In our very small meadow called the pudding bag a number of common-spotted orchids are flowering. We are really pleased that these species are present as it shows that our long-term grassland management which involves, mowing, grazing and hay strewing is working.
Monday, 22 June 2015
Wilderhope is a brilliant place to go for a walk because of the impressive manor and stunning views but it is especially beautiful at this time of year with its many wild flower meadows. The meadows are full of flowers such as yellow rattle, red clover and bird's foot trefoil and are humming with pollinators!
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
|Before work started|
|The Johns cutting and burning the brash|
|The bank after we had cleared the scrub|
Last week we got a call from Alison Hopewell, NT rural surveyor who was trapped at Morville Hall by a fallen branch.
Last week we got a call from Alison Hopewell, NT rural surveyor who was trapped at Morville Hall by a fallen branch. The willow tree had two branches which had grown too close together and so were slowly pushing against one another. This pressure just continued to build as the tree grew and became heavier and heavier. This meant that the join was weak and it just couldn’t hold under the high winds and unfortunately for Alison it blocked the whole road narrowly missing the telephone cable. So we grabbed the chainsaws, headed over and processed the branch into manageable pieces before dragging it out of the way.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
Beautiful wild flowers have begun to spring up all over the Edge, in the woods, the verges and in our meadows. Small white sweet woodruff flowers are out (a relative of cleavers) and look lovely when they form thick patches. Sweet woodruff is often used to flavour foods and it makes a delicious herbal tea.
|Greater butterfly orchid|
|Buttercups and speedwells in the Much Wenlock Meadow|