Late autumn and winter are the time of year for hedgelaying. No birds are nesting now and the trees are dormant. Since the hedge is still a source of food and shelter, hedges are laid in rotation around the meadow, so that the habitat isn’t lost all in one go (and because we don’t have enough people to do it all at once!) 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 Philippa: firstname.lastname@example.org.