will be leveled, and then geotextile laid and soil will be brought on to the site.
Site layout planned
The cover plan requires a thousand tonnes of soil, which has kindly been donated by Kingsbridge Estates. 1000 tonnes sounds a lot but it is quite a large area to cover.
The ecological management plan for Maybush Copse
by Lindsay Carrington Ecological services for the Chichester Harbour Conservancy.
posted May 11 2011
June 1st
2011
Update
Work Party (June 1st) - the party cleared ferns and nettles from around the planted trees and cleared nettles from the planned paths. The trees need rain.
Grassy areas: The work has not yet started on the soil cover for the grassy areas. However we think this will now start in the next few weeks.
Wednesday June 1st
10am - 12am
Work Party (we need your help)
a variety of tasks - tree care and maintenance, glass picking, nettle bashing, so nettle proof clothing. stout shoes and gloves are advised.
posted May 27
Wednesday May 18th
10am - 12am
Work Party
a variety of tasks - tree care and maintenance, watering, nettle bashing. This will be a combined work party with the Friends of Chichester Harbour
posted May 17
21 April
from 7.30pm
at The Old House at Home
Maybush Copse
Prize Draw
A great evening
see photos/report
posted Apr 26
Thanks to John Huetson at The Old House at Home for supporting and hosting the event.
April 8th 2011. The Trustees of the Chichester Harbour Trust visit Maybush Copse
(They picked a nice day for it.)
Apart from blackthorn in blossom, there are several clumps of daffodils, primroses, and there will be bluebells and wild garlic.
Monday
March 28th

at 7.30pm
Maybush Copse Friends
AGM

St. Wilfrid's Church Hall
Broad Road
Guest speaker-
Sir Jeremy Thomas, KCMG Chairman of the Chichester Harbour Trust
Sunday
March 27th

3pm

Maybush Copse Friends
Litter Pick
Lots of rubbish was collected and put in the skip for removal. Thanks to everyone who turned out.
Feb 17th 2011:
Chidham School, Southbourne Juniors and Southbourne Infants
School
visit Maybush Copse to plant trees.


Chairman of Southbourne Parish Council Chris Bulbeck presents cheque to Maybush Copse Friends to help with site improvement
Sunday Jan 30 2pm
Last minute Sunday afternoon work party, treasure hunt and Bonfire
Great turn out, and a lot of rubbish collected

It was a great afternoon for children to be on the site. Thanks to Steve Clark for bringing his home brew along. Thanks also to Pyromaniacs Anonymous who were well represented.

Did we find any treasure? That would be telling....
(Pyromaniacs and home brew ..... fortunately no serious casualties reported!)
Excellent turnout of around 30 people.
Some of the rubbish to go in a skip
Demolition of the derelict shower block
And there it was .... gone!
You may not have known, but there was a derelict building that used to be a washroom and toilet block on the site. The roof had fallen in and it was covered in ivy and partly filled with rubbish - nasty and dangerous. It has now been demolished, which has made another significant change to the site
and when it was all cleared away, all that was left (apart from the solid base) was a great water tank which will go for scrap metal.
Saturday Jan 22

Plant a tree in Maybush Copse!
see the Chichester Observer story
- Jan 27
Something to tell your Children or Grandchildren
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here'
(William Shakespeare, Henry V, says ‘Don't miss the fun ')
we all get our instructions
Planting the first tree!
 
 
Around 30 people turned out. An excellent response. We planted around 400 trees -
Oak, Hazel, Field Maple, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Ash, Alder Buckthorn, Dogwood, Guelder Rose, Goat Willow, Spindle, and Holly

The next Work Party
Saturday January 22nd 2011 at 2pm (to 4pm )

We will start planting trees
(well, more like twigs but they will grow into trees).

