Quite a relaxed workday today with four of us turning out. Working in the picnic clearing, cutting back new growth from the stumps of trees that have been left. We need to drill deep holes into the tops of these stumps and drip in some weed-killer or we will be going round in circles doing the same job every year.
All the cut timber has been stored under the bridge so it can dry out and be used as kindling for fires. We also got a lot of the litter bagged up and removed.
We raked off a lot of fallen leaves to reveal loads of wild flowers starting to grow on the banks. The amount of people using the path has increased massively and this is because it is cut back so that it feels open and people feel safer.
We saw our first butterfly of the year, which was a yellow Brimstone. It has been a tough year for butterflies in 2012 so we need to encourage as many nectar rich wild flowers as possible, which means open clearings.
All-in-all I think we have salvaged a good cutting season on the greenway, despite not being massively active over the winter due to bad weather and my family and work commitments. However, things are getting a bit easier for me and if we work on keeping the path pushed as wide as possible over the summer, we will be in good shape to really let rip on the clearings an ballast path come September when the bird nesting season ends.
Next workday is Friday 19th April at 11am. Rake off the remaining leaves from the picnic clearing banks and have a massive bonfire!!
See you there.