SUMMER 2021


Expect to see orchids on Beggarwood in several places including the orchid meadow on the east side of the park.

Lots of beautiful Pyramidal orchids have appeared on Old Down in recent weeks.



Harlequin ladybirds and others on tree trunks and twigs. Often seen on gorse and yew.




Butterflies, like this gatekeeper are most often seen on sunny days in summer.




Kidney vetch is an excellent source of nectar for long tongued bees and is a particularly noted for attracting the Small Blue butterfly.

Work Parties

Work parties on Old Down every Thursday morning 10am at Old Down Hall. We don't mind if it's cold as you soon get warm but unrelenting rain is a different matter. You will be sent a confirmation email the day before if you are on our list of volunteers.

We began work parties again on 1st April 2021

Work parties on Beggarwood

Work parties have begun again on Beggarwood. They are to be monthly on the first Tuesday morning of the month 10.00 - 12.00, meeting at the Cafe. Contact hookm@hotmail.co.uk if you intend to join the workparty.

For courses you need to be a full member (annual subscription £5.00) but there is no further fee for the course. For other events a donation of £2.00 from non members and £1.00 from members is requested. For work parties we should probably pay you but sadly it doesn't work that way

For enquiries and courses contact Jill Lincoln at odandbwd@gmail.com


See more photos taken recently here

For more information see Management Overview page