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March 2016

posted 3 Apr 2016, 04:26 by Jane Arnold   [ updated 3 Apr 2016, 04:33 ]

Some very sad news, as Doreen, wife to our vice-chairman Bob Smith, passed away earlier this month.

Bob said:

"Doreen loved Pipe Green and loved to get involved with working parties and activities associated with the Trust. Doreen always had a smile and would talk to anyone she met on the Green. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her".

I couldn't agree more. I have some lovely memories of Doreen from enthusiastically tackling the thistle on a work party, to enjoying a walk on the Green with her family as well as attending and hosting some of the Trust's social activities. Rest in peace Doreen, and you will be in my thoughts when I walk on the Green.


Other news, on a happier note, is that we have a newly repaired bridge! Some of the planks on the previous bridge had become dislodged and were starting to rot, which made crossing the bridge quite an interesting venture (yes, I have nearly fallen into the brook on a couple of occasions)! Hopefully the new improved surface, will provide a safer traverse. However, you will still need a good pair of wellies to get to the bridge, as the ground on that side of the Green is very boggy.


Well Spring is definitely in the air. On an early(ish) morning walk this week, I heard the green woodpecker calling, the greater spotted woodpecker drumming and saw a number of reed bunting flitting through the rush. This was on top of a lovely background noise of birdsong. In addition the trees are starting to leaf and the celandine are flowering with their bright yellow flowers. However, with Doreen in mind, I thought I would finish this post on a more reflective note, where the soft morning light gives the Green a timeless feel on a Spring morning.