We were delighted to receive a donation from the raffle at the Wenvoe Spring Craft Fair. We hope to put this towards a project linked to Wenvoe Primary School. We have also received donations of plants and herbs from a variety of sources both within and outside the parish for which we are very grateful.
Some of our machinery rolled into action in May which involved topping up the water level of the pond in the Community Orchard and using our new wheeled strimmer to cut the grass at this location – this was the first time it had been cut and some of the grass tussocks proved to be quite formidable. Now that most of the trees are starting to get established we intend to keep the grass shorter to encourage wildflowers although we will leave a patch untended to benefit small mammals such as field voles and shrews.
Judging took place for the Green Flag awards and we hope to publish the results in the next issue. We are already the only village in Wales to have received awards for three locations and this year we are going for four. Work this month has involved constructing four new raised beds at the Community Orchard for vegetables and salad crops and we hope that youngsters will be able to help with the planting. Wildflower meadow seeds have been spread around the Wild Orchard, Elizabethan Orchard and Welsh Orchard.
Scope Sully brought a small team along to the watercress beds at Goldsland Farm and helped to clear brambles and nettles, to spread wildflower seeds in two new raised beds and to decide on a location for a hedgehog home. We hope that they will visit on a regular basis as it appeared to work well for both us and them.
There will have been many new residents coming into the village in recent months so if anyone reading this is interested in wildlife and would like to get involved do get in touch. There is always plenty to be done and roles go way beyond bracken-bashing and could involve planning and design, habitat creation, wildlife monitoring, planting and working with children. We now have seven sites – one for every day of the week!