A Wet Tuesday

Tuesday, August 18th 2015

Foxglove today was very wet. This did not deter our hardy volunteers who still turned up in good numbers to work on the reserve. Some spent time strimming and mowing the entrance track and garden which now look very smart indeed. Others donned waterproofs and headed out with loppers, spades, forks and secateurs to the Heathland. In summer our Heathland plants are constantly becoming overgrown by small trees and shrubs such as Birch, Willow, Hazel and Hawthorn and keeping these under control is no mean feat. Without intervention our Heath soon looks like this.

After a day of clearing out the unwanted species, the areas we had done were looking much better.

To prevent regrowth, ideally each sapling must be pulled or dug up by the root which is time consuming and hard work.

Although there is still a way to go with this task, we are making good progress. Thank you very much to everyone who braved the rain today- jobs like this could not be done without your help. 


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