The Great Swardeston Rake Off

It’s that time of year again where we spend a few days at Swardeston Common cutting the meadow area. The meadow is looking great with a wide variety of flowers and lots of butterflies. But if we want it to look great again next year, we have to cut it all back and rake off all the cuttings. Otherwise everything will just die back and form a dense sward which will mainly benefit the nettles and more invasive species, but the variety of wildflowers will gradually diminish. Continue reading The Great Swardeston Rake Off

On the road with our Volunteers

Since we published our last Blog in May we have been busy roaming the hinterlands of Norwich tackling a variety of summer jobs keeping the footpaths clear and repairing and maintaining structures. So, here is a summary of what we have been doing. Continue reading On the road with our Volunteers

A Few Faggots More

We didn’t quite finish our tasks at Swardeston Common in January when we cleared the blackthorn and pollarded the willow. The final stand of willows was pollarded by a school group led by Matt D and left to be turned into faggots at a later date. Well, that later date arrived last Friday 15th (aka the Ides of March) when a small but perfectly formed group of Volunteers (Keith, Liz, Robert and me) and Matt H met at Swardeston Common to finish off. Continue reading A Few Faggots More

Blackthorn and Faggots

A Happy New Year to all of you from all of us! Following a three-week period for rest and recuperation our volunteers returned, fully refreshed, to Swardeston Common on the 3rd and 4th January to continue clearing the old blackthorn and elder. Under the guidance of Paula on Thursday and Matt on Friday we worked our way around the edges of the site nibbling away at the blackthorn and opening up the area further. Continue reading Blackthorn and Faggots