Here is Jonathan’s message
Three items for your attention.
Firstly, news of this Saturday’s volunteer session. Thirdly, some words
about the ragwort working parties. And sandwiched discreetly between them,
an appeal for apple and pear tree thinners.
There’ll be a volunteer session at Fairfield Orchard, Fauna and Flora this
Saturday morning, June 11th, starting at 10.00am and finishing in the
general vicinity of 1.00pm.
On the agenda for this occasion…
1. Repair fencing down the track from the Shed and in the corner of West
2. Strim around a couple of areas in the Orchard where we are getting
ground back to grass. Also strim the overhanging grass along the Fauna
3. Make up three wired bundles of barley straw for Anna’s Pond and barrow
them across to the pond.
4. Dig out bramble encroaching within the stock fence in the Hay Meadow
and Carr House Meadow.
5. There are self seeded saplings in the marsh between the Hay Meadow and
the Cromwell Road entrance which should be removed before they start
getting ideas. Crush their dreams.
6. Now things are drying out we should strengthen the bund near the Alder
Pond drain which leaked last year.
7. Clear encroaching vegetation around all the benches.
8. Split and propagate marsh marigolds.
Jobs 3, 5 and 6 definitely need wellingtons so if you fancy these jobs
please come suitably shod.
We are also looking for a volunteer or two to thin out the fruit on the
apple and pear trees. This is required to optimise the crop. Full training
will be given. Work in your own time and at your own pace.
We are now running two Ragwort Working Parties, or RWPs, if TLAs* are your
Ragwort I meets on Wednesday mornings at 9.30 at the shed. We work until
about 1 but working
times are flexible within the morning.
Ragwort II will be led by Mick Short and meet on Tuesday evenings from 6
to around 8, or a shorter time if that suits you. Again, the meeting point
is at the shed. All are very much welcome – gloves, tools and training
And that’s your lot for this time,