Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Car park improvements

Below is a copy of a poster that we have put up in the National Trust car park on the outskirts of Much Wenlock, it is to inform people about our plans for improving the grassland within the car park and access to Blakeway Hollow.
Improvement of flower rich grassland

The species rich limestone grassland in this car park has the potential to be improved if it is managed in a slightly different way.

After a recent review of some of our land management practices we have decided that, rather than the current labour intensive management it would be better done by grazing it at certain times of the year.

By using our flock of Hebridean sheep it will reduce nutrient levels in the soil, preventing the growth of rank vegetation and favouring delicate wildflowers.

As part of this plan we are also hoping to create a new access to Blakeway Hollow that will be easier to negotiate than the current flight of steps, providing access for all to the network of footpaths and bridleways on Wenlock Edge.

In order to carry out these plans it will be necessary to erect a fence to ensure that the sheep don’t make use of this new access into the woods! The proposed line of the new fence can be seen on the attached map.

If you would like to discuss this with a member of staff there will be an opportunity on Sunday 3rd November between 10am and 2pm in the Car Park.

If this date is not convenient please e-mail your comments to chris.dunkerley@nationaltrust.org.uk
Unfortunately i was unable to add the map to the blog but the posters can be viewed in the car park or if you e-mail the above address i can send you a copy of the map.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

At last an update!

Although the blog hasn't been updated recently it doesn't mean that we haven't been busy! We have been felling a block of big Grand Fir trees alongside the old railway line in Northway wood. The trees are fast growing and as a consequence the timber is quite weak, about 300 tonnes of it has now been taken away on lorries and turned into pallets.
We have also been delivering logs to our local clients as they prepare for the colder months to come.
On Tuesday we felled some Larch trees in Easthope wood from the edge of the old railway line with the help of our Tuesday volunteers, this will allow more light in which will benefit wildlife such as butterflies. This was Rob's last day with us as he is moving down to North Devon, he has been volunteering with us for over three years and has been a great asset to the property. He has also been very busy maintaining footpaths and rights of way in the Much Wenlock area and he will be greatly missed, however our loss is North Devon's gain and i am sure he will continue with his volunteering down there.
Despite the early rain a lovely fire was lit to dispose of the brash that fell on the bridleway and good progress was made. The Larch was cut into lengths and will soon be sold and will leave the wood on a lorry. By selling timber, whether it be to a sawmill or as firewood we are able to bring in some income to help fund our conservation work.

I make it 23 years old