Groundforce Day #3 was on the morning of 22nd October (aka the Great Haveringland Rake-off). This was definitely harder going than our previous efforts; several days of rain meant even modest piles of grass weighed a ton. But undaunted, Brian Canavan and Mary Beatty joined us and the job was tackled systematically so that eventually the whole area was cleared. This will reduce the vigour of the grasses and hopefully see even more wild flowers establish in coming years.
The front section alongwith other areas of tended graves and paths through the proposed meadow habitats were given a closer mowing and will not only look tidy for the winter, but will start to reveal the areas to be regularly mown during the growing season. Alongside this, Mary spent her morning raking up a huge amount of dead fir leaves and branches from under the trees which form the southern boundary inside the wall. This was used as a mulch to cover and hopefully kill off the weeds the other side of the wall.
Although there is plenty which could still be done, this should see it through to the spring when new growth returns. Dates for working parties will be advertised in the magazine as well as on this site or on posters around the parish. If you would like to be on our Friends email contact list, drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone who has given up their time- some of whom don’t even live in Haveringland – to make such a difference at St. Peter’s. Whether you came once or every Saturday, to borrow a well known phrase, “every little helps!” There have been many favourable comments from visitors both regular and casual who appreciate what has been achieved.