The Legend of Richard de Gylpin and the Wild Boar

During the reign of King John (1199-1216)

There is a local legend that a ferocious wild boar had a den in the forests on Scout Scar, a few miles to the west of Kendal. It caused great damage and terrorised pilgrims visiting the Holy Cross at Plumgarths.  After a dramatic fight, Richard De Gylpin slew the boar and was well rewarded by the Baron of Kendal. 

Scout Scar is now home to some of the few remaining ancient woodlands close to Kendal – but the boars disappeared long ago.  There is still much debate about whether the digging  activity of wild boar has a positive effect on our woodlands and whether they should be allowed to return. What do you think?

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Summer 2021

We are meeting again on Tuesdays as the Covid regulations allow, being careful to maintain social distancing. Activities are caring for our baby trees, sowing and planting wild flowers, weeding, hard landscaping work round the site, and gardening/repair work in Serpentine Wood or Fellside.

Meet at Dog Kennel Wood at 9am.

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September 2020

Tuesday 1st: Still some work to do on the Alphabet Trail, weather permitting.

Tuesday 8th: More repair on the Alphabet Trail, and work around the pond area.

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August 2020

Tuesday 4th: General gardening jobs and constructing a path round the pond, now we have cleared the ground.

Tuesday 11th: Finishing off the pond path and weeding.

Tuesday 18th: General tree care work at Dog Kennel Woods.

Tuesday 25th: Tidying up the Alphabet Trail in Serpentine Woods.

We will observe social distancing rules and stay outside. Disinfectant and soap provided. Meet at DKW at 9.00 am for all activities.

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July 2020

Tuesday 7th: More gardening and weeding, plus repair work around Dog Kennel Wood. Path clearing (brambles etc) in Serpentine Woods.

Tuesday 14th: We are going to clear an area round the pond in DKW to plant wet-loving wild flowers Also build a newt habitat, as we think we have newts in the pond.

Tuesday 21st: Further work on our new wetland wild flower area, and the new coppice area, and improving the paths round DKW.

Tuesday 28th: Finish the new wetland area, weeding, or wall repair along the tram road, as people prefer.

We will observe social distancing rules and stay outside. Disinfectant and soap provided. Meet at DKW at 9.00 am for all activities.

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June 2020

Tuesday 2nd: Weeding coppice area in Noble’s Rest. Coronavirus social distancing rules will apply. Meet at 9.30 in Noble’s Rest. Morning only.

Tuesday 15th: General KCV meeting. We need to do gardening / weeding / repair work round Dog kennel Wood. We will observe social distaning rules and stay outside. Disinfectant and soap provided, plus chocolate biscuits! Meet at DKW at 9.00 am .

Tuesday 22nd: More gardening, weedng and tidying up round DKW. Meet at 9am as usual.

Tuesday 29th: More gardening, weedng and tidying up round DKW. More chocolate biscuits! Meet at 9am as usual.

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May 2020

Tuesday 26th: work on new coppice area in Nobles Rest: weeding and establishment of woodland ground flora. Meet at Noble’s Rest at 9.30. Current Coronavirus social distancing measures will apply and a maximum of two people will be working on site at the same time. Contact Terry if interested.

Thursday 28th: watering newly planted trees and shrubs in Dog Kennel Wood. Meet at DKW at 10.00.

Friday 29th: finish weeding new coppice area in Noble’s Rest. Coronovirus social distancing rules will apply. Meet in Noble’s Rest at 9.30. Morning only.

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March 2020

Tuesday 3rd

Tidying up and tree planting at Dog Kennel Wood.

Friday 6th

Work party at Noble’s Rest to plant up new area. Contact Terry for more details.

Tuesday 10th

Working on the “leaky dams” at Bird’s Park for Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Friday 13th

Work party at Noble’s Rest to plant trees and shrubs in new area of coppice. Morning only. Meet at DKW at 9.00 or at Noble’s Rest after 10.00.

Tuesday 17th

Working on the third “leaky dam” at Bird’s Park for Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Friday 20th – morning only

Work party at Noble’s Rest to plant woodland plants in new coppice area. Meet at DKW at 9.00 to pick-up plants and tools or at Noble’s Rest after 10.00.

Coronavirus

Everything is cancelled until further notice. Sorry!

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February 2020

Tuesday 4th

Clearing scrub on the Tram Bank on Kendal Fell, to improve conditions for wild flowers and butterflies.

Tuesday 11th

Tree planting at Bird’s Park reservoir for Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Tuesday 18th

The Annual General Meeting at 9.15am, followed by continuing the work on the Tram Bank on Kendal Fell.

Tuesday 25th

Tree planting at Bird’s Park reservoir for Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Friday 28th

Tree planting at Dog Kennel Wood, weather permitting.

Meet at Dog Kennel Wood at 9am for all activities.

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January 2020

Tuesday 7th

Tidy up in Dog Kennel Woods after the tree-felling, and continue clearing scrub in Coffin Wood, on Kendal Fell.

Tuesday 14th

Planting willow stakes to help form a “leaky dam” at Bird’s Park reservoir for Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It will be really wet underfoot; wear wellies!

Tuesday 21st

Clearing scrub off the Tram bank, or ckearing rhododendrons at Swine Parrock, depending on the weather.

Tuesday 28th

Working on our “leaky” dams at Bird’s Park reservoir for Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It will be even wetter underfoot than last time if the dam has worked, so wear wellies.<

Meet at Dog Kennel Wood at 9am for all activities.

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