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Yesterday some of the Friends were out working in and around the community orchard at the Levenshulme Quadrants.  We were joined by members of the Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers to help with building two willow arches, using willow harvested from the Loop.  Some weeding and general maintenance around the orchard trees was also done.  Meanwhile, Incredible Edible Levenshulme were also out, working on their raised beds of herbs and fruit.  Many thanks to all helpers!

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Today volunteers were out, for one of our regular Thursday work days, to do some work at the Levenshulme Quadrants.  Particular tasks included:

  • weeding out the grass competing with the orchard fruit trees immediately around their trunks.
  • digging out self-seeded willows in the orchard area.
  • giving the grass a general trim in all four quadrants, partly in readiness for the “Treasures Workshop” on the 9th October.
  • the usual general litter pick and tidy.

 

Thanks to all of those who helped with the work – and new volunteers are always welcome to any of our events!

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Sustrans has published a news item describing how people with disabilities, parents cycling with children, tandem riders, and standard bicycle riders have overwhelmingly welcomed the trial opening of barriers on the Fallowfield Loop!  Read more on this here.

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Feedback received on the trial of open barriers on the Loop and the results of the Friends’ surveys (online and face-to-face) have now been collated.  A fuller report will be completed and published in due course, but meanwhile this summary report is being shared with Sustrans for discussion.

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Sustrans arranged a “Great British Rake Off” event 14291851_1184587371600200_1842510068958838096_nat 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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Following the recent “open barriers” trial on the Loop, we have been gathering Loop users’ views on the experience of having the barriers open.  We have already received a good amount of feedback through the website, by email and through a recent face-to-face survey on the Loop of passing users.  If anyone hasn’t yet provided feedback on the open barriers and would like to do so, then it is not too late!  Please complete this short online survey before the end of August.  We will then collate all the feedback received from different sources to give an overall assessment of the trial.

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Scything on the Loop

Members of the Friends were this weekend learning about scything on the Loop, with the sessions led by tutor Simon Tomlin who has written about the weekend here.  Attendees learnt that cutting with a scythe is quiet, clean, and safe to use, and we hope that these skills will continue to be put to use in future management of the Loop!

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