Cutting Back

Cutting back – I am not sure if we are getting a lot of mixed messages and our various advisers telling us one thing and then telling us something else and every message is starting to conflict with previous messages. It certainly feels like it.

So I have looked at the advice that Warwickshire Wildlife Trust gave us when we started, and the Greener Greenway and Managing a Workday booklets that Sustrans gave us, and it clearly states that we need to make the path three meters wide. The reason for this is because the path is used by cyclists and pedestrians, so there has to be enough width for both to work together.

Both organisations then advise to create scallops to create micro-habitats for wildlife.

We will go as far as the drop-down that leads to Cawston Reservoir and our last picnic bench heading south. anything further and we will team up with Nick and Helen so we can learn from them and work with them to create the path that connects with NCN 41.

Today’s workday kind of shows where I am coming from.

This is before we started. A narrow path that means groups have to walk in a one-by-one line and anyone on a bike means someone has to move aside.

This is the end result. People can walk two or more abreast and there is enough room for cyclists to pass without anyone having to dive into the undergrowth.

We will need to cut scallops into this area next week and rake off the ground.

Last gasp of nectar and berries. Everything is shutting down for the winter, which is quite incredible to see.

Next workday is next Wednesday a bit later than usual. 11:30 start, cutting scallops and raking off the bit where we were today.

Paul

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Just trying to create a slice of wildlife and a place for people to chill out and meet new friends in this crazy world that we live in.
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7 Responses to Cutting Back

  1. Margaret brett says:

    Hi Paul. If it hadn’t been for you 7 years ago this would still be a litter strewn overgrown wilderness.

  2. Christa says:

    Dear Paul, I admire your commitment and determination and I love that you take care of the land in this area. I am very thankful for your huge input, your integrity and all the people you get involved. I like to read about it too so thank you for the blog.We are very fortunate to have you.

  3. Sue Wighins says:

    You are doing a sterling job. It must be very difficult to accommodate the wishes of everyone who uses the Greenway and unfortunately, there will always be people who expect their own needs to take precedence. I think you are creating something which tries to address the needs of ALL users but most importantly, puts the welfare and conservation of the habitat and wildlife first. Detractors should keep theur lips buttoned and, if they don’t like what you’ve done/plan to do, keep away! Carry on, great job, from overgrown and virtually unusable to a great community asset. Thank you x

  4. Sue Wiggins says:

    You are doing a sterling job. It must be very difficult to accommodate the wishes of everyone who uses the Greenway and unfortunately, there will always be people who expect their own needs to take precedence. I think you are creating something which tries to address the needs of ALL users but most importantly, puts the welfare and conservation of the habitat and wildlife first. Detractors should keep theur lips buttoned and, if they don’t like what you’ve done/plan to do, keep away! Carry on, great job, from overgrown and virtually unusable to a great community asset. Thank you x

  5. John says:

    Hi Paul, Well done for all your organisation and planning. With all the development planned/proposed for this area, the Greenway is an important refuge for all in Cawston and the surrounding area. Before you started organising us it was a track that was barely wide enough for one person in places, now we can all easily walk along our section. Well done.

  6. Rebecca says:

    Paul you are a credit to Cawston your vision and amazing work ethic is admirable, I love seeing the progress you have made with the pictures you post and wish to contribute some time myself in the near future to help.

  7. blhphotoblog says:

    You are doing a super job Paul, the wildlife will benefit a bit more light will do wonders!

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