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The Glade - Worlebury Woods

There is a clearing in Weston Woods to the left of the entrance from Worlebury Hill Road.

This supports the theme of glades within North Somerset Council's Weston Woods Management Plan and has been achieved with the help of Trees and Countryside Officer John Flannigan. John has also been instrumental in establishing the new disabled access paths in the woods.

"The Worlebury Glade" was formally opened on 19 July 2008. The 100+ group of residents and invited guests were entertained by the RAFA band, poems from the children at Worlebury Saint Paul's School and local musical talent.

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The oak Owl Sculpture, placed by Worlebury Residents' Association to mark this special place, was unveiled by Ian Porter, chair of North Somerset Council. The ribbon on the new stone was cut by representatives of Worlebury's most senior and most junior residents. The Reverend Geoff Eales, accompanied by his dog, led us in a gentle blessing.

The plaque attached to the stone describes glades in the woods and includes the WRA logo. We chose to have "IN PACE CONVENIAMUS" inscribed here to say " Let us meet in peace." Using Latin reminds us that people lived around here a long time ago in the Hill Fort also in and around Woodspring Priory. The glade has a picnic table, and we shall have another, furnished from local wood, and more seating. We hope it will be used as a social site for all ages.

The Glade needs ongoing maintenance work and will need, once the sunlight has allowed more grass to appear, occasional strimming or mowing. The Green Gym people have helped us with our clearing work. Everyone is welcome to help on the first Sunday of the month 'Weapons & Wellies' morning sessions as they continue through the year.

Glade 'Weapons & Wellies' Tasks:

a) Picking up stones & fallen wood etc. Pulling out unwanted weeds.
b) Pulling out the many prunus laurocerasus (cherry laurel) & ash seedlings.
c) Clearing the trip hazards by:

i. Digging up the previous cuttings of the laurel which are now rooting easily.
ii. Pulling out brambles and other shrub roots.
iii. Digging out small stumps.

All weeds and branches etc can be placed in the edges as this helps to enclose the site. Bring gloves and tools and a drink, see you there.

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