Back in the same area today, as Saturday. Myself, Aaron and Chris made it and we got a fair bit done. Mainly raking up brash that we cut down a few years ago, and burning it.
Whilst it is good for fungi and insects to have all the wood to grow on and burrow into, we don’t really want to have all these nutrients go back into the soil. Natural wild flowers prefer nutrient-poor soil to thrive, believe it or not. We do build log piles for the insects and fungi to thrive.
We need to remove the canopy and clear the whole bank. This will go one of two ways, a lovely south-facing bank of wild flowers, or a mass of nettles. I guess that we will get nettles so we will just have to pull them up to allow the wild flowers to get established.
You can see how the area is starting to clear. Everything on the left needs to go. There will be a few mature trees that we will leave as features, but all the scrappy stuff needs to be cut down and thrown on the fire.
It is really therapeutic to be so close to nature and doing some good for our local community. I really believe that working the land and managing a harvest, all be it, a harvest of wild flowers, is in our genes. It is what our forefathers did for centuries so it has to be in our bones.
Next weekend workday is September 12th starting at 12:00.
Working on the area from the underpass to The Bear just clearing and burning scrub.
Next weekday workday is next Monday starting at 9:00.
Working from the entrance downwards, just cutting back anything growing over the path and picking up any litter.
Thanks for a great day today.