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Last Sunday SACV members were out with City of Trees in Priory Gardens, working on an area which is known to provide a habitat for slow-worms.  We were thinning the wooded area of the site by felling some of the encroaching trees and creating habitat piles, suitable for slow-worms, with the cut material.

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Today SACV were out in Priory Gardens on behalf of City of Trees. The main activity was the building of a hibernaculum – in this case, one close to a pond which it is hoped will provide a habitat for newts, frogs and slow worms!

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As with last year’s similar task, some of us were in action yesterday at Priory Gardens, on behalf of the Red Rose Forest, to help control the invasive rhododendrons here.  Hard work dealing with some of them, but a sunny spring day for it!  We’ll probably be back at this site over the summer for some other activities.

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Another late-in-the-season bashing of Himalayan balsam was the order of the day today, this time in Priory Gardens (approximately SJ797926) on behalf of the Red Rose Forest.  Some of the balsam will already have flowered and set seed, but there was plenty to go at which hadn’t yet seeded.  Alongside this, we were also doing some woodland work, reducing some of the density of saplings, particularly sycamore, to open up the woods and allow more light to some parts of the woodland floor.  A fine and hot summer’s day but gradually building up to refreshing rain – although the clouds helpfully held back until our work was done!

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Today we were working at Priory Gardens on behalf of the Red Rose Forest, to remove a patch of invasive rhododendrons from an edge of the site near Dane Road.  On starting, it looked as though the area to clear might not be too great, but in fact the rhododendrons were pretty extensive and established, so by the end our piles of cut material were fairly high!  Doubtless we’ll have missed some of the invaders and some will re-sprout, but we’ll have opened up this part of the woodland for some time.

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Last Sunday (12th October) members of SACV were in action in the woods at Priory Gardens again, on behalf of the Red Rose Forest.  Parts of this woodland, which was probably planted a few decades ago, are rather species-limited, so the work was to remove some of the smaller saplings of sycamore and Norway maple in order to open up the woodland floor and encourage a greater diversity.  Habitat piles were created with the cut material for the benefit of wildlife.  Once again at this site we were lucky to have some very fine weather – a great autumn day to be spent in the woodland’s dappled shade!

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SACV volunteers were working in yesterday’s fine weather at Priory Gardens, on behalf of the Red Rose Forest.  The day’s task was to carry out some woodland management, removing saplings, particularly sycamore and ash. The increased light will encourage flowers in the understory, while allowing the continued growth of larger, more mature trees.

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