Following a visit and advice from Avon Wildlife Trust we have now started to mow the grassland in the fields. We therefore have lots of work to be done and would like to welcome new volunteers to join our enthusiastic workforce.
Mowing of most areas will probably be carried out just once in each year. By removing the cuttings (to sites around the fields) we will reduce the fertility of the ground. Experience shows that as the grass becomes less dominant over time, wildflowers will find it easier to become established and to thrive. We will be leaving other areas un-mown, so improving the overall bio-diversity of the site. This is all part of establishing and enhancing Our Wild Hilltop Paradise!
The good news is that although the work will be labour intensive you don’t need to bring a scythe! We have purchased a petrol-powered scythe mower as shown here. This is simple and light to operate. Training will of course be given. We will form teams to mix the work of mowing with the more physical work of raking and moving of the cuttings using rakes and barrows that we will provide – great and sociable exercise!
Currently we envisage working during periods of dry weather on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays over the next 8-12 weeks. We plan to set up a rota of two-hour shifts (typically 10.00-12.00 and 12.00-14.00 but other times (including some evenings e.g. 19.00 to 20.30) may be possible to suit volunteers’ availability.
All you need to do if you or any family or friends are interested in getting involved, please contact us at email@example.com as soon as possible, letting us know what times suit you best.
After not being able to recruit for a few months, we’re really looking forward to welcoming new volunteers.