The main tasks for this month’s work party are to weed the North Hedge, where the grass and some other plants are growing up faster than the hedge plants, and to cut and rake the reserve’s paths. If time permits we will also remove Willowherb growing in the feeder streams to the middle and bottom ponds, and reduce the amount of Hogweed in the garden area (Cyril’s Patch).
To help out at the work party, meet at the reserve on Saturday, 20th June, at 9:30 am. We will finish around lunchtime.
All members are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Please wear appropriate work clothes, stout shoes, boots or wellies, and gardening gloves or equivalent. Eye protection is advisable for working around the hedge and if we tackle the Hogweed (nasty sap). Appropriate tools to bring, although some are available, would be hedge clippers to cut the grass around the hedge plants (though previously it was found that pulling it up with gloved hands was fastest), and a rake.
Organised work parties take place at the Jim Mart reserve on the morning of the third Saturday in every month, except in December. For further information visit the Jim Mart NR pages on the Ogston Bird Club website http://www.ogstonbirdclub.co.uk/ , or contact Peter Faulkner by email (email@example.com) or by telephone (0784 214 8888).