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looking for some advice

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I Chair a local community Conservation group .as a group we hold a long term lease on a mixed woodland/grass 17 acre property near Scarborough. The land we lease is in the middle of a 220 ha woodland and has a permissive bridleway right through the centre of it. The land is visited daily by walkers ,bird watchers & horse riders. The grass has for the last few years been cut and the Hay burnt . We have been advised that since we have no use for the hay we should abandon our summer hay cutting and Top the grass three times a year instead. The reason been that as the grass has public access lots of dog shit. http://www.nfus.org.uk/uploadedFiles/Campaigns/Disease%20in%20Livestock.pdf

and mole hills that seem to be getting bigger each year.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=1SDACAAAQBAJ&pg=PT79&lpg=PT79&dq=hay+contamination+from+mole+hills&source=bl&ots=ghDU07Mbmx&sig=0baLEEoawL3PStfID95aSUJptI4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEcQ6AEwCGoVChMI2vjfgrTsyAIVR9saCh04vQdg#v=onepage&q=hay%20contamination%20from%20mole%20hills&f=false

Both the mole hills and the dog shit have in them the capacity to harm/kill any animals that might eat the hay and as a result makes the hay unsellable, in fact even giving it away could cause us problems.

Do we TOP and remove any possibility of been taken to court, but change the nature of the sward or do we carry on with the hay cutting ? The first is cheaper, quicker and easily done. The second has the risk of animal deaths associated with it , the possibility of legal action against me but the sward carry s on developing as a flower meadow?

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Wild horses will not keep us away this time

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The meadow this week 28 oct With crossed fingers !!! Brush cutting, grass cutting bulb planting and seeding if we have the time . So it will a huge bonfire if thats your idea of fun like the rest of us lol

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The best Wild life reserve in the Country

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The volunteers will be back home in the Meadow trying against the odds, to make it the best Wild Life reserve in the Country.
We will be cutting back the brush near the east gate grass cutting the paths and nursery patches . We will also be starting to thin trees

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Soz people

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I just want to say sorry to those members & friends of the meadow that are expecting regular weekend tasks on Raincliffe Meadow. It became clear in the late spring/summer that we could not come anywhere near guaranteeing sufficient numbers of volunteers on the meadow, some weeks there would 2 or 3 three people but more often than not just me with all the tools. Planning for each week became imposable as I did not know who would be turning out week after week. I have decided to make our weekend visits to the meadow a bit more special and create Task/Event days ,this will allow me to organise the tasks and have plenty of time to cancel if we have not got enough interest .
Coming up soon
Bulb planting
Scrub clearance
path clearance
felling
And wild flower seed planting
Cheers Ron

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coming soon

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We will be having some event days dates published soon but just to wet your what you ma call it here are a few things we will be doing.

English Daffodil planting
Grass cutting
Wild flower seed planting
hedge planting
felling & timber removal
Tree planting
Brush cutting
Building feeder stations
Chipping
ID recording

So as you can see we have a busy few months and thats without the remembrance garden and the bird hide

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A swap

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I am sorry about this people but this Wednesday has been swapped with the one after so to speak. The Volunteers have no suitable transport available this week and so we have had to as I say swap em round. So its back to the Stepney pathway and a big push to finish it, see you there.

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