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

Swardeston Common – Willow Pollarding

Thursday 9th February 2017

It was a cold, wintery day when we all gathered at the local village hall car park to begin our day’s work on pollarding the circle of Willow trees down near the wet meadow on Swardeston Common. Evidently there is a couple of stories on why the two tree circles existed in the first place. One being that a local villager planted them for his two daughters and the other one was that they were planted to commemorate a late 70’s television program about living in the Iron Age and therefore they were supposed to mimic a roundhouse. Continue reading Swardeston Common – Willow Pollarding