Spring 2023 Notes from the Chair and an update about the Conservation Area

If you have visited the Wildlife Conservation area since the autumn , you will have noticed that some quite drastic pruning of the trees and shrubs under the electric power lines has taken place. This work was carried out by SSE in consultation with us. There are two benefits from this: firstly, that much of Winchester’s electricity won’t be at risk from interference by tree branches and secondly, the wildflowers in the wildlife area’s small glade at this part of the site will get more sunlight.

It is worth saying at this point that the contactors that SSE employed to do the pruning and coppicing were very helpful and conscientious in undertaking this work. 

Over the last couple of months were trimmed the coppiced branches left from SSE works, which we have made available for the Olivers Battery Community to use as bean sticks. We have also done more coppicing on the site, together with bramble pruning and sowing of more wildflower seeds.

Just in the last couple of weeks Primroses are coming into bloom, and blossom is on our two Mirabelle Plum trees , spring at last?

For information about work parties please contact Martin or Helen Keys on 01962 842610

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