September 2017 marked the start of our seventh 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), our third year (September 2013 – August 2014), fourth year (September 2014 – August 2015), fifth year (September 2015 – August 2016 and our sixth year (September 2016 – 2017)
Reducing the height of old ivy-clad elder trees to rejuvinate them by promoting bushy growth, thereby improving this thicket on Church Hill as a wildlife habitat
Steps and paths near the churchyard weeded and swept
A south-facing woodand glade on Church Hill is extended by clearing back more bramble. Tall hawthorns growing among ash trees are topped to promote bushier growth.
Church Hill – controlling the spread of an old bramble patch into grassland and thinning self-set ash saplings to enhance a woodland glade
The badger bridge and coastal path towards Church Hill tidied and swept
Work around the holly tree continues in St Andrew’s churchyard
The coastal path, seats and rock face are routinely tidied, weeded and swept
Thirteen volunteers were involved in clearing brambles and ivy from around the graves in St Andrew’s churchyard.
Tea break turned out to be a birthday celebration with cake!
Uncovering old graves in St Andrew’s churchyard by cutting back a large holly tree
Enhancing the ramparts & woodland on Wain’s Hill by managing sycamore
Digging out remaining nettles and brambles in woodland glades on Church Hill
The paths & steps beside Marine Lake tidied and swept before a Marlens weekend event
Thinning out sycamore enhances woodland and reveals a sunset view from Church Hill
The path along the south flank of Church Hill cleared of autumn leaves and mud
Self-set sycamores have obscured the view from Church Hill to the west; tree thinning reveals the view once more and enhances the woodland habitat by allowing in light.
A hedge of old brambles is cleared from the path edge near St Andrew’s to improve access for the contractor’s tractor and to allow low growing wild species to flourish on the bank.
Autumn leaves and mud are swept off Wain’s Hill paths to minimise the slip hazard
Church Hill – follow-up scrub control in the woodland glade behind Salthouse Flats by pulling feral raspberries and nettles and grubbing out remaining brambles
The coast path and the adjoining path beside the cemetery tidied and swept
Church Hill – scything the grass at the view point above the zigzag path, pulling nettles and cutting out tree shoots to preserve the view to the Pier and beyond
The steps and path above Marine Lake are thoroughly swept of autumn leaves.
The last and steepest section of the Wain’s Hill rampart slope is mechanically trimmed.
Work continues along the coastal path, and the well known badger bridge gets a thorough tidy up.
After scything the Wain’s Hill rampart slope the arisings are left to dry for a few days, then raked off and left as habitat piles to rot down in the woodland below. Remaining nettles are pulled by hand. A curiously grown yew tree adds interest to the slope.
2nd October – we’re all out a-mowing!
An old petrol mower is useful for keeping small semi-formal areas tidy.
The formal path from Church Hill to Salthouse Fields and carpark weeded and swept
Late summer scything starts on Church Hill on a slope too steep for tractor mowing. The arisings are left to dry for 3 days and then raked off and left as habitat piles in the scrub.