No special skill required. Tools will be provided. There will be a Conservancy Ranger present to show us what to do.
We especially need your help because we want to open the site to the public this summer and there is a lot to be done.
Please come along - dress code warm and waterproof clothing, stout shoes or boots and gloves.
The next work party will be Tuesday February 22 at 10am

Maybush Copse: planning permission granted
link to the Chichester District Planning site
improving the site in terms of biodiversity, the planting of the grassy areas and the woodland, and making the site accessible to the public.
Site layout planned
posted
Nov 24

Maybush Copse Work Party
Saturday October 30th
at 2pm (to 4pm )

Thanks to everyone who turned out.
Maybush Copse: Application for planning permission
Success ! - the planning application has been approved

Chichester Harbour Conservancy
has made an application to Chichester District Council for planning permission related to Maybush Copse. The application reference is SOU/10/04552/COU

The purpose of the application is to get permission for a change of use to a community woodland with associated paths, to bring on to the site the soil necessary to create the grassy areas, and to make access improvements.This is an essential part of the progress towards improving the site in terms of biodiversity, the planting of the grassy areas and the woodland, and making the site accessible to the public.
You can find the details at This Chichester District Council web page

Tues
19th Oct

10am

Chichester Harbour Conservancy will lead a
Maybush Copse Work Party

- clearance of vegetation prior to tree planting.
You need stout shoes/boots and gloves. Bring appropriate tools if possible .
posted
Sep 16

News update: Sept 2010
We are in the process of removing reptiles from the grassy area. This is mainly being done by Conservancy Rangers. The large pile of vegetation which might have been harbouring wildlife has been removed, and slow worms, toads and a field mouse relocated to another part of the site.
Slow worms and a toad removed from the planned grassy area in a bucket prior to relocation
A Small Copper Butterfly spotted in Maybush Copse by Conservancy Conservation Officer Ed Rowsell. Ed says small copper larval food plants are sorrel, sheeps sorrel and broad leaved dock. There is lots of sorrel on site, it is one of the plants that has leaves that are bright red now.
July 2010

MAYBUSH COPSE - reptile fencing

Thanks to everyone who came out for the working parties installing the reptile fencing. We have now completed the work. The purpose of the reptile fencing is to exclude slow worms from the areas planned to be grassy areas. Special thanks to the Friends of Chichester Harbour and the Community Payback team for their help..
Slow worms are protected species so we have to take appropriate steps to make sure they are not harmed. Once we have relocated the slow worms to the area outside the fencing, and the planned grassy areas are 'slow worm' free, we can use machinery in these areas to lay soil and prepare the surface for sowing the grass. Special thanks to the Community Payback team
PS Maybush Copse depends on your support, and I am please to say that so far we have signed up over 100 members. It demonstrates the healthy local support for the project and also gives the organisation some initial funds to get things going. We haven’t pressed membership as hard as we could have done although it is really important to us, so please take the initiative and get yourself joined up.
If you would like to become a member of Maybush Copse Friends, please send your subscription (£5 per person, but this is voluntary) to: Peter Hilton, Treasurer, Maybush Copse Friends, ‘Jacaranda’, Main Road, Nutbourne, West Sussex PO18 8RS •
Tel (01243) 576310

Saturday June 19th, 10am

Maybush Copse Friends - Work Party.
We need to do some digging. Can you help?
posted June 14
The main task of this work party will be to install a reptile fence - part of our slow worm protection efforts - round the areas we have cut. We need to dig a long trench (6in deep, one spade width) so if you can do some digging we especially need you.
stout shoes/boots, gloves, please bring tools - spades, rakes, shears
Beer Festival at The Barleycorn
Live Music: Hog Roast and BBQ.
Tug of War at Maybush Copse see the Photos
Sat 8th
May

Maybush Copse Friends
Annual General Meeting of Members
March 29th, 2010
St Wilfrid's, Broad Road, Hambook

Saturday
Feb 13th

The Third MAYBUSH COPSE
work party

Over twenty people turned out on a fine cold day to continue the site clearance. Thanks for your support.
posted Feb 3
PS If you haven't joined up as a Maybush Copse Friend yet, we will be delighted to sign you up - It is a way of raising the starter funds necessary to get the improvement of the site underway. There is a voluntary (you don't have to pay, but we hope people will) subscription of £5. Cheques payable to ‘Maybush Copse Friends'. email for a membership form, phone Peter Hilton on 576310 or download a pdf here
Tuesday Dec 1st

