Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Have you seen the wildflowers that are growing in the kitchen garden? This dog violet is happily growing alongside a bed of strawberries. It is amazing what you can find when you look closely.
There are also wild strawberries!
Some of the TTF helped deconstruct the greenhouses today. Almost all the glass was blown out by high winds during the storms, and it would cost too much to repair. We may possibly get a polytunnel as an alternative, as the tomatoes and other food grown in the greenhouses are always popular in the Tea Room!
TTF volunteers today covered the beds by the roof top terrace with gravel. The plants there include buddleia, lavender and rosemary, so expect lovely smells coming soon!
Meanwhile, other TTF volunteers were up the Burway, clearing out the passing places for summer traffic!
Monday, 7 April 2014
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
The quarry in Batch Valley has been cleared, with all the stone going to a site on top of the hill. Some of this stone has already been used on the new path to Pole Bank, while the rest of it will be used for other paths. The quarry looks much nicer now, with the last few bits to be taken away in the next few days.
Work is underway to monitor the peregrine nest. A camera was bought with money kindly donated by Steven Matthews of Darwin Matthews Solicitors, Shropshire Members Centre and the Peregrine Group, and has been set up to monitor the nest, which in previous years has been affected by predation. This year we are hoping to find out what has been predating the nest, and if possible prevent, with the use of dazers, which emit a high pitch noise. We will keep you posted with any updates!
The TTF and rangers headed out once again to struggle up the slopes to plant hawthorn trees. However, the weather this time was much kinder, and the views once the cloud lifted were stunning! The Long Mynd is a very special place to work, and its moments like these that you truly appreciate it!
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Volunteer Eric Brown took this lovely photo of a rainbow heading into Carding Mill Valley. At this time of year there are lots of showers, so its the perfect time to see a rainbow just after! I wonder if the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow is in the Tea Room...
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
TTF and rangers braved the very wet conditions this morning to plant new hawthorn trees around Callow and in Grindle Hollow. The trees planted were to replace dead trees, and have been grown from seeds collected from the Long Mynd.
The trees were all planted in tree guards, to protect them from hungry sheep!
The work we do on the Long Mynd would not be possible without all our fantastic volunteers, so thank you all!