BIDEFORD Town Council has now formally adopted its plans for the regeneration of the Ford House woodland on the Torrington approach to the town. But before many of these plans can get under way there is a great deal of preparation work to be done, includi

BIDEFORD Town Council has now formally adopted its plans for the regeneration of the Ford House woodland on the Torrington approach to the town.But before many of these plans can get under way there is a great deal of preparation work to be done, including ridding the woodland of unwanted rubbish and the rampant laurel and rhododendron bushes which have taken over much of the woodland floor.Removing these shrubs will open up these areas to more sunlight and encourage new plant growth and also provide space for replanting native species, said Bideford's deputy mayor, Councillor Andy Powell.With this in mind, Sunday, December 7 will see the first "scrub bashing" day at the woodland, being held jointly with North Devon Countryside Services and Devon Wildlife Trust. It will take place from 10am to 4pm"Anyone who fancies a day of getting mud up to their eyebrows, but going home with a rosy glow to their cheeks and the satisfaction of doing something for wildlife is more than welcome to join us," said Mr Powell."You will need to come prepared with stout boots or wellies and a good pair of gloves. To get involved or obtain more information contact the Town Clerk's office, Bideford Town Council, or Mr Powell at andrewpowell@bideford-tc.gov.uk