A great workday today and we were lucky to snatch a window of sunshine in what is turning into a soggy wet weekend.
We cleared the fallen tree and Mike chopped it up so that we could make a lovely log-pile. This will be fantastic to watch as it becomes the home for many insects, small mammals and fungi.
Getting right in to where the tree crashed through the canopy, it became obvious that we need to be opening up the path a lot more. When we had cleared away all the branches the sunlight flooded in and really brightened things up. Shirley made a list of about forty or more wild flowers that she spotted in the clearing by the underpass and the only way that these are going to spread is by getting rid of the dense canopy that is stopping anything growing at all.
Also, the wider the path, the better it will be for all the people using it because we can allow the narrow middle strip to recover a bit, as people walk on the newer bits. It will also help to avoid or walk around the muddy puddles that we get when it rains.
We are now on Twitter as @CawstonGreenway, as well as facebook, so we can keep up-to-date with what is going on and how we are progressing. Workdays are always advertised well in advance and anyone is more than welcome to join in for a couple of hours.
Next workday is Thursday 28th July 1pm to 3pm meeting at the picnic clearing. We need to dig the two picnic benches in so will have to dig down by about six inches. I will add a mattock to our kit to help us do this, we will get loads of use out of it grubbing out brambles and the like.
August workday is Sunday 14th 1pm to 3pm meeting at The Bear car park. I will get some paint and we can walk the whole length of the greenway and mark the trees that we want to remove. This means that we can really hit the ground running in September. We need to be really brave and push the clearings right back and we also need to start dead-hedging along the edges to secure the boundaries. My eventual aim is to have kissing-gates at the access points so we have some sort of control over motorbikes.
Thanks to all who turned out today.
See you on the next one!