The next Friends of the Railway Path workday is on Sunday, 14 October.
Workdays are an important way of helping to keep this much-loved local greenway looking good. This one will concentrate on the section south from Ogbourne St George, around and immediately south of the car park off Bytham Road (grid ref SU 1990 7407). The work is a mixture of ecological improvements, renovation and tidying.
There is a patch of grassland which, with a little encouragement, we think can become more flower rich. We will clear this and remove the cuttings (so that they don’t release their nutrients back into the grassland).
There is a hedge with gaps: we will remove scrub from the gaps and start planting up the gaps. We plan later to start laying sections of the hedge where the shrubs are large enough: this improves habitat for a variety of small animals.
We will also clear round the car park and the woodland area to the east of the Path, and remove litter.
The work we’re planning is one of a series of projects to improve the Railway Path and its surroundings which the Friends of the Railway Path are hoping to get done.
Workdays are also a great way of getting some gentle exercise. You will meet people and perhaps learn some new skills. And at the end of a workday, you can see what’s been achieved.
If you would like to come, we will meet at 10.00am at the car park off Bytham Road (see the map below: grid ref SU 2037 7400). Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear, and bring:
· Lunch and a drink
· Gardening gloves if you have some
· Any hand tools which you think you would like to use. We will have a stock of tools for use on the day.
You are welcome to just turn up on the day, and to stay for as long as you like, but if you know in advance you would like to come, please let me know.