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In what is becoming an annual activity, this past Sunday we were out in Chorlton Water Park helping with the maintenance of the woodland walk.  We got a good section of the path done, so thanks to those who turned out in what had  been looking to be a weekend of variable weather!

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Today we were back at Chorlton Water Park to continue work on the new wildlife garden being created here in conjunction with the RSPB.  We planted a few wildlife-friendly trees and shrubs and finished building a flowerbed mound where our plantings included flowers such as cowslip and ox-eye daisy.  We then helped finish the bog garden around the new pond – and added wetland plants such as marsh marigold, water avens, ragged robin and flowering rush.

It was good to see the willow arch (which we constructed in December) looking healthy and sprouting well, fulfilling its function as the entrance to this developing wildlife area!

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Today SACV members teamed up with the Friends of Chorlton Meadows (FoCM) for some hedgelaying on the aptly named Hawthorn Lane.  The long stretches of hedge alongside the lane have been neglected for many years but FoCM and the wardens have started laying parts this autumn and winter.  Because of the age and thickness of the stems, this was a challenging hedge to work on (but it wasn’t all manual work – we did have a lot of assistance from a chainsaw!).  However, some good progress was made and there was even some root-laying done.  FoCM might manage more work on the hedge in the remainder of the winter and doubtless SACV will perhaps be back to work on it next year too!

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A day at Chorlton Water Park on Sunday 13th December marked the end of SACV’s activities for 2015.  We worked on maintaining the willow groynes at the edge of the lake, which provide an important habitat for birdlife and spawning fish; using the cut willow, we then created a willow arch which will provide a living entrance to the new wildlife garden being created in conjunction with the RSPB.  Then, to finish the day, we had our annual Christmas get-together with plenty of mulled wine and seasonal delights – all of that, plus a 40th birthday to celebrate!

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The Sunday before last (19th July 2015) a few SACV volunteers were out in Chorlton Water Park and planted wildflowers (such as cow-slips and self-heal) on the edge of a path surrounding Chorlton Water park (heavy work as the ground was hard!).  After a well-deserved lunch, the next task was to lay woodchip on a woodland path, finishing off the work started at our visit here in early June.  Finally there was some planting, including butterfly-friendly buddleia, in a bird-feeding area.  A productive day!

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Yesterday was a day of maintaining the path through the woodland at Chorlton Water Park, laying woodchip and removing some of the encroaching vegetation.  The woods were a good place to shelter from the intermittent rain, although by the time we had finished the skies were blue again!

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Well done to those hardy volunteers who were out yesterday at Chorlton Water Park, to continue last month’s task of the maintenance of willow groynes at the edge of the lake!  These groynes are important in protecting the lake’s banks from erosion and providing a wildlife habitat.  Despite the day getting gradually colder and wetter, with sleet for some of the time, a fair length of groyne was worked on.  After a brief lunch break the weather had turned pretty atrocious so there was a sprint finish to tidy up, keep warm and complete the last section!  A good effort by all.

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It was our first task of 2015 yesterday and we were back at Chorlton Water Park for the winter activity of maintaining the willow groynes at the edge of the lake.  A grey and blustery day, but dry – apart from the dabbling in the shallows of the lake!  Moving on from sections which have been worked on by us and others recently, we were again cutting some of the growth of recent years and weaving it back to build up the groyne.

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So, we finished 2014 with an event at Chorlton Ees on 23rd November: working with the Friends of Chorlton Meadows, we removed trees and scrub to the south of one of the ponds to allow more light in. Then on 7th December we were at New Moss Wood, which is one of the Woodland Trust’s sites and a new one for us. We carried out some coppicing and thinning at this relatively young woodland. It was a day of mixed weather (mostly wintry brightness but lunch in hail!) so we were glad afterwards to get into the dry for our annual seasonal get-together with mulled wine, mince pies and the like!

Now we’re into 2015, and we’ll be swinging into action next Sunday (11th January) at Chorlton Water Park, when we’ll be helping with some management of the willow groynes around the lake, which are important in protecting
the lake banks from erosion and providing a valuable wildlife habitat. New volunteers are welcome to join us!

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Yesterday was a surprisingly hot late September day – a great day for some of us to be out in Chorlton Water Park!  Trees have been encroaching into the reed bed at one end of the lake, to the detriment of this valuable wildlife habitat.  Our task for the day was therefore to clear some of these and prevent the degeneration of the reed bed.  A job well done – and we’ll be back here in January to work on some of the willow groynes, which are beneficial in protecting the lake banks from erosion and also provide an important habitat.

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