Our Third Year

September 2013 – August 2014

To see what we achieved during our second year go to September 2012 – August 2013

August 2014

Hack’s Way (Church Hill) – overhanging vegetation from the allotments trimmed, pathway nettles scythed, other nettles and weeds pulled, and ivy and tree shoots cut back

photo 1aThe coastal path beside the Glebe field thoroughly tidied

Church Hill – the entire zigzag path weeded and tidied, and the 1923 path trimmed

follow up scrub controlFollow-up scrub control on Wain’s Hill – cuttting out young bramble, elder shoots etc.

July 2014

weeding beside bramble patchCutting back new bramble shoots to limit the spread of the large Church Hill bramble patch, and removing seeding thistle and wild radish from the neighbouring grassland

removing dock seedheadsChurch Hill – removing seeding dock to control its spread in the grassland

green gate bank weededSt Andrew’s Church green gate bank weeded and scythed again

Church Hill SW corner scythedChurch Hill, south-western corner – over dominant wild radish cut to prevent seeding and the area rough scythed to further encourage grass growth

bramble roots grubbedChurch Hill –  thistle and ragwort roots pulled and bramble roots grubbed out

clearing Church Hill butterfly gladeTidying a clearing in Church Hill woodland to create a butterfly glade and view

path strimmedThe grass on the Church Hill circular path trimmed to improve access and encourage walkers to use this newly restored route

Church Hill stepsChurch Hill – the steps overlooking the church yard given another thorough tidy

raking off

Scythed material from Wain’s Hill is raked off into the woodland below to compost down

June 2014


Scything the last section of the Wain’s Hill ramparts – the steepest and roughest part. The next mowing will be in September/October.


The 1st Clevedon Scout troop raking down scythed vegetation from the Wain’s Hill ramparts, while working towards their Community Service badge

top of zigzag scythed

 The viewpoint above the Church Hill zigzag path, as well as adjacent grassland,  scythed, weeded and raked. The newly replaced seat is proving popular.

zigzag from below

Church Hill zigzag path – overhanging vegetation cut back, and the stepped pathway tidied. The start of the zigzag is now more visible from the formal path below.

green gate bankSt Andrew’s Church green gate bank weeded and mown to encourage the grass cover

behind cemetery allotmentsThe informal footpath behind the cemetery allotments is open once again.

raking ramparts in JuneScythed vegetation from the Wain’s Hill ramparts is raked off and left out of sight in the scrub at the woodland edge to rot down.

rampart scythingMonday morning scything of the Wain’s Hill ramparts – 3 mowers today!

May 2014

Hack's Way weededHack’s Way thorougly weeded and tidied to Old Church Road

Church Hill – nettles scythed;  raking off scythed annual weeds on the re-established grass slope; grubbing out bramble roots and stumps and weeding the wooden steps

Wain's Hill scythingThe ‘June cut’ scything of the Wain’s Hill ramparts gets off to an early start. A lot of milk thistle this year, and dense nettles in the shade at the bottom of the slope.

SW corner Church Hill scythed bChurch Hill – scythed vegetation is raked off to reduce soil fertilty and allow in sunlight

SW corner Church Hill scythed aChurch Hill – scything nettles and wild radish to help good grassland re-establish

‘Hack’s Way’ is an ancient footpath and a Public Right of Way leading to Church Hill from Old Church Road past the allotments. Nettles and elder need to be kept cut back.

cemetery bankThe coastal path rock face by the cemetery fence cleared of invasive goose grass

scything on Church HillThe scything team in full swing mowing rank vegetation on a recently scrub cleared area of reclaimed grassland on Church Hill

weeding above zigzagChurch Hill – selective weeding in the grass and wild flower area above the zigzag path to reduce competition from over-vigorous species

green gate bank cutRank vegetation is cut back beside St Andrew’s churchwall green gate as the next stage in establishing a grassy, wild flower bank

steps beside Salthouse PubA flight of stone steps beside Salthouse Pub weeded and swept (before and after)

wild turnip pullingWain’s Hill – pulling (temporarily) invasive wild turnip plants from a previously scrub-covered patch of grassland to help the grass and wild flower population to reach a natural balance of species

April 2014

daffs on Wain's HillAccording to the rules pertaining to Scheduled Monuments, such as this Iron Age Hill Fort on Wain’s Hill, it is an offence to introduce plants or otherwise cause disturbance of the soil because of the archeaology below the surface. North Somerset Council therefore deemed it necessary to carefully remove these daffodils to deter further ‘moonlight’ plantings.

above Marine LakeThe wide stone steps and the path above the Marine Lake weeded and tidied

Coast path beside GlebeThe coast path thoroughly tidied – beside St Andrew’s Glebe looking towards Wain’s Hill

green gate bankBeside St Andrew’s green gate – digging out nettles to encourage grass growth

bramble and thistle grubbingChurch Hill – grubbing out bramble roots, nettles and creeping thistle from a recently scrub cleared area to promote the re-establishment of grassland

March 2014

path beside GlebeTidying the coast path beside the Glebe field

Church Hill stone stepsChurch Hill stone steps being given a thorough tidy up

mattock workChurch Hill – grubbing out bramble roots from the course of the old restored path

holm oak cuttingChurch Hill – cutting regrowth from an old Holm oak stump beside the path

thinning ashThinning ash beside an old apple tree in Church Hill woodland

Wain's Hill pathThe edges of the coast path on Wain’s Hill tidied and swept

view from old seatThe view from this old seat location on Church Hill is now partially restored. We hope to refurbish the seat as a low bench, by fixing wooden slats.

buddleia pruningChurch Hill – pruning Buddleia to control its size and to re-create a view from an old seat

ground clearanceGrubbing out bramble roots and levelling the ground to facilitate tractor mowing

a restored seat viewThe latest restored view from Wain’s Hill, opposite a seat, is already being enjoyed

behind cemetery allotmentsClearing back brambles on the path behind the cemetery allotments – in the rain

February 2014

We’ve appeared again 0n Clevedon News, the on-line video newsreel, this time in the February edition! See us in action at http://youtu.be/EHE6XmNyUyE?t=19m34s

It’s always nice to receive positive feedback on our efforts – this time a hero-gram and chocolates …!

