Longrun Meadow already provides a great space for people as well as wildlife, and at the same time performs an important function as a storage area for water when the Tone can’t cope with the amount of rainfall it is carrying. This spring, we are looking at improving this even further by undertaking works on the drain running from Castle School car park into the Tone, as part of the European-funded SPONGE 2020 project. Read More
Longrun Meadow Conservation Volunteers
Longrun Conservation Volunteers are a group of enthusiastic local people who enjoy working outside to create an interesting and vibrant open green space. We work to improve the biodiversity of Longrun Meadow by creating and maintaining a variety of habitats for wildlife. We also enjoy a lively conversation about current events!
During the winter months we lay hedges so that there are continuous corridors for wildlife to travel along. We also plant whips (small trees) to fill gaps in the hedgerow which also brings more variety. Within the groups of trees planted when Longrun was created we have planted apple trees to give us humans food to forage. In early spring we help to maintain the willow cathedral by weaving in last years growth so it become a self supporting structure. We are creating a wild flower meadow in Cathedral Field which will not only add to the beauty of the Meadow but also attract many more insects, and therefore birds and mammals.
Often we are doing general maintenance such as; pulling ragwort and Himalayan balsam; keeping paths clear, litter picking and keeping field areas clear of encroaching trees. You can see what we’ve been doing recently on our Facebook Page.
We meet most Thursday mornings at 10am for a couple of hours. For more information and to join in contact Helen Lawy firstname.lastname@example.org.