Happy New Year
5th Jan 2014 by jools
It’s a new year: the seasons roll on, with wind and storms battering the landscape. Simpson’s Fromus Valley has very high water levels but remains as picturesque as ever for a Guardians' inspection this morning during a brief break in the clouds.
Fromus Valley's medieval history
11th Dec 2013 by jools
Great news! For those of you intrigued by John Rainer’s exploration of the dam’s history on "the mound" during the Autumn Open Day at Fromus Valley, there is a Fromus Valley's medieval history page for you to read more. We have to thank all the amazing contributors, including Dr. Hoppitt who has been researching Kelsale since the 80's. There will be more to come, as new insights arise – watch this space!
8th Dec 2013 by jools
SFPT had a wonderful time at the GreenerSax Winter Fair – many thanks to all who came to support us, and thanks to the Greenersax team for organising such a fun event. Winter being a fallow time, we have had a moment to update the website. You will now find a Species-seen list available, with more coming soon once the 2013 surveys of Orchid Glade and Simpson’s Fromus Valley are finalised.
27th Nov 2013 by jools
Come and support SFPT at the GreenerSax Winter Fair this Sunday at Saxmundham Market Hall. Meet the guardians, talk about the hedgerow harvest, sign up to volunteer or become a Guardian and buy Xmas goodies including our 2014 calendar!
14th Nov 2013 by jools
Near the ancient crab-apple, Guardians have noticed a patch of creeping thistles in Meremede affected by chlorphyll loss at their tips (see image below). The cause has been identified by our Chief Botanical Recorder as infection with the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae.
9th Nov 2013 by admin
A group of five Guardians visited the Fromus Reserve this morning to survey the storm damage and were pleased to find no large trees fallen – possibly due to the dryness of the summer securing the roots. The ancient crab-apple has lost a top branch and a number of large oak branches have dropped, but the Reserve was full of berries, large purple bullaces – and even a muntjac bolting across a lower field into hedgerow cover. The field maples were gloriously turning, there is an exceptionally tall specimen on the dam and, unusually, near the lower pond, mistletoe is growing on some field maples. You can read the report via the Seasonal Diaries, and view new images in the Autumn gallery.