This is the big one! Kinda the centre of what we are trying to create.
All of this has to go.
We need to rake off as much of the cuttings as possible and pile them up out of the area. The pile will be used by a vast amount of wildlife for nesting. We remove the cuttings because wildflowers don’t like soil that is rich in nutrients.
We repositioned the birdfeeder stands so there is one on each side of the clearing, cleared all the litter and got the grass around the picnic bench really short with our new electric strimmer, so it is comfortable to sit at.
So why is this at the centre of what we are trying to create? Well, we don’t just want a green path going from A to B. I mean, how boring would that be! What we want is clearings that are bursting with colour and wildlife, plenty of places to sit and enjoy the wildlife, or have a picnic with friends or family, or just a simple cuppa and biscuit. A place to contemplate stuff or just get away from the grind of life for a bit, a place that does not feel too hemmed-in and intimidating. Great views across the heath. Snowdrops and bluebells at the start of the new year to help people to think about the warmer months just around the corner.. Somewhere that is uplifting and relaxing.
To sit at the bench in this clearing and watch the great tits and long-tailed tits darting back and forth to the feeders is just magical.
The path continues at either end of the clearing. Northwards for a more wooded or forestry feel and southwards for a more open grassland feel.
Everyone welcome to join in, and if you like what we do and enjoy the greenway you can click on the Patron link on the right-hand side and help to keep the show on the road. Any amount helps – £2 a month, the cost of a cuppa, anything will be appreciated and gives us a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that we are adding value.