Our latest volunteer task here at Blackwater Valley was to give one of our roadside sites by the Hog’s Back a spring clean.
The job of the day was to remove some old rabbit fencing that had no use anymore. This proved difficult as trees had ground through the fence and the wire had been dug into the ground and pegged down. So once Mike, Eric, Melvyn and Tony had removed all the staples and long bits of wire Duncan, Paul and Jon got to digging. We then used rope to attach the end of the fence to our ride on mower which proved to have enough grunt to pull the fencing from the ground (with a lot of help from Duncan’s digging and Paul’s pulling).
Whilst the fencing was coming out Chris got to strimming the path and the verge. Carefully missing the cowslips which had not yet gone to seed. Tony and Melvyn then provided the finishing touches by litter picking and blowing the path.
Cutting the verge now will reduce the more dominant faster growing species from taking over and give more wildflowers a chance to flourish. If your interested in wildflowers and invertebrates or just want a nice walk/cycle through the countryside its definitely worth a visit.
Ast. Ranger Jenny