Seven brave souls turned out in the rain to clear the re-growth of rhododendron in Hayley Green Wood.
There is lots more to do but we made a big impact and enjoyed tea and home made chocolate brownies (thanks Catalina!) and cakes.
Here’s what the judges had to say:
- The Group has cleared a significant area of invasive rhododendrons which had previously outcompeted other plant varieties. This has allowed oaks, hawthorn, rowan etc to self-seed and grow and has created an environment for planting of new species of tree appropriate for this mixed woodland.
- A number of litter picks have taken place with the Brownies and Scouts which have cleared debris which has accumulated over the years.
- The Group has participated in the Borough wide tree survey.
- The Group is successful at maintaining and recruiting an effective membership using a number of methods from village fetes to social media.
- The Group formulate their future work via the creation of a biodiversity action plan in partnership with other agencies.
The RHS and Wildlife Trusts are championing bee friendly planting and habitats in your garden. They are focussing on bees other than honey bees and have advice on best plants to attract the bees.
The attached document provides lots of great information.
The oak WEG planted for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee is still thriving at Harvest Hill.
We had a very successful newt survey with the most great crested newts recorded since 2008.
Great Crested Newts:
Female – 11
12 in total
Graph showing the yearly trends: