Sustrans arranged a “Great British Rake Off” event at the Sherwood Street entrance to the Loop today (as part of the ongoing Greener Greenways project). The area was cut last week at a Sustrans scything training event. Several FotFL members helped out, removing cut growth from the area, and focussing on weeding and pruning the two hedging strips we planted last year. The hedge has grown really well this year, like all plants, but this has meant we have had to keep on top of encroachment by nettles, thistles, docks and convolvulus, which seem to like the area!. Some yellow toadflax seeds were also scattered, having been collected from our sister route in Liverpool, and a small patch of ground was weeded, prepared and scattered with wild flower seeds. Incredible Edible Levenshulme’s wildflower drift at the Quadrants site has shown how attractive these can be.
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We are planning to plant the remaining hedging shrubs (left over from our previous planting event) along the wooden fence at the Sherwood Street entrance in Fallowfield on the afternoon of Monday 30th March 2015. As it’s a weekday, we realize that some Friends will be unable to come along, but if you can and would like to help, we will be starting at 2 p.m. Please bring a spade if you have one! The working location is shown on the map below.
Today the Friends were out, together with members of the Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers, to plant a new hedgerow on the edge of the Loop, adjacent to the Sherwood Street entrance and on the corner with Wellington Road. The planted hedgerow contains a mix of native plants, predominantly hawthorn but also wild cherry, field maple, dog rose, hazel and blackthorn.
Today members of the Friends, together with the Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers, worked on the site of the new community orchard in Fallowfield, close to the Sherwood Street entrance to the Loop. The work continued from preparatory activities carried out in December: today the planting holes were dug and prepared with compost, and the planting of the orchard will take place in four weeks’ time, on Sunday 17th March. In addition to the orchard work, preparation for a new boundary hedge on the corner of Sherwood Street and Wellington Road was carried out. As the pictures show, it was a perfect sunny spring day to be out enhancing the Loop!