August

I can’t believe it is the middle of September already. Little bit late getting this blog out and it’s my last one for Llanerchaeron as I am back on Gower now full time.

We started the month clearing ragwort from the parklands on the estate. Vicky spent a day with the volunteers clearing bracken at Rhos Cwmsaeson whilst I went on a scything course.. more about that in a minute.

We had a group of Duke of Edinburgh students with us for a week. They helped clear the ragwort on the estate, clearing the meadows at Cwm Soden and putting in a new gate at the entrance to Henllan Woods.

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We also spent a day at Penbryn clearing bracken and rose bay willow herb. We recruited the Gower volunteers for the day to come and give us a hand. And they brought with them the scythes we have acquired through the SDF funded “Clean Cut Gower” project. So with some instruction all the volunteers had a go at scything the old fashioned way. It was a great sight to see, and really productive too.

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We spent a few more days clearing balsam from around the estate, and helped Vicky set up for a Heritage Day, where we had old tractors, stationary engines and the highlight for most people shire horses giving rides through the estate.

Myself, Vicky, Gordon and Rhydian went on a site visit to look at some meadow restoration work in Devon. It was quite a trip but worth it – thanks to the Devon Wildlife Trust for showing us round.

We finished the month with the last dolphin watch of the season, with the volunteers seeing a sun fish.

And so I’m back on Gower, although I did go up to Llanerchaeron on Friday to help bring in the hay.

Thank you to everyone who made my six months a pleasure. I shall no doubt find the odd excuse to come visit again.

 

 

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