These photos by John Packham show the dramatic change that has been made in the Nature Reserve over the last year. These two photos were taken pretty much at the exact same spot, the top photo was taken in March 2019 and the bottom photo in October 2020.
The weather conditions for October are predicted to be favourable, so we are scheduling two weekends of site maintenance in readiness for the winter months.
The first working party (Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th) will be directed towards the Nature Reserve and the ditch that runs adjacent to the car parking area. Weather permitting, we invite you to turn up with stout gloves and secateurs and/or loppers so we can clear old growth and generally tidy up. We also want to clear out the ditch so that, during heavy rain, excess water is carried away towards the culvert by the golf course.
The second working party (Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th) will focus on the green waste area next to the rifle club and the rubbish site. There is much overgrowth to be cut back and cleared, and all help will be appreciated.
The times will be 10.00 - 13.00 on each of the mornings, so any time you can contribute during those hours will be much appreciated.
These are before and after photos of a large hawthorn tree on plot 74b. This is part our ongoing effort to find more environmentally friendly ways to deal with green tree and bush waste than burning. First of all, four of the branches were cut to length and driven into the ground to create the corner posts. Then remaining branches were cut to suitable lengths and positioned around the sides in such a way that the smaller, shredded twigs and leaves would be contained in a relatively small footprint. Consequently we have created a different kind of compost bin that will provide nutrient in the future, at no cost - just a few hours of commitment. If we can encourage plot holders to adopt this approach to green waste it will greatly benefit everybody. Please let a Committee member know if you have a problem with a larger tree or shrub where we might be able to help with the shredding.