On a previous Sunday, I was joined by the budding Southwood volunteers for our monthly task. However, unlike the usual routine, this month we were undertaking the collection of Bluebell seeds as part of the Blackwater Valley Trust woodland wildflowers project. Southwood Woodland supports an abundance of Bluebells, a flower that indicates ancient woodland.
Many of the other woodland areas that we manage are very young and lack connectivity to older sites. Because of this, they are unable to naturally obtain the diverse and abundant understory that ancient woodlands display. The Trust is aiming to change this by obtaining local native seeds that can be distributed within the younger woodlands.
Finding and collecting the seeds was a good challenge. When it was all said and done, we had managed to source several buckets full whilst leaving a plentiful amount so that Southwood could continue to flourish.
I can’t thank the volunteers who came along enough. Not only did they complete the seed collection but they then set about cutting back the paths and even completed a site safety inspection.
Thank you to all those who came out to help.
It was fantastic to get Southwood looking more preened and to get the Trust project underway.
If you would like to volunteer at Southwood Woodland or help sow the seeds n Autumn then please keep an eye out on our blog for our volunteer program.
Acting Ranger Jenny