Thetford Forest is a large pine forest to the east of England. We’ll be meeting at St Helen’s picnic site, in an area of the Forest where this diverse environment allows for many wild plants and mushrooms to flourish.
The course starts with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes.
Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the area and along the Little Ouse river, teaching you how to identify the different plants and mushrooms that we find.
We’ll break along the way for homemade refreshment, such as our wild food soup or elderflower champagne.
Afterwards we’ll head back to the picnic site to end the day with a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found and some pre-prepared homemade treats.
We’ll email you a list of everything we discussed on the day to help you to remember what you have learnt.
30th & 31st May
3rd & 4th July
8th & 9th August
All courses start at 12pm and finish approx. 3.30pm
Adults £50, under 16’s £25.00, under 12’s free.
Changes to blue and black bin collection days and times
and black bin days and times in West Suffolk will shortly be changing and a
yellow tag on black bins will alert residents to look out for a letter
containing full details of what this means for them. Roll-out of the new days
and times will begin on Monday 11 November, but before then households will
have been posted their new blue and black bin collection day letter together
with a calendar to help manage the transition. Full details will also be
available to look up, nearer the time, on the council website www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/bincollections
for waste services has grown since rounds were last reviewed in 2010 and the
changes coming up will help create capacity, save waste miles and make the
service more efficient. Garden Waste Collection Service subscribers will not
see a change in their brown bin collection this year and we thank all residents
for their help in making sure bins are out by 6.30am.
Special taskforce survey seeks YOUR evidence to help tackle rural issues
Residents, businesses and organisations are being urged to help a new West Suffolk Council taskforce identify opportunities and issues in rural areas.
The taskforce wants to talk to a broad range of individuals and organisations across West Suffolk in a variety of ways, including a simple online survey live now at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/rural.
West Suffolk Council was set up to be large enough to champion the area while working closely with communities, such as those in rural areas, to tackle local issues. Council Leader Cllr John Griffiths made the commitment in his first speech to the new authority in May to set up a rural task force.
Cllr Mike Chester, who chairs the group, said: “Our task is to make sure that rural considerations are taken into account in future Council processes and decision making. We are contacting people who live and run businesses and organisations to ask them their opinions on what they see as the opportunities and issues. This will be crucial in developing options both to directly address some of the issues and also to rural-proof future decisions.”
A survey has been set up to allow everyone to give their views, available online at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/rural , or hard copy at council offices, or on request from firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01284 757633 . The survey is open until 30 September but evidence will continue to be fed in throughout the review process.
The taskforce is also holding special meetings across the area, details to be published shortly, and inviting key people to attend taskforce meetings.
The review will encompass all of West Suffolk’s areas, in order to understand the issues and opportunities that all rural or all urban areas have in common, as well as those facing specific localities. As well as engaging direct with local communities and businesses, the Rural Taskforce will identify key issues, assets and challenges by using a range of existing local and national evidence and research produced by other bodies, for example, the Rural Services Network and the House of Lords Select Committee on the rural economy.
It is expected that Cabinet will hear interim recommendations from the Task Force.