Mowing Grass At Winkleigh’s Community Biodiversity Project

#30DaysWild no. 26 Euan has been mowing at the Winkleigh community trees again.

The grass has got a bit out of hand. We’ve been busy with family ill health issues (Maggie’s elderly Dad), and Kim, who mostly manages this community project, has had a back problem. Last time we tried to mow (a couple of weeks ago), the grass defeated even our huge brush cutter mower, wrapping itself around the blade. Now we’re back with a sharpened blade.

Euan is the main mower, and its counting towards his Duke of Edinburgh award. So this evening, after cleaning the eco lodges, we loaded up and went to Winkleigh to cut some paths through the grass and docks.

We restricted ourselves to cutting a path – it’s now impossible to see the really little trees at the edges of the tree bands so we have to be careful. And the butterflies are using the grasses. Later in the season the grass will die back a bit and it should be easier. Meanwhile, the older trees continue to grow well. We’ve been giving a bit of time to this project since 2017 now. Last year we mowed every summer month.

While we were there, a hay cut was being taken from the field next door – at speed and with mechanisation that made our mower look like a kindergarten toy! Fascinating to watch.

Previously for #30DaysWild

This time last year: We were eating alfresco scones in the orchard. Not all that wild perhaps, but we had to ‘practice’ and keep our hand in for returning eco lodge guests after the covid lock down.

This in 2019: Maggie joined The Time Is Now mass lobby in London to call for more action on the climate and biodiversity crises. The government seems to be catching on – if slowly. Will 2021 be a turning point for climate and biodiversity action? We will keep up the pressure.

This time in 2018: We were totting up the £5 Wheatland Farm had given the Devon Wildlife Trust for every guest paying their balance by BACS.

This time in 2017: Wildish hedge trimming – we were getting ready to let the cows onto Popehouse Moor SSSI. That’s a task still to come in 2021.