The ConVols are looking into the possibility of creating another volunteering day perhaps in the week but probably on a Sat .starting on Jan 11 The day would be a “Meadow Day “ and concentrate on working in Raincliffe Meadow. Tasks would include
Tree thinning ( winter )
Log cutting and removal ( winter )
wild life surveys
Grass cutting & removal
Tree ,wild flower, bird surveys
In the wooded parts of the meadow we have always been looking to use a coppice and standard model of management,the problem with this is we are restricted to the kinds of trees that are already planted or come in natures way ,this would be ok if we were managing the woods just for coppicing but we are not. Wild life must be our number one priority so we are looking at ways to improve the numbers and variety of our tenants and at the same time give the woods a more natural look by breaking up the straight lines, introducing new variety’s of trees, and bushes even possibly a glade or two .
As the name suggests this used to be a traditional English Meadow and despite the tree planting it still has a large grassed area and we are endeavouring to return this back to a beautiful flower meadow. We have started by cutting the grass (first time in over 10 years) and planted the semi parasitic plant “ Yellow Rattle “ this we hope will push back the vigorous grass and allow wild flowers to colonise, it might take a few years but we hope we will see this area covered in flowers in the not to distant future .
Those that are interested in the changes that come about with these interventions that we are making are more than welcome to study with us and you don’t need to commit to every activity day but If your interested in joining us please let us know in advance then we can plan the activities. You can contact me through this site on the contact page and
those that help can have a share of the logs that we cut
Come along and join us