MAYBUSH COPSE - work party

Thanks to everyone who came out for the working party of scrub-bashing and clearing! There were over 30 volunteers including Friends of Chichester Harbour. A large skip was filled with all sorts of rubbish. It's great to see the progress the group made.
PS If you haven't joined up as a Maybush Copse Friend yet, we will be delighted to sign you up - It is a way of raising the starter funds necessary to get the improvement of the site underway. There is a voluntary (you don't have to pay, but we hope people will) subscription of £5. Cheques payable to ‘Maybush Copse Friends'. Ask for a membership forms at the work party or phone Stephen Johnson on 572059
Maybush Copse revealed

The work party (Oct 31) did a good job, and now it is possible to see a great deal more from the road. This was early morning (8am) in November a week after the workparty had removed a mountain of brambles and rubbish.
I was even lucky enough to get a sight of a green woodpecker - see below
The 'Before' photo showing the tangled vegetation and rubbish that needed to be removed.
Saturday October 31st
MAYBUSH COPSE - work party
Excellent Saturday 'party' - 43 people turned up, despite the damp start.  Gosh, didn't everybody work hard! It's certainly made a big difference. Thanks to Diana and Carla - great baked potatoes, cheese and coleslaw. Robin Yeld has taken the bath away and will attempt to sell it on ebay.....
Thanks also to Ranger Keith from the Chichester Harbour Conservancy who channelled our destructive enthusiasm constructively, and brought coffee and tea for our well earned break.
Tuesday December 1st
MAYBUSH COPSE - work party
from 10am till 12 noon. Come and join us for a working party of scrub-bashing and clearing! The work continues, and this time we will have volunteers from the Friends of Chichester Harbour joining in.  You will need strong gloves and tough footwear. Coffee and biscuits will be provided by the rangers

July 27 2009

Inaugural meeting of "Maybush Copse Friends"

Constitution
(the Residents Management Group for Maybush Copse)
Minutes of the meeting
incl Open Forum
Well supported meeting - over 60 people present. 'Maybush Copse Friends' formed - Constitution agreed - Committee elected - Members voluntary subscription set at £5 (well, of course we hope you will put in a bit extra) - First Members signed up. We need your help - join up as a member. Register your willingness to help with Work Parties - Admin / Committee - Social / Fundraising - Other. There is a lot to do - We need you!
Join the Maybush Copse Friends! Voluntary Subscription is £5
For more information contact Stephen Johnson tel 572059

Maybush Copse Celebration Party

 
Sunday July 26th 2009
Over a hundred people came to Maybush Copse for an informal party....... read more and photos
July 2nd, 2009
Maybush Copse Land: Community backed bid - Success!

A year after its initial bid, the Chichester Harbour Trust has successfully completed the purchase of Maybush Copse. The 8-acre site needs some work done on it so that it can be opened for enjoyment by the local community as an area of woodland and open space.

This would not have been possible without the Chichester Harbour Trust and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy. More importantly, without your help, encouragement and determination we would not have had a project at all.
I am told 180 people made donations to help buy this land (in addition to Southbourne, and Chidham & Hambrook Parish Councils and various local organisations). Clearly your generosity was as solid as your enthusiasm.
Maybush Copse viewed from the south
Cot Lane Land (Maybush Copse): News update Mar 5th, 2009
Our plans to purchase the site in Cot Lane are going ahead. Solicitors have been instructed and we will complete the purchase ......if we can raise the necessary funds. 

Lots of cheques have been coming in, well over 100 people have made donations so far, and the response has been wonderful despite the time that has elapsed since the initial tender bid, and the change in the economic climate.

Cot Lane Land (Maybush Copse): Good news update Feb 2009
see also background and history
Things are at last moving, and the news is good. Now we have to fulfil our pledges. Already two thirds of you have done so! For the other third - it's time to do get out the cheque book. And if you are new to this, it's not too late. You can join with the community and send in your cheque.

The Vendor is prepared to sell the land to the Trust, and the Trustees and Harbour Conservancy have agreed that they are committed to the purchase and would like to proceed subject to the funds being available. Thus a deal has been agreed in principle. 

