Snipping back is all we can do right now. With one other person from a different household and socially distanced.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, though.
First off – our snowdrops are starting to come up.
This was covered in dense ivy last year. It will be interesting to watch it grow and mature.
Moving on, we came to a wildflower scallop that we cleared out last year. I have kinda had this continual obsession that the path should resemble a woodland ride and break out into woodland glades at certain points along it.
So basically a nice wide path that breaks out into a number of clearings. All we can do is snip back, so we snipped back the other side of the wildflower scallop and released some of the larger trees.
One of the challenges that we have is that the path runs in a north-north-east direction on this stretch. This means none of the edges of the path are getting maximum sunshine. We can counter this by creating a wavy edge so micro-habitats that face south are allowed to develop. This will give us our greatest biodiversity.
We have one month left until the bird nesting season starts in March. We will then take stock of where we are and wildflower seed the areas where we want lots of colour.
Well done if you made it to here!