Green gate project

In November 2013, inspired by an old Clevedon post card showing St Andrew’s Church and with the full approval of the church folk, the Friends of Poets’ Walk set out to restore the view of our old Parish Church from the path that leads from Salthouse Road.

Old Church postcard 1The old postcard above shows that the gate in the churchyard wall was regularly used. It would have been the main entrance to the churchyard for those coming from the town on foot. Church notices can be seen on both gateposts and the wall is well maintained.

green gate 14th November 2013:  the churchyard wall is covered with ivy, and nettles thrive on the bank beneath. Large elm suckers and self-seeded elder grow close to the wall, threatening the stone work and blocking the view of the church.

green gate 2Brambles threaten to obliterate the old green-painted gate and prevent access. Volunteers trimmed some of them back last year.

green gate project a9th November 2013: On a pouring wet Saturday morning the Friends, ably assisted by the Clevedon Woodcutters for Wildlife and St Andrew’s church warden, felled trees and started to cut back brambles – all by hand.

tackling bramblesTackling the brambles …

brambles half goneThe wall appears …

brambles 2The rain stops and the sun comes out … the last bramble patch

green gate project 9 Nov 2013 bThe work is nearly done …

green gate project bThe end of the morning’s work.

Remembrance Sunday 10 NovThe next day was Remembrance Sunday.

St Andrew's Church 21 Nov 201321st November: A view worthy of a new postcard!

green gate sanding

2nd December:

Five members of the Clevedon Civic Society Environment Group, after consultation with the Church authorities, sanded and painted the green gate, as well as the main gate outside the lych gate.

green gate painting Dec 2013

Green Gate stumps cut30th December: The remaining tree stumps cut down by a volunteer contractor

green gate ivy clearing2nd January 2014: Volunteers clear ivy from the wall, and remove ivy and bramble roots from the bank below to allow grass and wildflowers to recolonise the patch.

green gate bank weeding10th April 2014: Grass is gradually recolonising the bank. Nettles and other invasive species are removed, and new shoots are trimmed from the tree stumps.

green gate bank cut 28th May 2014: Rank vegetation is cut back using scythe and sickle, and removed, as the next stage in establishing a grassy, wild flower bank.

green gate bank March 2015Weeding (especially of nettles) and tidying of the path edges continues as necessary. This photo is from March 2015 and shows how ivy-leaved toadflax is colonising the wall.

geen gate bank in AprilRank grasses and dandelions flourishing on the green gate bank in April 2015

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2 Responses to Green gate project

  1. Bob Hardcastle says:

    Clevedon Civic Society’s Environment Group were very pleased to help Clevedon Conservation Volunteer’s with the painting of the gates after all the Volunteer’s hard work in clearing the brambles etc.

    • poetswalk says:

      This is such a good example of cooperation between groups! Thank you Bob for mobilising your team and for your kind comment.

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