Since our bid is higher than the sums we have been promised, we have an amount, but not huge amount, to raise in addition to the current pledged sums. I am, and I hope you are, determined not to let this opportunity slip. It will make such a difference to the community and to the local area as a place to live. Please help, if you can, by increasing the amount you can give.
Feb 2009 - - Cot Lane Land 'Maybush Copse' in the snow
Cot Lane Land (better) news update Jan 2009
see also background and history
There has not been much hard news to report until recently as regards the sale of the land in Cot Lane (the land that we would like to buy for the community through the Chichester Harbour Trust). However there are now serious doubts as to whether the sale to the unknown prospective purchaser will go through. If this bidder drops out, or attempts to renegotiate the deal, our chances of buying the land will be very much improved.

I don't want to raise false hopes, but be aware that our bid is not dead, rather it's been hibernating, and hopefully will soon be waking up, having a good stretch, sniffing the air and thinking about breakfast. Yes, you can take a metaphor too far, but I hope you know what I mean.
....
Cot Lane Land for Sale: 8 acres of land, for sale by informal tender on June 26 2008

Residents have joined with the Chichester Harbour Trust (a registered charity) and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy to try to buy this land for the benefit of the environment and the community.

The Chichester Harbour Trust is interested, given public support, to buy the land and manage it for conservation and the community. The land would be protected from building. Some ideas that could be explored are that the land could combine woodland with paths, more open habitat, (a pond? - possibly) a large open space, with public access for walking, informal recreation on the open space, and occasional community events. For use by everybody, and definitely young people.

 
Reasons to purchase could be community enhancement, defence against full development, (not immediately likely) or unauthorised development. Clearly the land would need some attention - see photos
We have shown there is community support.
(If you came to the Public Meeting, or have talked to your neighbours, you will know that there is.)

We have to raise the money. We have to reach a consensus on the use of the land, both the way it is planted and landscaped, and we have to show we can manage it for the long term.
Most of all we have to win the Tender (original closing date June 26th 2008!)
 
The Site
 
The entrance from Cot Lane
 
in need of some improvement
 
looking north from Cot Lane
 
somewhat overgrown in places
 
a glimpse of the interior
 
Looking south from the junction with Maybush Avenue
 
 
 

On Sunday (June 8th), a group of prospective purchasers gathered together very much at the last moment and went to the site for a mass viewing.

The sun shone, the sky was blue, we clambered over the gate, ..... the teazles.....teased, and the stinging nettles ...... stung, but it didn't deter us. Hopefully you are not deterred either.

 
June 11th 2008 - Public Meeting - St Wilfrids Church Hall, Broad Road, Nutbourne
 
St Wilfrid's Hall was packed (est 115 people) and the meeting was lively and enthusiastic
 
Stephen Johnson chaired the meeting
 
Chris Bulbeck, Chairman Southbourne Parish Council
 
James Davis (for the Chichester Harbour Trust) and Alison Fowler (AONB Manager, Chichester Harbour Conservancy)
 
Myles Cullen, Leader of the Chichester District Council and Mark Dunn, Chairman of that West Sussex County Council
How it all started.
The idea of a community bid to purchase the site was first floated on the village website on  29th May 2008. Chichester Harbour Trust and Chichester Harbour Conservancy were interested. Parish Councils of Southbourne and Chidham and Hambrook were supportive. A Public Meeting was arranged for 11 th June 2008 to gauge support. The strength of residents' support was readily apparent. In the next fortnight we raised enough pledges to enable the Chichester Harbour Trust to make a realistic bid before the Informal Tender deadline of 26th June 2008

What is a copse, and what is coppicing?

Coppicing is a traditional type of woodland management that involves cutting the trees back to stumps, which quickly regenerate, therefore producing a regular and manageable crop of wood.

Coppicing, or cutting back the trees, enhances the wildlife in the copse by opening up the canopy. It lets in more light and allows new plants to establish on the woodland floor. These plants attract insects, birds and mammals to the area and the result is that the habitat in the copse is very different to a mature woodland, with its own distinctive wildlife. This habitat can only continue to thrive if coppicing is maintained.



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