New Clearing Area Identified

It started off a bit cool on the greenway today, but as the sun burnt away the cloud, it soon warmed up. Four of us today and we met at the gate with a view, and pushed on towards the Bear pub.

IMG_5231The westerly view is quite outstanding and gets better and better, as the crop comes into harvest and turns bright yellow.

We just snipped back any bramble that looked like it was threatening to come over the path, and picked up a black bag full of litter.

Some wild flowers are starting to come up on this raised part of the path.

You can see from the next photo, what a pleasant morning it was turning out to be.

IMG_5235The area where we want to create a new clearing is either side of the new underpass. The soil has been greatly disturbed when the underpass was put in and this means that a lot of dormant wild flower seeds will have been disturbed and kick-started into germination.

We just need to knock back the bramble at the moment. The path subtly changes to a north-easterly direction, in the section leading up to the underpass, so this gives us a deep southerly facing bank that is drenched in sunlight for most of the day. Perfect for wild flowers, butterflies and bees.

IMG_5243This is the Bear side of the underpass. The cutting gets deeper and deeper, and very wet, before emerging onto flat ground and joining the path that runs along the Western Relief Road.

An encouraging sign that we are on the right track.

IMG_5245Possibly a male Common Blue?

And just to finish, this is the wonderful contrast of the blossom on a Blackthorn tree.

IMG_5247Next workday will be Monday 27th April at 9am. Working on the area around the new underpass.

Thanks to all who made it today.

Paul

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