Monthly Diary

September 2019 marked the start of our ninth year of volunteer work on Poets’ Walk. Following is a photographic record of our activities in reverse chronological  order …

See also our second year (September 2012 – August 2013),  third year (September 2013 – August 2014), fourth year (September 2014 – August 2015), fifth year (September 2015 – August 2016), sixth year (September 2016 – 2017), seventh year (September 2017 – 2018) and our eighth year (September 2018- 2019)

March 2020

Wain’s Hill – a section of the rampart slope,  left uncut last year, needs scything to control scrub regrowth. Brambles encroaching into the grassland above are cut and grubbed out.

Enhancing a woodland glade on Church Hill (behind Salthouse Flats)

Enhancing a woodland glade on Church Hill by grubbing out bramble roots. An elder is pollarded to prevent toppling over, and non-native, invasive 3-cornered leek is removed.

February 2020

The area around the coast path seats is tidied, and ivy is cut back from the rock face.

Trimming back brambles along the 1923 path. Cutting out Holm oak on the slope above the coast path to promote growth of native species including hawthorn and blackthorn.

Enhancing the rocky slope habitat above the coastal path by trimming back invasive ivy, and restoring the path width by removing accumulated soil and debris along the sides

Cutting out invasive, non-native Holm oak on Church Hill to restore good scrub habitat

Improving the coastal path at Wain’s Hill headland by trimming and widening

The woodland glade behind the Salthouse Flats is improved by cutting out brambles and some invasive tree suckers, trimming buddliea and removing dangerous dead branches.

January 2020

Tidying the coastal path beside St Andrew’s Church Glebe field.

Pollarding elder trees along the path to the Wain’s Hill battery site to rejuvinate them and prevent these shallow-rooted trees collapsing over the path under their own weight.

The coastal path is routinely tidied to maintain good access for walkers by trimming back vegetation, removing mud from the edges and sweeping.

Church Hill – shoots of sycamore arising from old stumps are removed in order to maintain this dense thicket as a valuable habitat and shelter for wildlife.

Church Hill – the spread of wild cherry suckers is controlled, and the view to the Pier from the top of the zig zag path is improved by reducing the height of shrubby vegetation.

December 2019

The coastal path past the cemetery, leading towards Wain’s Hill, is well maintained.

Enhancing the site of the old quarry on Church Hill

November 2019

the coast path towards Wain's Hill

The edges of the coast path are cleared of mud and debris and vegetation trimmed back.

Clearing nettles and brambles along the right of way behind the cemetery allotments

The badger bridge on the coast path is regularly tidied and swept.

Weeding and tidying at Wain’s Hill battery and clearing nettles beside the approach path

Church Hill – clearing autumn leaves, mud & weeds, and pulling nettles beside the path

Scrub control on Church Hill – clearing marginal brambles and removing sycamore shoots

October 2019

The coastal path to Wain’s Hill is cleared of accumulated mud and weeds.

Maintaining good access along a Church Hill path by clearing nettles and low branches

Church Hill – clearing away strimmed nettles along the central path and raking off mown grass on the steep slope above; cutting back brambles encroaching on the 1923 grass path

Grass on Wain’s Hill ramparts, recently mown and partly raked down by Green Mantle, is taken further into the woodland to create habitat piles. More nettles are hand pulled.

Overgrown nettles bordering the central formal path are strimmed and then raked off.

The coastal path near the lookout tidied and swept and an old seat cleared of weeds

Wain’s Hill rampart grassland, much improved by twice-yearly scything, has been mown this autumn by the council contractor Green Mantle. Steep grassland on Church Hill is mown, and arisings then raked off, by our volunteers.  Marginal brambles are cut back.

Removing a fallen tree from the trail, clearing nettles and tidying in Church Hill quarry

September 2019

The coastal path on Church Hill near the lookout is tidied and swept.

Church Hill – raking off the cut grass after Monday’s mowing, and cutting back brambles

Church Hill plateau has been tractor mown but steep slopes must be brush-cut or scythed.