Monthly Diary

Mid-September 2020 marked the start of our tenth year of volunteering on Poets’ Walk. The following entries illustrate our work month by month 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), eighth year (September 2018- 2019) and our ninth year.

April 2021

Controlling the spread of bramble and wild raspberry in grassland and woodland glade

Improving access along the coast path at the headland by trimming, shovelling & sweeping

Weeding and sweeping the coastal path near the cemetery and the badger bridge

Pruning buddleia on the south-facing slope of Church Hill and cutting marginal brambles

Accumulated mud and encroaching vegetation cleared along the coast path on Wain’s Hill

On 1st April, our volunteers were finally able to get back to work after Covid 19 restrictions were eased to allow six people to meet outdoors.

December 2020

Returning to work after the second Covid 19 lockdown, volunteers clear accumulated mud and autumn leaves from the approach path to Wain’s Hill as well as from steps and all the formal paths near Marine Lake, to benefit crowds of Christmas visitors.

November 2020

A month-long second Covid 19 lockdown prevents our volunteers from turning out.

Church Hill – pulling nettles, scything grass & tidying the zigzag steps to improve access.

October 2020

The spread of scrub on Church Hill is controlled by selective cutting back while grassland quality is improved by autumn scything and raking.

Church Hill above the Salthouse – a steep bank is scythed and raked while access is improved along two paths by cutting back encroaching brambles and pulling nettles.

The coast path is cleared of encroaching vegetation & soil, and the seats tidied & weeded.

Wain’s Hill ramparts – grass recently cut by the contractor Green Mantle has been left as a long row and needs to be raked off the slope into the woodland to create habitat piles.

Raking off the cut grass on a Church Hill slope to promote a good grassland habitat. Cutting back encroaching brambles and pulling nettles on a bank beside the 1923 path.

September 2020

With the consent of St Andrew’s PCC, invasive Russian vine growing unchecked in the cemetery is cut down. The vine had almost killed the shrub that it was smothering.

Late summer mowing on the two steep slopes of Church Hill begins. The tops of both hills have now been tractor mown by a North Somerset Council contractor.

Our paths team are steadily catching up with cutting back overgrown vegetation and tidying along the coastal path.

See earlier entries from 2019/20 here