Diary Archive

Tuesday, 31 December 2002 New Year's Eve Task: No task
Details: Happy new year to all our volunteers-- you've all worked very hard to make the group a success.

Tuesday, 24 December 2002 No task Task: A day off
Details: The first Tuesday we have had off since the group was formed a year ago.

Tuesday, 17 December 2002 Worthing Task: Continuing scrub clearance to create butterfly area
Details: Our last task before Christmas and we are back with the West Sussex County Council ranger, John Knight at The Gallops, north of Worthing. Undergrowth and scrub on the site is being "scalloped out" to create glades where grassland can develop, attracting butterflies. 

Tuesday, 10 December 2002 Bevendean Task: Scrub clearance + festive bonfire
Details: The scrub clearance programme in Bevendean involves the selective cutting back of privet, hawthorn and other invasive shrubs to encourage chalk grassland plants and wildlife to develop. Our outing will be enlivened with a festive bonfire -- weather permitting -- and some alfresco cuisine.

Saturday, 7 December 2002 Hoxstead, Surrey Task: Hedgelaying Course
Details: This is the second day in the series of courses. Please contact us if you are interested in attending.

Hedgelaying is a traditional method for producing stock proof hedges. Trees and shrubs which make up the hedge are "layed". This involves cutting almost all the way through the stem leaving a strip of bark so that the plant is still alive. New growth comes up from ground level along the "pleached" stem filling in gaps and thus becomes a living fence.