To add variety to our Wednesday gatherings we have been supported by the B&BC Wildlife Trust 'Nature Improvement Programme', which enabled us to work on a scheme to improve the grassland at Highbury Park.
During August we took delivery of four bales of wildflower rich hay from Eades Meadow;
The lower part of the meadow, adjacent to Shutlock Lane, was treated prior to delivery, this was followed by hay strewing and yellow rattle seed broadcasting a couple of weeks later, we wait for next year to see the results.
Hay Strewing at Highbury
|Four of these bales were deposited at Highbury Meadows|
|The bales were then rolled, broken and scattered so that the hay could be hand strewn over the prepared site|
|The proposal was sent out for consultation|
The woodland season begins with an introduction to managing small wooded areas, with topics involving -
- coppicing (practice and theory)
- tools - bowsaw, billhook, axe
- health and safety
- species identification
- 'crafting the woodland'
- managing access
- public relations