Work has steadily continued with the annual meadow cut at Pond Lye SNCI. It resumed in the late summer when group volunteers gathered to undertake the task of cutting all meadow growth and removing it.
Volunteers tackle the annual meadow cut.
Having now cleared the meadow of the jungle of brush that had virtually destroyed it, all attention is being given to restoring its quality so that all previously recorded distinctive flora species can return. This is a task which like the original brush removal, will take many years to achieve.
The meadow is cut in sections.
The cutting operation is a considerable one for our volunteers to complete. The meadow covers an area of approximately 6 acres and takes a long time to cut so the more volunteers we can attract the easier it is to undertake.
Brush cutter operators begin the task.
Progressively the selected area is cut.
The cuttings are raked up and burnt.
Each volunteer selects an area to complete.
This year we were fortunately joined by a volunteer with a tractor and cutter who kindly assisted us. This helped us enormously and advanced our task significantly towards completion.
Our tractor volunteer steps in to assist.
The difference his help made was enormous.
Within a few hours he had competed a whole section of the meadow which would have taken weeks with brush cutters and scythes.
He then moved on to another section of more difficult terrain.
Due to the rough terrain in many areas with ant hills etc., the tractor and cutter were unable to cover the whole meadow but have completed a vast area.
The progress viewed from the car park entrance when the tractor work was completed was impressive and we are extremely grateful for this assistance.
The remaining difficult areas are being tackled with brush cutters and scythes and will hopefully be completed in the next few months, weather permitting. We are very grateful to all our volunteers for their help. If you are able to provide any assistance please contact us as there is a lot of raking and burning still to do.
Due to the uneven ground in many areas the tractor and cutter were unable to cover the whole meadow but have completed a tremendous amount. Completion is hoped for in the next few weeks when the remaining difficult areas are cut by hand.