September 2014 – August 2015
The round seat view point, upper path and steps beside Marine Lake weeded and swept
Church Hill – invasive species at the zigzag path viewpoint such as hogweed, wild radish and willowherb are selectively removed by hand while a neighbouring patch is scythed
The grassy bank beside the green gate in St Andrew’s churchyard wall once again selectively weeded and scythed to promote the growth of fine grasses and wild flowers
Wain’s Hill – removing regrown tree shoots and bramble from scrub first cleared in 2011
A woodland glade on Church Hill, first cleared of scrub in October 2013, is maintained by removing re-growth of bramble, feral raspberry, nettles and tree stump shoots
Trimming the hedge and re-cutting sycamore to maintain coastal views from seats
Church Hill – sycamore control to restore a thicket and tidying of the zigzag continues
This view from Church Hill and access to the zigzag path are improved by scything
Hack’s Way trimmed and weeded, and litter and overhanging vegetation cleared. The nearby formal path beside the Salthouse Flats weeded and swept
Scything on Wain’s Hill. Cut vegetation is allowed to dry for 3 days before raking off.
St Andrew’s church – the green gate grassy bank is scythed and raked and the path swept
Church Hill – invasive wild radish is controlled by scything and grubbing to allow grasses and less vigorous wild species to thrive. Cut material is raked off to reduce soil fertility.
Disturbed ground beside Wain’s Hill zigzag path has been densely populated by sycamore seedlings, which will need to be removed to prevent competition with other plants
Weeding, tidying and sweeping steps and paths leading to Church Hill
Litter picking around the site of a popular hideout in secondary woodland on Church Hill. And the downside of providing a seat at a fine viewing point – an elicit bonfire and litter!
Repairing a woodland step in Salthouse woods
Grubbing out nettles by the path below woodland on the south east corner of Church Hill
Wain’s Hill – rediscovering an old path. Believed to have been constructed in the 1980s 0r ’90s, this zigzag path was clearly gravelled and edged with boards, now rotting away.
Blackthorn overhanging the path between Church Hill and the churchyard cut back. Arisings left to rot down near the old quarry, an interesting feature, now more visible.
The Friends of Poets’ Walk contribute to the start of refurbishing the Marine Lake by thoroughly clearing and sweeping the two access paths as well as the path above
A final session of scrub clearing work in St Andrew’s church yard
Scrub clearing work in St Andrew’s church yard continues …
Clearing bramble and other scrub from old graves in St Andrew’s church yard
Uncovering two ancient apple trees on Wain’s Hill that had become almost totally engulfed by brambles and ivy. Increased light should help the trees to recover.
Wains’ Hill – raking and sweeping slippery autumn leaves on steep paths
Church Hill – clearing fresh growth of brambles and feral raspberries from a woodland glade, first cleared of scrub last winter, and cutting out further old scrub
The Clevedon Woodcutters for Wildlife coppicing sycamore on Church Hill to return secondary woodland to a thicket habitat, after clearing bramble from adjacent grassland
On a beautiful autumn afternoon 14 volunteers cleared brambles etc. from along the churchyard fence and the rockface to allow the more delicate native species to thrive.
On 22nd October the North Somerset Times published this letter from a Clevedon resident.
It’s always encouraging and very rewarding to receive such positive feed-back about our work.
Thank you, Allan Andrews.
Widening the access to Hack’s Way from Church Hill, and weeding the pathway
While tidying this path beside the Salthouse Flats the volunteers were ably assisted by passer-by John (in the hat), aged 94, who also shared their tea break.
The path, seats and stone steps above Marine Lake tidied in preparation for the Clevedon Tides Festival to be held on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd September
Raking up dried grass on two sections of a Church Hill slope, 3 days after scything. The grass is left to rot down in suitable gaps in the surrounding scrubland.
An early September working party tea break. The Friends of Poets’ Walk celebrating the completion of three successful years of volunteering .
The grass on the top of Wain’s Hill and Church Hill is cut by tractor, baled and removed annually in late summer. The borders of the formal paths are mechanically cut twice yearly by the North Somerset Council ground maintenance team.