Sunday, 16 August 2015

Hay strewing

At the end of August Shropshire Youth forum came to help us with some seed relocation. Alistair used a mower to cut the grass in the pudding bag; a very species-rich grassland. Then we gathered up the vegetation and loaded it into the trailer before driving to another less diverse meadow behind Wilderhope Manor. Once there, we strew the foliage over the meadow by hand to get an even coverage. 

Hopefully some of the seed will germinate and next year we should see an increase in wild flowers. By mowing the pudding bag we also removed nutrients from the soil which will discourage vigorous grasses and brambles and encourage low nutrient loving flora such as orchids.

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