What weather we had in May – making this month’s blog entry a bit late – we can’t imagine why!
A busy May with Claire Hannington, Area Ranger
We kicked off on the Vile, another gate installed and some fencing being replaced. Whilst I was attending a Volunteer Manager’s meeting, Alys and the volunteers undertook a litterpick at Whiteford.
This month the WCADA were out at Hunt’s Bay, Pennard, collecting litter on a rather unusual and eerie misty morning. Their second visit saw them celebrating a year of volunteering with us as we cleared some rhododendron on Ryers Down. They have amassed over 240 hours of volunteer time – well done and thank you!
The Saturday group were also out litterpicking, at Three Cliffs Bay. The weather was warm and sunny, as the legs came out, 21 volunteers spent the day collecting lots of very small bits of plastic and fishing waste filling 10 bags. It might not seem much but that contained many thousands bits of litter, a painstaking, but worthwhile task.
Our Big Beach Clean Challenge litterpick had another glorious day and we litterpicked both Ramsgrove and Mewslade on the south Gower coast. Malcolm dragged a rather large net up from Mewsade, and I have it on good authority that he fully recovered afterwards.
We continued with some fencing at our farm at South Pilton Green, where the tracks and fields had finally dried out enough for us to be able to access them with the tractor and post driver. We also put in a stile and repaired some fencing at the back of the plantations at Cwm Ivy.
Then it was back to the Vile for a couple of days, you guessed it – another gate and a bit more fencing. If you get the chance to visit in the next few weeks, then I would highly recommend it. The hay meadows are looking magnificent, full of flowers, butterflies and insects, with the crops starting to make an appearance, although it will be a while before they flower.
We spent one last day clearing some scrub at Whiteford from the dune slack and have earmarked the next one to be tackled in the autumn. Whilst the dry weather continued we took the opportunity to drive the quad bike and trailer down to the coast between Horton and Oxwich Point, courtesy of Oxwich Castle Farm. Once there we cleared over two trailers full of rubbish that had been collected over the previous months.
We did a delivery of logs to all our holiday cottages and strimmed the footpaths around the office at South Pilton Green. We also spent a day at Cwm Ivy, renewing the logs around the fire pit at the Lodge, clearing the gutters and generally tidying up.
On the last day of the month, which was also Alys’s last day, we went back to Ryers Down to clear some more rhododendron. Long may this weather continue, although a drop of overnight rain would be good for the garden as well as our crops on the Vile!