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                                 Paddock Pals

During each of the last few months pals mornings, the focus has been on improving the top meadow The aim of managing this grassland is to improve the number of species of flowers, which in turn should increase bug life etc. etc.

We’re starting with collecting yellow rattle seed from the flowers already present, to which we added some purchased seed. This plant, whichis a lovely native flower in ts own right, also weakens the roots of very strong grasses – allowing other wild flower seeds to have more chance to become established.

Maybe before too many more seasons, we’ll be able to undertake an orchid count. We’ll hope to do this every year, and will maybe have the sort of success that other LNRs have had. See the report on the fantastic increase in orchid numbers at The Beeches and Lodge Field described by John Box on our Links page. We’re starting with collecting yellow rattle seed from the flowers already present, to which we added some purchased seed. This plant, whichis a lovely native flower in ts own right, also weakens the roots of very strong grasses – allowing other wild flower seeds to have more chance to become established.

We’ve also kept a general eye on the condition of paths – cutting back overhanging branches and nettles etc. Also, to help the heather patches on the upper slopes to regenerate, as t’s a fairly rare area of acid heathland, we keep the gorse from encroaching. The broom at the edges of the top meadow has also become too strong and invasive, so again we keep it cut back, though bosth gorse and broom have their place for their lovely flowers and insect life.

See full details of the things we’ll be checking on and doing, on the Risk assessment page. This has to be done so that the site owners – Telford and Wrekin Council – who support us, are up to date with tasks, and their insurance covers the pals when we undertake any agreed tasks.

27/11/2021
Thanks to those who help the pals on the first Sunday and Third Thursday of each month.

TAn invitation to join us. – Next chance to join the Pals is Sunday 5th December.

We will be meeting outside the Garden of Rest, Red Lees at 10am weather permitting. You don’t have to be there at ten, just look out for us anytime 10- 12.

It is very important that we continue to socially distance and wear our own gloves.

Published by paddockmound

Committee member, friends of Ketley Paddock Mound

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