Groups of six can meet outdoors from Monday
Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces. The evidence shows that the risk of transmission is significantly lower outdoors and this step will mean that people can see more of their friends, family and loved ones. However, it is very important that social distancing is still adhered to and that people from different households continue to stay two metres apart. Many of us will welcome this change and even though social distancing within groups of family and friends will seem very strange at first, it is vitally important that we adhere to the Government guidelines to stop a second wave of the virus in Nottingham.
The police will continue to take the approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging individuals to follow the law. Where people do not follow the rules, the police will have the power to enforce these requirements as a last resort
About FoCW CommitteeThe committee of the Friends of Colwick Woods (FoCW) are elected each year and, for 2020, consist of 3 Vice Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Membership Secretary.
Like you, we’ve found these past few weeks incredibly challenging. We have all been worried about the health and welfare of our family, friends and our communities during this difficult time.
But with birdsong seemingly louder than it has ever been, we hope nature has been as great a source of comfort and interest for you as it has been for all of us at the Friends of Colwick Woods.
With that in mind, we’re sure many of you will have listened to last weekend’s government announcement and thought about when you might next head out into nature as our lockdown restrictions are gradually eased.
For your information, we are posting the latest advice from Nottingham City Council:
The latest Government advice is that, as well as exercise, people can now spend more time outdoors as long as they do not meet up with more than one person from a different household. Please remember that the social distancing guidelines are still very much in place and people should remain two metres away from each other unless they live together.
Nottingham City Council sent this bulletin at 06 May 2020 04:06 PM BST.
Working within the social distancing limitations has required a different approach from us in the delivery of many of our services. Parks are an area that we have had to adapt to keep the public and our staff safe and to ensure we have an agile workforce that can focus on priority services, such as bin collections. During this time we have reduced the frequency of grass mowing, meaning our parks and roadside verges may look a little different – but this is providing improved habitats for bees and other pollinators. Before the lockdown we were committed to ‘Ensure bee friendly habitats in every neighbourhood’ and we are currently identifying many locations in Nottingham where reduced mowing could become an ongoing part of our green spaces maintenance. At the moment we are seeing more wildflowers and the pollinating insects which is great for the city’s green spaces, our gardens and allotments. Less mowing also reduces our carbon emissions, contributing towards our carbon neutral target.
We are aware that an individual is carrying out work in the Woods and encouraging other people to join him.
As we have already announced, the Friends of Colwick Woods do not support the activities of volunteer working parties in the Woods during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in line with the views of other community groups and, more importantly, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, both of whom have cancelled volunteer work parties on their properties.
The FoCW committee have decided that in the current situation with COVID-19 and all the restrictions, limitations that are in place and are liable to still be in place for the foreseeable future, to place all membership renewals on hold.
Once we have a clear indication as to when we will be able to enjoy fully the Woods together with friends and family then we will restart memberships from that point. If you have already paid your fees for 2020 then your membership period will be extended, month for month, once the lockdown has finished. Thus, if the lockdown lasts for three months, then your membership period will be extended by three months.
In the interim we hope that you and your families are safe and well and managing to keep up with the current limitations on life, especially social life.
We hope to see you all again soon enjoying the Woods as you have always done.
While access to the woods are restricted to exercise only, and in couples or singly rather than groups, we thought it would be good to encourage people to send us photographs of birds from their gardens.
The first half dozen are from Helen and Richard Hill and feature greenfinches, robins, sparrows, goldfinches and a sparrowhawk.
If you have photographs of birds in your garden – or even photos that you took as you walked in the Woods – please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them on the website.
The Woodland Trust are asking for our help to track the effects of weather and climate change on wildlife near you.
What effect has recent weather had on wildlife? Does climate change affect timings in nature? Join Nature’s Calendar and help scientists discover answers to these questions.
From leaf buds bursting to blackberries ripening, let us know what’s happening near you. You’ll be contributing to a long biological record that dates back as far as 1736.
There is space to record what you see on their blog and you can download a handy date range poster here to help remind you what species to look out for at different times of year.
The wellbeing of our members and supporters is paramount therefore, in line with the new Government guidelines, the committee of Friends of Colwick Woods have taken the decision to pause all Friends activity which involves membership contact until the end of June.
Sadly, this will include our meeting on 14th April at BANCA.
We were going to ask members at the next meeting for their idea, thoughts and suggestions for Colwick Woods, and so as an alternative to face-to-face we now encourage their view via email to email@example.com.
We will update our Facebook page and our website, and will email those members who have provided us with an email address, with further information as and when the situation becomes clearer.