Full on February

Clearing gorse at Fall Bay, Gower

Even in a short month – our volunteers manage to cram a lot in

Full on February with Claire Hannington, Area Ranger 

We started the month at Whiteford continuing with some of the volunteers clearing scrub in the dune slacks, whilst a small group headed out onto Cwm Ivy marsh to scythe the ever growing reed bed. It was starting to take over some of the shorter grass habitat along the edge of the marsh so a big of clearing was needed to ensure we don’t lose it.

On the same day, I had a group out from Carmarthenshire County Council’s Youth Support Services who spent the afternoon clearing scrub from the new ride in the plantation behind the Lodge. The group stayed in the Lodge overnight and undertook a litterpick on the beach on Friday morning as well.

The following day took us to Fall Bay with the Saturday group. Despite the heavy rain forecasted we managed to avoid the worst of it and spent a fairly sheltered sunny day clearing the gorse. 

The following week saw us back tree planting on the Vile, Rhossili, with all three days taking their turn. We also had WCADA out on the Friday and they put in a couple of straining posts ready for fencing the following week. 

On Monday 12th February we held the first of our monthly litterpicks, part of the Big Beach Clean Challenge, starting at Whiteford. To celebrate the ‘Year of the Sea’ we’ll litterpick our way around the coast, ending up in Pwll Du in December. We had an excellent turnout from our volunteering days, alongside COASTodians and a group from SYSHP (Swansea Young Single Homeless Project). 

We also spent a couple of days hedgelaying on the Vile, renewing about 200 meters of hedge this winter and filling in any gaps with new trees. 

A race against the tide as had on a Thursday as we spent the day on Worm’s Head clearing the last of the gorse cut by the Saturday group. I always breathe a sigh of relief when we’re all back on the other side.

For the last week in February it was more tree planting on the Vile, which saw us finish off the last of over 7,500 trees planted this winter. I can only say that this is one amazing achievement from all the volunteers involved. Thank you so much.

We’ve made great strides with the Vile project we’ll look forward to more gate installation and fencing, lots more to do but we’re getting there. 

A second group from Carmarthenshire County Council Youth Service joined us, again with an overnight stay in the Lodge. They undertook some scrub clearance on the ride and some litterpicking. 

Another visit by WCADA saw them litterpicking Rhossili beach, followed by our half term’s ‘Love our Beach’ litterpick, organised by my colleague, Dominic, with over a dozen people joining in, clearing roughly 90kgs of litter. 

We’ll hold our litter pick as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s Spring Clean Cymru on Rhossili beach over the first weekend in March. Drop back in next month to find out what else we’ve been up to.