Churchdown Park Task Report
20 Nov 22
Eight volunteers came to the wildlife area near Churchdown Parish Council Offices to help maintain the site, following the management plan which was prepared for the site by Candy. We were welcomed by Ann and Stuart who oversee the popular site for the Parish. The main task was to clear reeds and vegetation from two of the wildlife ponds, to prevent bulrushes from dominating and to provide a diverse habitat.
Trina, Lorraine and Chris getting stuck into the first pond:
Part-way done, Chris and Candy clearing by pulling reeds and cutting tougher ones with shears:
One clear pond:
Meanwhile, Dave and Rob cleared brambles around the orchard to prevent the fruit trees from becoming smothered:
Once the ponds were done (and feet warmed up) we all spent a little while tidying up the willow-weave tunnel (Trina and Rob here):
Candy and Anthony also re-staked a tree and removed plastic guards from a hedgeline that is now becoming established.
It was a productive day and we have agreed to look at returning in January to do more willow-weaving, clear the next pond, and move (hopefully) dried reeds into a corner of the site where they can compost down.