Monthly Archives: February 2017


  There were one hundred and forty guests at the annual Volunteers’ Party on Friday, held at the splendid Civic Centre in Berkhamsted. The Trust headed up by Susie, along with Lalenya took the opportunity to highlight their commercial achievements … Continue reading

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Doris the Bountiful

Doris did not go down a storm. She created havoc across the Country with winds of up to eighty miles per hour in the South. Ashridge had it’s fair share of destruction with large trees being felled to create more … Continue reading

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The Trust have created a new group of workers – the ad hoc volunteers. They will be called upon to undertake specific tasks apart from those carried out by the regular Thursday and Sunday groups. Last Wednesday the group of … Continue reading

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From Barclay Wills.

When summer sweetness fills the air, And butterflies flit everywhere On tireless wings, What perfect colour schemes are ours, In all the painted wings and flowers That summer brings! But on this February day, As up Malting Lane I made … Continue reading

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Now- and-Then

The Thursday group were back in action at the Beacon this week, removing the brash from the scrub clearance on the hillside. The steep slope created a hazardous working environment which meant that some volunteers worked back at the car … Continue reading

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The income from farming which the Trust collects from the tenant farmers, sustains the upkeep of the rest of the Estate. When Francis the 3rd Duke controlled the Estate (1748-1803), he was more concerned about his industrial interests in Lancashire … Continue reading

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Magic Mushrooms – the truth

Of all life on earth, there is something more mysterious, and yet more vital to our survival, than anything else. It’s birth is violent, much of it’s life hidden underground and only at the end of it’s life cycle does … Continue reading

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On a bitterly cold day, twenty one rangers turned up for the volunteers meeting at the Visitor Centre last Friday. Ben outlined the latest aims and objectives of the Trust as far as rangers are concerned, with new documents and … Continue reading

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