Our workday was nicely wedged between two thunderstorms, and you could feel the heavy air as we worked, boy was it humid.
Four wildlife warriors made it today. Mick W, Arron, Mick D and myself.
Our first job was to clear the overgrown steps down to the reservoir. This was just cutting back nettles and cleavers. We threw the cuttings back into the scrub so any insect larvae or eggs will survive. A couple of the steps need a small repair, but it is all functional again.
The steps lead down to the network of paths around Cawston wood and a stream that allows us to water our wildflower bed.
There are 30 different wildflowers starting to come up and I am looking forward to seeing them flower and then seed. We will need to give the area a very heavy rake in the summer to create bare ground, so the seeds can find the soil and germinate.
Bizarrely, if you go down the steps there is a nature-made buttercup meadow.
If we could just transfer this up onto the greenway… haha!!!
We do have a number of wildflowers with the dominant ones being bird’s-eye speedwell and buttercup so we can encourage these as much as possible.
We just need to create the correct conditions for this to spread, which means getting rid of the scrub, nettle and other invasive weeds. We also need to introduce yellow rattle to slow the vigorous growth of the grass.
We spent the rest of the day just cutting back any bramble that looked like it was about to make a run for it across the path, and trying to untangle any that was growing amongst the wildflowers.
Loads of walkers and cyclists coming past today. It’s great to see the path getting so much use.
I have done as much research as is humanly possible to get us a mini wildflower meadow established. I have run the plans past people with excellent wildlife knowledge and they think it is workable, but I am winging it a bit, so if anyone can offer any insight, please be my guest. Remember though, we cannot use any vehicles and we absolutely will not use any form of weed-killer.
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/paul-hayden-hart to contribute to our seed fund.
And lastly, here is the guide from our seed supplier.