There are 2 open gardens in Leatherhead this Saturday, 3rd August, 10am-4pm, fundraising for Teazle Wood. Both are within walking distance of each other. 2A The Crescent at the bottom of Church Walk is opening to the public for the first time and probably only time. It’s a lovely secret garden tucked away behind an old brick wall. It’s a moving sale all must go – surplus plants from seedlings and cuttings, trees and shrubs. Plants for house & conservatory. Bulbs and packets of seeds. Flower arranging materials, pots baskets, macramé hangers, books and more!
1 Waterloo Cottages, (off Church Street) KT22 8EL and 2A are serving refreshments, including homemade cakes, and cream teas at 1 Waterloo Cottages from 2-4pm. They will also be selling bric-a-brac, cards and a carefully selected new range of fragrant candles by the Quinnell Candle Company (local stockist Fire & Iron Gallery) Proceeds to Teazle Wood.
Park in car park opposite St Mary’s & St Nicolas church.
To our stoical litter pickers: if you’re planning to litter pick this coming week, please call me. It got particularly bad within a few days of our last major litter pick, so we are setting up a new meeting with Tesco to get things moving on enlisting their support. They need to see how bad it is, and how much comes directly from the back of the store (as well as dropped by the public). As soon as we have shown them, all volunteers welcome to clear up the mess!
You will also notice that the lovely bench has been defaced – no permanent damage, and we will be down there to restore it 🙂
poke at the Natural Connections 2013 conference at the School of African & Oriental Studies this week. Incredible range of speakers, from DEFRA, the Environment Agency, the Wildlife Trusts, the Great Barrier Reef, the Ecosystem Knowledge Network, the British Association of Nature Conservation, etc. Totally fascinating, brilliantly organised by Dialogue Matters.
Left with the exciting offer of the kids involved with Teazle Wood being twinned with the Reef Guardians of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – thank you, Jon – we are so excited about this! Thank you, Surrey Wildlife Trust / Jim Jones, for proposing me as a speaker – it was amazing.
I picked up a leaflet at the Leatherhead Institute today about a Surrey
Hills Society (SHS) meeting “Out of Our Woods – the Music of Trees” by
A visual presentation combined with traditional music from Mervyn Mewis
and his partner Kathryn on hand-made instruments. It combines the
historic use of local woodlands with a modern approach to musical
Mervyn studied habitat management and is involved in voluntary
conservation work. He also has a keen interest in woodwork.
Doors will open at 7pm and the talk will begin at 7.30pm in the Abraham
Dixon Hall of the Letherhead Institute (top of the High Street KT22
8AH) on Friday 8th March.
The cost will be £5 for Surrey Hills Members and £7 for non-members.
Further information in leaflets which include booking forms at
The Surrey Hills Society contacts are:-
– phone 01372 376650
– email firstname.lastname@example.org
from Janet Baker:
After my 75th birthday in mid January I am hoping to swim 75 lengths to celebrate. This is now imminent! I have been ‘swimming my age’ each year since I was 50 so you could say that I have been practising for this for 25 years! Five years ago I made it a sponsored swim and set myself the target of doing it again this year, if still fit enough.I am hoping to raise money for three different things – one that is relatively new and is applying for charitable status and two long standing charities.
Would you be willing to sponsor me for: Friends of Teazle Wood. As this has not yet got charitable status, if you would like to donate please make your cheque out to ‘Friends of Teazle Wood’ and send to me.
Thank you to Sivi at Froglife for the newt advice (Happy newt year to you, too!!). We will be attempting a careful removal of some of the fly-tipping in newt pond on Thursday 24th January, subject to any “early starter” newts or newt eggs being found during an inspection on that morning.
For over 50 years the woodland has been in private hands but in 2012 it suddenly came up for auction. On on 31st July 2012 after a campaign led by Lucy Quinnell, Teazle Wood was purchased by the Friends of Teazle Wood. The aim was to secure the wood from any possible develpoment and to keep it in perpetuity as a woodland ecology.
The purchase was only made possible by the generosity of many people, businesses and organisations who care about saving the wood for the future, they both donated and loaned money to help meet the deadline auction date.
But we still need your help to help secure the woodland for the future, and to make it debt free. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS AMAZING PROJECT.