We are ahead of our winter schedule, which is probably a first in all of the ten years that we have been doing the greenway.
Marcus, Chris, Aaron, Kerrie, Mick and myself made it today and seeded the last three of our four bench areas, and also made a couple of smaller clearings between bench #1 and bench #2 and seeded these as well.
The wildflower seeds are – Yarrow, Hedge Garlic, Cornflower, Lesser Knapweed, Oxeye Daisy, Wild Carrot, Teasel, Vipers Bugloss, St John’s-wort, Field Scabious, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Wild Parsnip, Common Sorrel, Red Clover, Dark Mullein and Tall Mullein.
The grasses that came with this mix are – Meadow Foxtail, Crested Dogstail, Cocksfoot, Red Fescue, Yorkshire Fog and Common Bent.
This seed mix is supplied by Habitat Aid.
We also sowed Lady’s Bedstraw and Hedge Bedstraw to help our bloody-nosed beetle colony.
These seeds are supplied by Sustrans.
And lastly, at bench #4 we added Foxgloves, Poppies, Cornflowers and other wildflower seeds to really boost the flower colours and drag in as many pollinators as possible.
So to recap, we have four bench clearings, and two extra scallops between bench #1 and #2. The spring and summer work plan will be focussed on weeding out any unwanted plants that try to dominate in these clearings.
Next week we are working from Potsford Dam, heading south, to site our other benches and ease the scrub between the bridge and bench #5.
We still have enough money in the seed kitty to buy another kilogram of the wildflower mix, but we need to hold fire until the end of the summer, just to see what happens with the work done this winter.
Lots of questions about the trees up the path. I am sure all will come clear over the next few days.
Great day, loads of banter, lots done!