The Friends of Bourne Wood, in conjunction with Bourne Borderers Morris, held their fourth Wassail in the community orchard in Bourne on Saturday. A Wassail is a traditional custom to celebrate the apple harvest of last year, to reawaken the trees, and to encourage them to bear fruit this year. The weather was very kind this year, and although windy was not particularly cold. By 4.30pm a decent crowd of around 100 had gathered to join in the celebration – a delightful way to enliven a dull January day. Everyone was welcomed to the event, and then Bourne Borderers commenced the proceedings with a traditional Morris dance. Those attending were then offered a taste of either mulled cider or apple juice and some homemade cake, before everyone sung the ‘Apple Tree Wassail’.
The gathering then proceeded into the orchard, led by the Wassail Queen, aided admirably by the Wassail princess. The trees in the orchard had been decorated with lots of fairy lights and looked lovely in the dusk, with the path down also lit. The trees were blessed with cider, and toast was placed in the branches for the robins, the guardians of the orchard, by anyone wishing to take part, while the musicians continued to play. The trees were wassailed, with the customary poem, followed by lots of noise, with everyone present banging pots and pans, and cheering!
Once back on the hard-standing the Borderers danced again, and all joined in the ‘Here we come a wassailing’. The evening ended with the Mummers play – performed by the Borderers, and some final pieces of cake and a warm drink.
The Friends would like to thank everyone for supporting this event, and especially Bourne Borderers for their help and support, and all those who provided cakes and helped out on the day.
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.
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.
Thank you to all those who entered and to Sarah Lambert, a local botanist and photographer for judging the competition.
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.
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.