Jubilee Green working party sessions February - July 2017
Sunday 23rd July(thanks to Paul Arthur) A rather cloudy morning with the odd spot of rain, so pretty good working conditions. We had a deluge soon after we finished though, so packed up just in time! A much improved turnout this time, with nine volunteers (though one only for a short time). Main achievements were: - Trimming weeds and grass around shrubs in the coppice, including digging out some sumac suckers, which have grown considerably in the last couple of months - Trimmed grass and weeds from around all nine fruit trees - Thinned out fruit on trees - Scythed grass around bench that is facing the weeping lime, raked up and removed grass and stashed at back of coppice area and behind tree on path up to Allington Hill - Trimmed grass from around all shrubs in ‘grid’ to south of the site - Removed docks, and trimmed grass around some wild flowers including meadow cranes bill and betony - Cut grass circle around oak tree - Scythed strip of grass beside path - Spotted and photographed a very striking insect, now identified as a great green bush cricket!
Sunday 25th June: (report from Christine Preston) The working party was held on Sunday morning, starting at 10.00 a.m., rather than the customary summer slot of Tuesday evening. This was to trial this alternative time, to see if it would prove more convenient for people to attend. Three committee members were present and were joined by a new volunteer, Sue, who whilst out for a morning walk, appreciated what we were doing to manage the site and offered to give us a hand. Her help swelled our number by 25% and greatly boosted our efforts. As the grass has grown rapidly this month, the focus was on scything and clearing up the rank grass by the side of all the pathways, including the edge of the coppice bank. This was thought particularly important due to the rapid spread of Meadow Barley since last year. This aggressive species needs cutting before it sheds its seeds, to help keep it under control. Five large sacks of cut Meadow Barley and their seeds were taken by Jill, for delivery to the tip, as the seeds need removal from the site. In addition, circles were scythed round all the fruit trees. Two species of Geranium, Betony, Greater Knapweed, Yarrow and Corky Fruited Water Dropwort were among the species flowering on the bank. Jill had brought very welcome tea and coffee for all, plus energy rich biscuits!
Tuesday 23rd May: report from Paul Arthur A small team of five volunteers enjoyed a calm balmy, cloudy and muggy evening whilst carrying out important maintenance tasks at Jubilee Green. Achievements included: - Cutting grass from around all of the shrubs in the copse underneath the large ash tree - Scything small circles of grass from around all shrubs in the grid of 16 in the southwest quadrant, collecting up cut grass and stashing in front of hedge at top of site. The two recently planted shrubs in this area are dong well - Scything circles around the shrubs in the hazel coppice at the south east of the site - Digging up and removing docks There are some good patches of yellow rattle in flower, and where it is really thriving, to the north of the weeping lime, the grass is well suppressed There are a number of useful wild flowers putting in an appearance, including ox-eye daisy, geraniums (various varieties), sorrel, birds foot trefoil, and one bluebell spotted! All of the grass is looking very lush.
Tuesday 11th April : report from Paul Arthur Eight volunteers enjoyed a dry, sunny evening with fantastic views over Bridport. Our achievements were: - We scythed around the edge of the plateau meadow area, and trimmed off some of the longer clumps of grass within the meadow. There was a reasonable amount of yellow rattle coming up, maybe a little more than we had earlier thought. - Cutting the grass around all nine fruit trees, using scythe or shears, and some circles were weeded too. - We tidied the copse area by cutting and weeding the grass around the shrubs. - We planted a silver birch in the space we identified last month. We also noticed that the hazel we had planted last month is doing well. - There is slight damage to one of the fruit trees.
Tuesday 14th March: report from Paul Arthur A cloudy, mild, dry and calm morning, ideal for carrying out a variety of tasks. Six volunteers this time, and jobs were: • Weeding and trimming grass from around all nine tree circles • Final pruning of fruit trees • Re-inking of all tree labels • Greasing to combat winter moth • Weeding and trimming of growth around all shrubs in the copse • Trimming grass around oak tree • Planting a hazel in the spot a shrub had been removed from last month • Some yellow rattle seedlings were identified in the meadow area
Tuesday 14th February : report from Paul Arthur Despite the cloudy and dull weather, with some drizzle to round off the session, an enthusiastic band of seven volunteers tackled some late winter season tasks. These were: - The pruning of the fruit trees (a little more needs to be done here) - Weeding around all of the fruit trees, removing dandelions etc. - Trimming and removal of grass from the small copse in the bottom south east corner of the site - Trimming of grass from around the grid of shrubs in the southern area of the site (one of these shrubs had died and was removed, possibly to be replaced by a spare whip that we still have at St Mary’s Church Field) - Trimming and removal of grass from around all of the whips in the copse area that had been planted in May 2015.