Cutting back – I am not sure if we are getting a lot of mixed messages and our various advisers telling us one thing and then telling us something else and every message is starting to conflict with previous messages. It certainly feels like it.
So I have looked at the advice that Warwickshire Wildlife Trust gave us when we started, and the Greener Greenway and Managing a Workday booklets that Sustrans gave us, and it clearly states that we need to make the path three meters wide. The reason for this is because the path is used by cyclists and pedestrians, so there has to be enough width for both to work together.
Both organisations then advise to create scallops to create micro-habitats for wildlife.
We will go as far as the drop-down that leads to Cawston Reservoir and our last picnic bench heading south. anything further and we will team up with Nick and Helen so we can learn from them and work with them to create the path that connects with NCN 41.
Today’s workday kind of shows where I am coming from.
This is before we started. A narrow path that means groups have to walk in a one-by-one line and anyone on a bike means someone has to move aside.
This is the end result. People can walk two or more abreast and there is enough room for cyclists to pass without anyone having to dive into the undergrowth.
We will need to cut scallops into this area next week and rake off the ground.
Last gasp of nectar and berries. Everything is shutting down for the winter, which is quite incredible to see.
Next workday is next Wednesday a bit later than usual. 11:30 start, cutting scallops and raking off the bit where we were today.