The Thursday event on 1st December has been CANCELLED due to circumstances beyond our control. Apologises to any who had not booked and planned to just turn up. We fully expect the Sunday afternoon event to go ahead just as planned below.
The last two opportunities this year to get in trim before the start of the festive feasting! This coming Thursday 1st December an all day event starting as usual at 9:30. Followed by a chance to de-stress over a Sunday afternoon on the 18th December starting at 1:30pm.
For both events we are planning to work on the variously named Bald Spot or Blind Spot or Green Patch. This area is rich in meadow plants and according to past records includes a couple of rare ones for this area. The area is scrubbing up and the side regrowth is pushing inwards reducing the area and casting shade as can be seen here:
For the next two events we will meet at the public footpath entry to Adcombe Wood off the road through Feltham. This is the side road off the Corfe B3170.
Be sure not to wait at the very tight bend where a footpath goes down to Corfe! There is a ten minute or so walk on the level to reach the bench marking the blind spot. Access down into the blind spot is very steep and can be difficult if the ground is wet. We will be working on this steeply sloping ground cutting back all growth as low as possible then raking off the arisings. The other task is to tackle the lefthand side, seen from the top, by coppicing and pushing back the regrowth, burying the brush under a mature tree canopy. Should the ground conditions be just too treacherous there is an alternate task of pushing back the edge of a track along the diagonal path.
Be sure to wear stout shoes, bring your packed lunch and waterproofs, just incase. Bring along any tools you are prepared to, such as gloves, lopers, slashers, billhook, bow saws or stout rakes. We will provide hot drinks and have a limited supply of tools!
Car parking is very restricted here, do let me know if you would like to car share or can offer a seat. A number of people have already indicated that they are on holiday this first week so please do let me know if you are able to come.