Ashridge Volunteer Forum

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Well over fifty volunteers attended the Christmas coffee morning, at the Aldbury Memorial Hall last Friday. It was standing room only for latecomers. Volunteers can look forward to at least six Forums in the New Year according to the new timetable.

Christmas greetings were handed out in the form of cards, coffee and cake, served up by Janet and the volunteers and ably supported by staff members.

Susie Mercer presented the Trust’s achievements for 2016, and took questions on the proposed plans for next year, supported by Josh and Ben. Notable achievements mentioned were the deer cull with a target of six hundred, and the fact that new species of plants have already appeared in the woods. The £6k taken at Dockey Wood for viewing the bluebells, the target of two hundred and seventy new memberships having already been met, the good year for the Windmill with the publication of a dedicated book, and the record attendance at the Monument. The second horse fun ride attracted some eighty riders, and those attending the deer rut exceeded one hundred and thirty. The film crews put in their regular appearance creating some £28k in revenue.

It was pointed out that the Friends of Ashridge were still operating as a going concern for those who wish to contribute funds to Ashridge. The funds accumulated over the last twelve years amounting to over £30k have been earmarked for the extension to the mobility track around Meadley’s Meadow, which is awaiting planning permission.

The new organiser of the Plant Fair was introduced – Sarah Jones. She will be running the event in May, along with John Cartwright who is retiring as the organiser. Sarah would like to receive calls from anyone able to supply plants or cuttings, for next year’s event. Her mobile number is 07774 1916817 or email at


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