We spent a bit of time cutting back brambles that are encroaching onto the path again today, but also had a really good look at what is growing on the cleared banks when we are in cutting, and also what was growing on the embankment sections.
The wild flowers are really fighting for space and the insect life is literally buzzing.
I think that it would be a good idea to simply clear all the scrub in all the areas that are in cutting. We can leave the quality trees on the edges and a few of the mature standard trees, but everything else is simply poor value and is stopping wild flowers growing, like they are in the pictures above where we have cleared to the edges.
The biggest sections that are in cutting are the one in the picture above, and the one that runs from the new underpass, all the way down to The Bear pub. Where the greenway turns to embankment there are a huge number of mature trees so there will be no great loss of tree life on the edges and on the sides of the embankment.
In terms of the path, I think we need to keep a 2.5 metre wide strip that we keep short somehow, maybe get some swishers like what Aaron has? This will hopefully encourage people to not walk on the narrow muddy part of the path and give it change to recover somewhat.
Encouraging day today and things are going the right way for us.