Due to COVID 19 restrictions for a large part of 2020, we had very few work parties on the conservation area this year. It was a case of letting nature take its course. However, we were rewarded with an impressive display of Ox eye daisies on the meadow during the early summer. In the autumn the group entered the Olivers Battery Parish Council Scarecrow Competition. We achieved a creditable second place with St Melangell , patron saint of hares. Well done to all those who participated, (see also 2020 photos)
We achieved some management between lockdowns and some bramble was removed. A full grass cut was undertaken in the autumn aided with some very impressive scything from Adrian.
Due to further restrictions imposed from today (5th January 2021) we are unlikely to have work parties for some time, but please visit the area as part of your permitted exercise, and let us know what you find.
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Happy New Year to you all
We will be updating the website shortly to add some photographs that we have collected over the last year. Due to COVID restrictions we have been unable to do much strimming, coppicing and other maintenance work on the conservation area over the last six months and had to let nature take its course. We had an excellent display of Ox-eyed Daisies in the meadow as a result (photo to follow)
The wildflower areas on Olivers Battery have mostly done well this year, and the areas have been scythed recently in preparation for fresh growth next year. (Thank you to Adrian for the scything)
The group entered the Olivers Battery Scarecrow Competition this autumn and our entry, St Melangell (and hares), won second place. After a spell sitting on the bench on Olivers Battery opposite the shops, she was moved to a quieter area in the conservation area. Many thanks to all who helped in this project, but particular thanks to Wendy for her ideas, and the making of the straw hares (photos to follow)