Hero-gram detail1923 Church Hill pathWe are delighted to discover that the old paths we have recently opened up on Church Hill (marked in blue) are Public Rights of Way.

path from Salthouse RoadjpgChurch Hill – the edges of the entire length of path between St Andrew’s Church and Salthouse Road are now clear of mud and weeds.

Wain's Hill fencing aWain’s Hill – cutting back old ivy to the fence line to widen the coast path. Contractors will be extending the chainlink fencing along this stretch.

rock face tidyingRemoving ivy and bramble shoots from the rock face below the churchyard fence

ivy cuttingRemoving ivy from St Andrew’s churchyard fence posts to improve views over the Channel and to promote the growth of more delicate wild species

final path clearingCutting back a few more brambles on the old 1923 path on Church Hill. February is the last month for scrub to be cut before the bird nesting season.

January 2014

path photo 4The path cleaning and widening on Wain’s Hill is nearly finished – this time around

scrub control on margin Church HillBramble control along the grassland margin of Church Hill – looking south

bramble controlBramble control along the grassland margin of Church Hill – looking north

the last old path a

Eight volunteers working for 2 hours and this old Church Hill path is open again.

the last old path b

Uncovering the last 0ld path on Church Hill. It used to be gravelled.

1923 path west end eThe now cleared north-west section of the 1923 path on Church Hill, looking south

1923 path west end cChurch Hill – the north-west section of the 1923 path opened up to provide easy access

1923 path west sectionOpening up the north-western end of the 1923 path on Church Hill

Wain's Hill pathBy clearing mud and surface vegetation from the sides, the coast path on Wain’s Hill is widened, and walkers are grateful for the volunteers’ work.

beside the green gateThe bank below St Andrew’s churchyard wall is cleared of ivy and bramble roots to hasten the re-establishment of grasses and wild flowers.

ivy removalRemoving ivy with care from the old stone wall of St Andrew’s churchyard.

December 2013

top of zigzag viewpointChurch Hill – clearing bramble and elder to enhance the view point above the zigzag path

path clearing Wain's HillThe coast path on Wain’s Hill widened by clearing back rank grass and weeds

old path north sectionChurch Hill – another section of the 1923 path comes to light after clearing a 2 metre wide strip of bramble, removing 2 small elder trees and trimming back a little gorse.


Wain's Hill north-east cornerWain’s Hill north-east corner. Ongoing grassland management by scything and bramble cutting following removal of scrub in 2012.

seatThe coast path and seats thoroughly tidied

Wain's Hill Nov '13Wain’s Hill – thinning the woodland edge to admit more light for plant growth

green gate project bSt Andrew’s churchyard wall and gate free of brambles – the view of the Church restored

green gate project a  Clearing brambles and scrub trees from outside St Andrew’s churchyard wall and gate with the Woodcutters and the Church Warden – in Saturday morning rain!

bramble cutting on Church HillCutting back brambles that have encroached into the grassland on Church Hill


Church Hill 1923 path facing westMore of the 1923 path on Church Hill emerges. Volunteers take a well-earned break.

follow-up clearingFollow-up tidying of the path and rock face after bramble clearance along the fence

bramble clearing from churchyard fenceMembers of the Woodcutters removing brambles from the churchyard fence above the coast path to restore views and allow sunlight to the rockface below

coast path, Church HillCoast path on Church Hill tidied and widened by removing mud and weeds from the sides

1923 path continuationUncovering more of the old (1923) path on Church Hill, and clearing the slope above it to restore the grassland

tidying path to the sugar lookoutTidying the path and steps from the round seat above Marine Lake to the Sugar Lookout

Poets' Walk 17 Oct 2013 dA happy volunteer contingent from Lloyds Bank after 2 hours’ bramble clearing

Poets' Walk 17 Oct 2013 aCutting back brambles to enlarge a woodland glade on Church Hill and expose an old path

rampart raking doneWain’s Hill – raking completed for the day

last rampart section scythed Scything the last section of the Wain’s Hill rampart slope – a lot of nettles! Fresh shoots from sycamore stumps will be trimed off.

September 2013

Green Mantle contractors on Wain's Hill Green Mantle contractors strimming the species-rich calcareous grass slope on Wain’s Hill

Church Hill west-facing slopeRaking off cut grass on Church Hill after scything

Church Hill stone stepsThe stone steps on Church Hill thoroughly tidied

rest after raking on Church HillRaking up cut grass on the slope is finished. With this welcome tea break we celebrate the second anniversary of the Friends of Poets’ Walk working parties!

scything on Church Hill

Late summer scything on Church Hill. The relatively level plateau above has already been mechanically mown and baled by a farmer contractor.

Wain's Hill ramparts last scythingThe last scything of the year on Wain’s Hill rampart slope. New leafy shoots arising from old tree stumps need to be trimmed off.

Wain's Hill mownWain’s Hill plateau mown and baled. The steep rampart slope (left) will be scythed and a rough area of long grass (right) may be left as a refuge for wildlife.

See earlier photos on September 2012 – August 2013

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