A shift in what we are doing…

Sunday was a shift indeed. Instead of kicking about looking for jobs to do over the summer, we started to look for wildflowers and mini-beasts. Oh boy, did we find some beauties.

Aaron, Mick, Linda, Jack and myself made it today. We started pulling up nettles to give everything else a chance to grow.


A quick look up and down shows how it has really greened up!


Loads of new wildflowers and insects, butterflies and spiders. Even a bit of fungi, but I am going to put the photos in the relevant sections on the blog.

Thanks Mick for your patience and teaching about wildflowers. We are all learning from you.

Next one is at the underpass. We need to pull out the stumps where we have worked last winter. The stumps are dangerous if they are cut two or so feet from the ground and could cause injury if someone falls from a bike, or low level stumps that people will trip over.

Thanks all today.


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2 Responses to A shift in what we are doing…

  1. Neil Mahler says:

    You seem to be making a lot of unnecessary work for yourselves regarding those tree stumps … why not simply cut them off at ground level and put a small mound of soil over them ?
    If you do not want them to put up new shoots then simply mix up a strong Glyphosphate solution and pour into a bottle with a fine nozzle (old washing up liquid bottle) and remove the bark to expose fresh wood and carefully drizzle the Glyphosate around the entire circumference.
    When you are happy the cut stump is dead, you can then cover it with soil.

    Personally, I see nothing wrong with leaving stumps as they are – just leave them for fungi and then invertebrates to decompose them … this is the countryside after all and people should expect hazards.

    Pulling nettles would also seem to be a waste of time – these really need to be dug up with a fork as the long network of yellow roots have to be removed as well otherwise they will simply grow again and surely there must also be a huge nettle seed bank ready to germinate once you have cleared the area ?

    As for benches (getting stolen) you will have to site these well away from access points as the further thieves have to make off with them the more likely they are to be seen.
    Try making them more rustic by building your own – you could even construct one around (but not attached to) a tree based on a framework like noughts & crosses – no thief wants to go to the trouble of having to undo lots of screws (so they vandalise them instead … oh dear)
    Failing that, you will have to construct a concrete base with metal brackets inserted and the bench legs are either chained to the brackets or are directly attached using special screws or bolts requiring a special tool.

    Is your above link to iRecord OK ? When I clicked on it, a warning came up on my screen to say my browser (both Safari and Crome) do not recognise the site and another (dodgy) site may have hi-jacked it. “Fungi” only come up if I hover my cursor over the bird box link.

    Finally, please change your captions for fungi where you write “Silver Leaf Disease” and replace it with ”Silverleaf fungus” please – the fungus CAUSES the disease (which turn the Prunus leaves silvery and kills the tree)

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