Saturday, 8 February 2014

Ranger Update Feb 2014

Spring is slowly creeping it's way in on the Edge, despite the VERY wet weather. More and more birds can be heard singing everyday, snowdrops are pushing their way out of the ground and bright new greenery is emerging.

We've been very busy the past couple of weeks, slogging through the mud, managing the Edge. We were fortunate last weekend to have the help of the Shropshire and Staffordshire National Trust Volunteers (and Max the dog). This group were a great help clearing coppice from alongside the railway line, opening up the bank for the growth of wild flowers and other species, as well as letting in more sunshine for visitors to enjoy.

 Working hard to clear the banks.
 Some muddy but happy volunteers at the end of the day.

Also these last couple of weeks I, with the brilliant help of Chris and volunteers Pete, John and John, have been busy installing elements of the natural play trail around the Lime Kiln Walk. So far the mini obstacle course has nearly been finished and several balance beams and a see-saw have been put into place. I hope to have the play trail finished by half term, so please bring along your kids to give it a try!

And finally, just something to take note of: all next week Mark Farmer will be working in the Wenlock car park, creating the new access to the bridleway and more car parking spaces. This means there will be heavy machinery moving around the car park all week and a temporary reduction in parking space. Why not take this opportunity to try a walk from one of our other car parks instead? There are several great routes leading out from the Presthorpe and Wilderhope Manor car parks.

See you all again soon!

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