Monthly Diary

To see last year’s work go to Diary 2016

September 2017

Quinney’s Wood – late summer mowing to promote good grassland between trees

August 2017

Clevedon School – tidying the woodland trail, pulling nettles and brush-cutting

The main paths in Quinney’s Wood are mown again to maintain good access

 After a prolonged wet start to August, work finally gets underway again on Dial Hill

July 2017

 

The Millennium Community Orchard – the orchard floor is mowed and raked to control rank grass and weeds, and access is improved by cutting back overgrown vegetation

 

Dial Hill – controlling ragwort, annual sow thistle and non-native everlasting sweetpea

 

The Millennium Community Orchard – the path and picnic area mown again

 

The paths in Quinney’s Wood are mown and the new trees mulched with grass mowings

 

Dial Hill – sumac suckers have regrown since May and are brush-cut again and raked off

June 2017

 

The Millenium Community Orchard – the picnic area scythed and sections with rank weeds brush-cut to promote development of species-rich grass areas as wildlife habitat

 

Cutting annual sowthistle, everlasting sweet pea and nettles, and pulling ragwort and thistles to allow valuable but less vigorous flowering native species to flourish

May 2017

 

Follow-up control of invasive, non-native sumac on Dial Hill – using a brush-cutter where new shoots are dense and grubbing out suckering roots where plants are more isolated

 

Path mowing and woodland management at Quinney’s Wood

 

Quinney’s Wood – the main paths are mown, some hogweed is cut and raked off, and 7 new trees (planted last autumn) are watered and mulched after a dry spell of weather.

 

Scrub control on Dial Hill – clearing nettles on a grassy bank and under trees

April 2017

 

Improving reclaimed grassland on Dial Hill by mowing non-native everlasting sweet pea, pulling goosegrass (cleavers), forking out ragwort and thistles, and grubbing brambles

 

Norton’s Wood (Clevedon Court Estate) – tidying the bridle path and preserving a south-facing rock face for wildlife by controlling invasive Holm oak, ash, brambles & buddleia

March 2017

 

Continuing grassland restoration on Dial Hill – invasive plants are rooted out to promote the growth of valuable grass species and a wide variety of wild flowers.

 

 Another community project – overgrown vegetation is cleared along the Motorway bridge path in east Clevedon to assist the Land Yeo Friends.

 

A community service – The Hill Road Zig Zag steps are cleared of weeds and mud. Sycamore regrowth from trees felled a few years ago is cut back and removed.

 

Access along other paths in Strawberry Hill Woods is improved by cutting back vegetation

 

Opening up the main path through Strawberry Hill Woods to allow in more sunlight

 

The Woodcutters’ annual foray into Strawberry Hill Woods to cut brambles near the path, thin sycamore, cut back overhanging branches and remove fallen trees across the path.

February 2017

 

Dial Hill – continued grassland restoration by grubbing out of young brambles and thistles, and management of mature trees in grassland by removal of some lower branches

 

The Millennium Community Orchard – the orchard floor area is enlarged and sunlight to the apple trees increased by cutting back scrub around the margins. Brash is burnt.

 

Clevedon School – the 6th Form plot is cleared of major weeds to encourage students to get busy in the spring, while hazels in a coppice area are freed from dense brambles.

January 2017

 

A valuable thicket habitat on Poets’ Walk is enhanced by removing the last self-set sycamore. The remaining species are mainly hawthorn, elder, blackthorn and bramble.

 

Four self-set sycamore on Poets’ Walk are felled to allow sunlight to reach a glade.

 

Quinney’s Wood – cutting back the top hedge to about 6ft and burning the resulting brash

 

Clearing of non-native, invasive stag’s horn sumach continues on Dial Hill, arisings being burnt on site. Bramble in the same patch is also cut and grubbed out and the site raked.

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