Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival


A number of residents joined the Wildlife Group walk last year as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Walking Festival. This year it takes place on Thursday 17th May starting at 10.30am from St Marys Church and proceeding via the Elizabethan Orchard at Burdons Hill, then on to Goldsland Farm to look at the Watercress Beds and other initiatives, returning via St Lythans and the Welsh Orchard. No booking necessary but the walk is 5 to 6 miles so be prepared for that distance and bring lunch. 40 walkers from all over South Wales joined us last year and we hope to repeat that success again this year.

Work has concentrated on getting the wildflower beds ready for their annual sowing of seed. The patch in Grange Park has been given a thorough going over with a rotavator and many substantial tree roots removed. Seed has been donated to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for the Alps roundabout and to the group that looks after Old Hall Gardens in Cowbridge. A limited number of small seed packets will be given away at the Craft Fair on Sunday 20th May. If you get a packet note that these are annuals and should be sown onto bare soil, not into grass.

Despite some pretty poor weather over Easter a number of youngsters successfully completed the Easter Egg Trail on the Upper Orchid Field which now looks a lot tidier having been cut and baled by John Crockford. A second cut will take place in the Autumn – we are grateful to the Community Council for their support which has helped to ensure that the field has a future as one of the last wildflower meadows in the area.

Judging for the Green Flag awards takes place on 2nd May and we have five sites entered, the newest being the Wild Orchard at St Lythans.