Norman Newt's Xmas Cheer


Christmas time again and the hills are alive with the sound of bow saws, and bill hooks we have swung for many years. Our great escapes for 2018 are coming to an end and 2019 looks to be even bigger and better than the biggest and best Bond movie ever.

2018 was another big BCV year with hedge laying and dry stone walling competitions, over 2 dozen tasks, including 4 island tasks. We have planted trees, bashed balsam, dug ponds, managed nature reserves, had Easter and Halloween themed tasks, built a hibernaculum, and restored an outdoor classroom. Our biggest event of the year though was the BCV Wildfest at Moses Gate Country Park, an event so big that everyone wants to be a part of the next one. Once again BCV is shaking the tree and jingling bells in ways they have never been jingled before.

So, a BIG Christmas cheer from Norman Newt to all of our volunteers for all the outstanding work you've done, and to Rick, Tom and Caroline for keeping it all going in the right direction. Special cheers to all of our clients, supporters and partners for being with us through the last 12 months, we look forward to working with you in 2019 .
BIG CHEER- Hooray!!!!

Norman feels a song coming on so feel free to sing-a-long

The BCV Christmas Song

Rhodys burning on an open fire
Cold mud dripping from your nose,
Rick and Jo working without tire,
And Jane dressed in Sunday clothes

Everybody knows a bow saw and some loppers so,
Help to make the task day right.
Lewis with his cheeks all aglow,
Won't find it hard to sleep tonight.

Hedge laying season's on its way;
Tom has gloves and stakes in his 'sleigh'.
And every volunteer will try,
To see if wildlife they can spy.

And so I'm offering these outdoor days,
To kids from eight to eighty-two,
Although its been said many times, many ways,
A very BCV Christmas to you.

Norman's Christmas Jingle

Dashing through the snow
Trying to 'walk this way'
O'er the fields we go
Skipping all the way.

Shiny bill hooks ring
Making pleaches right..
Oh! What fun it is to sing
A hedgerow song tonight!

Jingle newts, jingle newts,
Jingle all Sunday.
Oh! what fun it is to lay
A hedge on Christmas Day.

Oh Jingle newts, jingle newts,
Jingle all the day.
Oh! what fun it is to trim
A hedge the Bolton way.

Walking 'cross the mud,
Rain is in the sky.
Looking for the pub,
Six miles till we're dry.

Gaiters, hats and gloves,
Keeping walkers dry.
Oh! What fun it is to sing
A walking song hoo-ray!

Oh! Jingle newts, jingle newts,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to be
Outside New Years day.

Oh! Jingle newts, jingle newts,
Jingle all the night;
Oh! what fun it is have
A group that does things right.

Merry Christmas and a Happy Newt Year