Now we are getting into Autumn and the weather is turning rainy it marks the end of the hay-cutting season. Our volunteers have been vital to cutting and raking the meadows we can not get to with the Massey. Thank you all!
The volunteers did a fantastic job on both sites, using the BCS motorscythe to cut the grass and scrub then raking the vegetation into hidden piles. By removing the vegetation from the meadows we are reducing the nutrient levels in the soil, which encourages more wildflowers to grow. The piles of hay will rapidly reduce before the next cut and in the meantime provide great hibernation spots for small mammals and reptiles just in time for the winter.
Whilst the motorscythe was making a start on the meadows the volunteers set their mind to other tasks. At Kennels Lane they cut back saplings that were encroaching on the meadow and litter-picked the area. At Royal Oak Valley they dug out the invasive non-native American Skunk Cabbage and removed a trailer load of litter and fly-tipping from the woodland.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the tasks. We look forward to helping Hart again soon.