Monthly Diary

Mid-September 2021 marked the start of our eleventh 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), ninth year (September 2019 20) and tenth year (September 2020 21)

May 2022

Weeding and sweeping the steps to Poets’ Walk and all paths to Marine Lake; clearing nettles, brambles and sycamore shoots along the 1923 path on Church Hill

April 2022

Pulling & forking out nettles on the green gate bank beside St Andrew’s Church; controlling brambles in grassland by the 1923 path over Church Hill

Encroaching vegetation and mud is cleared back along the coastal path on Church Hill. Ivy is trimmed along the coast path fence on Wain’s Hill.

The 1923 path over Church Hill is mown. Hack’s Way is mown and cleared of invasive species.

March and April 2022

Native species are encouraged in a Church Hill glade by selectively removing non-native & invasive species including purple toadflax, honesty, goosegrass, nettles and brambles.

March 2022

Wain’s Hill – weeding the coastal path & bank, and cutting & grubbing brambles

Church Hill – old blackthorn and elder trees, damaged by recent gales, have blocked the informal trail above the quarry and are cut back. Invasive ivy is cleared to expose more of the quarry rock face to encourage the establishment of other species.

February 2022

South side of Church Hill – cutting & grubbing brambles and pruning buddleia in a glade. Weeding, trimming and sweeping along the path leading from Salthouse carpark.

January 2022

Clearing along the coast path on Wain’s Hill and cutting back invasive ivy on the rock face

Controlling light scrub in a Church Hill glade and encroaching brambles on the hilltop

Tha first working party of the new year on Church Hill – cutting brambles, moving a fallen hawthorn branch, pruning the wild damson arch and path tidying, grubbing wild radish and litter picking

December 2021

Cutting out some massive bramble shoots that are invading grassland on Wain’s Hill. Raking down cut grass on the rampart slope into woodland below and making habitat piles.

November 2021

Grass on Wain’s Hill ramparts, cut in autumn by a contractor, has to be raked down into the woodland. Tidying of formal paths and seats continues throughout the year.

Trimming back vegetation and nettle pulling in Church Hill quarry glade to expose the rock face and to promote the establishment of valuable, less vigorous grassland species

Raking up after the autumn brush-cut on the less tractor-accessible areas of Church Hill

Clearing away encroaching vegetation and soil and tidying the seats along the coastal path

October 2021

Scything and raking a grass bank and clearing along the 1923 path on Church Hill. Cutting back brambles encroaching into grassland on Church Hill hilltop.

The bank along the coastal path on Wain’s Hill is cleared of invasive ivy and brambles while accumulated mud and vegetation is removed from the edges of the path.

Wain’s Hill battery site is tidied and weeded and the grass mown. Vegetation is cleared back from the parapet wall in preparation for rebuilding after an act of vandalism.

September 2021

Wain’s Hill battery site – cutting back buddleia from the retaining wall, pulling nettles and forking out greater plantain and tufts of cocksfoot grass from the grassy parade ground

The coastal path is enhanced by regularly clearing back overgrown vegetation, trimming back ivy from the rock face and keeping the seats clear of weeds and mud.

Clearing the 1923 woodland path on Church Hill of encroaching vegetation