We are having to adapt slightly to fit in with the rest of the clearing season and get the most that we can, with as little effort as possible.
With this in mind, we are going to focus most of our work on the part that is south of where the bridleway crosses, down to the path that takes us off the greenway and down to Draycote Water.
So the thought that needs to be in the front of our minds is “maximum return for minimum effort.”
On to today, and Marcus and myself started clearing an existing bench area, ready for the new arrival. We hollowed out the bench space on one side, and then started to create a window on the other.
The scrub before…
And the start of the clearance…
What we want to do is take out a 90-degree chunk so that there is a clear view across Dunsmore Heath from the bench.
What we then want to do is sow a load of seeds that will really attract bees. Foxgloves are a firm favorite of mine.
The idea being that the bench becomes a destination for anyone who wants to just sit and enjoy the view, a coffee, and maybe a bit of cake, whilst the bees are busy at work.
Other wildflowers that are very good for bees and other pollinators are honeysuckle, white and red clover, comfrey, greater knapweed, viper’s bugloss, and wood anemone. This, along with other native wildflowers, should give us at least seven months of flowers and will be delightful for any wildlife spotters, photographers, and recorders (https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/home).
We have not quite worked out where our last round bench is going to go, but it will be a similar set-up, but slightly skewed in favour of something else. My head is kind of thinking about lady’s bedstraw and bloody-nosed beetles. This plant will also attract butterflies and bees, and no less than fifteen moth larvae use it as a food-plant.
A couple of shots up and down show how lovely it is at the moment.
Next week we will be clearing more of the scrub to give us our 90-degree viewing window.
Great day today.