Saturday, 4 July 2015

Grassland management

This week Area Ranger, Alistair strimmed the grass verge outside the National Trust car park in Much Wenlock. As you can see from the photograph below, the grass was getting very long and restricting motorists view. Another benefit of cutting the grass is that it slows down the growth of very vigorous grasses which gives other plants a chance to come through. 
The grass will be left to dry before we rake it up and take it away, this will reduce the nutrients in the soil which will benefit less vigorous plants. 
Alistair left a small area on the verge as it contains plants such as yellow rattle and pyramidal orchids which we want to encourage. With biannual cutting this verge has the potential to become very bio-diverse because it is on limestone soil, the verge to the left is doing brilliantly and is what we are aiming for ultimately. 


Pyramidal orchid

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