The 'Cheltenham National Trust Volunteers Group' - known locally as the 'ANTS' (Active National Trust Squad), are based in the Cheltenham and Gloucester area and have been working at Trust sites in Gloucestershire for over 30 years. Most of our work takes place at countryside properties and we have recently visited :- Dovers Hill (near Chipping Campden), Littleworth Wood (Snowshill), Haresfield, the Sherborne Estate (near Northleach) and Woodchester Park. We have also worked at Crickley Hill, Newark Park (near Wotton-under-Edge), Westbury Court Garden and Rodborough Common.

                           
                       Volunteers ' Work Party' Programme   2017 -  ANTS 39th YEAR !
Our work days usually take place every third Sunday and we also have a good sprinkling of social events
and two open meetings a year for all Members to air their views. We produce a regular newsletter giving
full details of work days and social events, this info is also available on line www.cheltglosntc.org.uk
(and 'click' on 'ANTS')
       It is essential to book your place on a 'Work Party' with Tim or Russ - contact details below !
All tools are provided and all you need to bring are thorn proof gloves, waterproof clothing, good boots and enough food and drink for the day. 

If you are fit and would like to find out more or join us on one of our regular work parties, please contact           either  Russell Self on 01242 243714   or e-mail - ants.cheltntv@btinternet.com., 
                                          
or Tim Parker on 01242 522435    

Please bring enough food and drink for the day, together with suitable clothing and footwear. Tools will be available, supplied by the Rangers, and we can provide protective gloves if required.
Due to parking problems we will no longer meet in the centre of Cheltenham, so please let either Tim or Russ/Sally know if you are coming so that we can arrange enough transport and in case there is a last minute change of venue.  We aim to arrive at the worksites between 09:30 & 10:00.

                    Note:  It is not necessary to be a National Trust member to volunteer for the ANTS.


                                                  
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                                               ANTS Report 03/04/2017. 

We have just been involved with an interesting project in the Woodchester Valley, which was part of the 'Magnificent Meadows' programme. Late last year, members of Cotswold AONB collected seed, with a special machine, from the wild-flower meadow at the top of the valley. This was then sieved three times to clean the seeds. These have now been scattered in a meadow in the valley, by our group. The point of this, is, that we have reintroduced only plants which are suitable to the area. The valley would have been originally been meadows but the trees of the recent past have damaged, and to some extent, stopped, the original plant life from growing. 

On a lovely sunny day, we filled our buckets with seed and spread out in a line across the steeply, sloping meadow and proceeded to hand spread the seeds. The plan was to stay in a line and have a certain spacing between each member. Have you ever tried to look down watching the job in hand and try to walk at the same pace as others to your left and right !!As you can imagine, the line disintegrated, but I hope we covered the field thoroughly.  We are not often advised to wear wellington boots but for our job at Sherborne, it was very necessary! Down by the Sherborne brook, it tends to get very wet! We needed to clear a fence line ready for replacement, as cattle were breaking through and had damaged the tree area and the brook edges. To stop flooding in the meadow and obtain a better water flow, the lower branches of willow were removed.

As a contrast, Horton Court and garden restoration continues, with the house, having had some professional work completed, now being ready for the new tenants.                  Jane Gill


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Please bring enough food and drink for the day, together with suitable clothing and footwear. Tools will be available, supplied by the Rangers, and we can provide protective gloves if required.
Due to parking problems we will no longer meet in the centre of Cheltenham so please let either Tim or Russ/Sally know if you are coming, so that we can arrange enough transport or there is a last minute change of venue. We aim to arrive at the worksites between 09:30 & 10:00.

                           Contact numbers Tim – 01242 522435  Russ/Sally – 01242 243714 or                                                                                       email:ants.cheltntv@btinternet.com                                                                                     

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                                                      WORK PARTY DATES for 2017
   

                                                           14th  May  -   Horton Court                                           

                             04th June   -   Ebworth                               25th  June    -   TBA            

                             16th July    -   Westbury Ct                           6th   Aug.   -   Sherborne

                             20th Aug.   -   Horton Ct.                             17th. Sept    -   Ebworth  

                                     8th  Oct     -   Haresfield                               29th Oct     -    May Hill
                                      
                            
19th Nov   -   Sherborne                              17th. Dec    -    Crickley Hill                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ************************************************************
                                                               ANTS SOCIAL SCENE

Fish & Chip Suppers at “Popeyes” Queens Road, Cheltenham (near Railway Station) – The next dates will be Saturday, 24th June & 4th November. The evenings start at 7:00 p.m. and you can either meet earlier at Tim’s abode (19 Libertus Court, Libertus Road, Cheltenham) or at the restaurant.

The next ANTS meeting will be Friday, 19th May 2017 at Tim’s for 7.45 p.m.

ANTS Weekends - research is underway for next year. The only possible destinations that have been suggested so far are a Spring visit to Cardiff and an Autumn break to Harrogate. Please let me know if you have any more suggestions or objections to those received. More info will be available to those interested at future work parties.

 Finally, may I remind you that the membership subscription for 2017 will soon be due.
The amount is the same as the last couple of years at £6 per person. Please send/hand it to me with the tear off slip below by the end of January 2017 for onward transmission to the Treasurer.
                                                                                                                      Angie (01242 234157)
 

                                                     







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