One thing that we learned this year and last, is that the path works so much better when it is wide. This is because it feels far less intimidating if people can see 100 metres or so ahead of themselves whilst walking or cycling. It also means people can walk two or more abreast and actually have a conversation and lastly, removing the bramble scrub on the edge of the path means wildflowers pop up and make it much more interesting for wildlife.
Now that we have our three statement wildflower glades, the rest of the autumn and winter will be spent gently pushing out the width and just general maintenance.
We finished the Potford Dam glade and seeded it with a lot of locally harvested seeds and the remains of our bought seed mix. There is a good mixture of perennials and annuals so long-term the wildflower clearings should start to look after themselves. They just need cutting and clearing once a year around September time.
Setting up, views across the heath and our coffee and cookie break.
We cleared out this year’s spent wildflowers and all the bramble before seeding. It will look amazing in the summer and will attract a lot of wildlife.
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