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by Terry Smith

Hedgelaying in Purbrook

PAWARA Environment Group has laid the hedge in front of the fence at Penjar Pond, Purbrook. The hedge was planted in February 2013 with a mixture of hazel, hawthorn, blackthorn, dogwood, field maple and dog rose.

The hedge was healthy and vigorous, but there was no growth at the bottom. Despite plentiful foliage and forks created by previous cutting, there were no nests in the hedge. The objective was to create a dense hedge that would be attractive to nesting birds.

The back row of the hedge was laid early last year, incorporating dead hedging to bulk it up, and new growth from the hazel was starting to add height.

As our work sessions are only for two hours, we needed four sessions to complete the work.

Volunteers were rewarded with a morning off in March.

Work Programme

Sunday 14th May – Sandy Dell / Privett Road
Remove Spanish bluebells

Sunday 11th June – TBC Sunday 9th July – Penjar Pond

Dig out sedges.
Sunday 13th August – TBC

Sunday 10th September – Privett Road Cut grass around trees.

Sunday 8th October – Privett Road Cut grass around trees.

Sunday 12th November – TBC

If you know of other areas that might benefit from some attention from the Environment Group, please use the Contact form on the website to let us know.

All work parties meet at 9.30am.

We welcome new volunteers, so if you would like to join us please come along. You do not need experience of conservation work and there is no obligation to attend every task. More information can be found on our website.

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