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Friends of Bourne Wood Photography Competition 2019

The Friends were pleased to announce the winners of the photography competition at the Apple Day on October 6th.

The winner was Steve Goddard, with a photo of the patterns of wood in a harvested tree, second prize went to Martin Barnatt, for a view from the woods over a stile, and third prize to Jason Richardson, for his photo of dog roses.

1st-place
1st Place: “Patterns of Wood in a Harvested Tree” by Steve Goddard.

We had around 40 entries which provided a good display on the day, with photos ranging from flowers of the wood, to fauna of the wood, and views of trees, the ponds and frosty scenes.

2nd-place
2nd Place: “View from the Woods over a Stile” by Martin Barnatt.
3rd-place
3rd Place: “Dog Roses” by Jason Richardson.

Thank you to all those who entered and to Sarah Lambert, a local botanist and photographer for judging the competition.

Apple Day 2019

Our Apple Day was thoroughly enjoyed by those who came, and despite the weather forecast we had very little rain during the event – even if it was very wet underfoot!  We borrowed the apple press from Stamford Community Orchard Group and made our own apple juice.  Great fun was had by all crushing the apples and then pressing them into a delicious healthy juice – which people could take home.

apple press
Great fun was had by all crushing the apples and then pressing them into a delicious healthy juice.

There were plenty of delicious cakes from the homemade cake stall, with teas and coffees to wash them down.

Children had craft activities to try, and a quiz around the orchard, answering apple related questions.  Children and adults could make applejacks out of apples to hang in the trees to ward off evil spirits, and we finally had a winner for our guess the name of the scarecrow – who was called Buck.  There was also a craft stall, a second hand book-stall, and a plant stall. The Bourne Wood booklet was also available.

We had the results of our photographic competition with the entries and winners on display.  The first and second prizes were handed out to Steve Goddard and Martin Barnatt (received on his behalf by his wife), and the third prize winner, Jason Richardson was not there.

a selection of apples and pears
The Friends had picked some fruit from the orchard, both to show people the different types of apples and pears, but also so people could take some away with them for a small donation.

The Friends had picked some fruit from the orchard, both to show people the different types of apples and pears, but also so people could take some away with them for a small donation.  There will be more punnets available for the next few weeks during opening hours in the orchard, on a Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

A huge ‘Thank You’ goes to  all our volunteers who helped set up and look after the stalls on the day.

Photographs by Jayne Blackbourn

Bourne Wood Booklet – Review By Dr Keith Porter

Bourne Wood: A portrayal of a wood in Kesteven. This A5 full colour booklet provides an insight into the history, natural history and forestry management of Bourne Wood, an ancient woodland in south Lincolnshire. Its contribution to nature conservation and local amenity are also outlined. Dr Keith Porter, Deputy Chief Scientist at Natural England, reviews the booklet:

Bourne Wood: A Portrayal Of A Wood In Kesteven

This attractively produced booklet is a must for anyone visiting Bourne Wood in Lincolnshire.  It packs in everything you need to understand its history from 1086 to the present day and the wildlife and facilities that the Wood offers to visitors.  The colourful guide to the plants and animals of Bourne Wood offers a taster of what you can see throughout the year and provides a fully detailed list of recorded species at the end of the booklet.

greater spotted woodpacker
The colourful guide to the plants and animals of Bourne Wood.

For visitors, it gives clear detail on parking, footpaths and facilities and includes everything you need to know for an exciting day out in the wild!  This is an excellent guide to a place that is easily accessible to people from nearby Bourne and further afield – highly recommended and great value.

Hard copies of the booklet are priced at £3 + p & p and can be obtained by e-mailing rjeffegj@yahoo.co.uk; or download low resolution pdf here.