Wilden Marsh beginning of the month workday.

Sunrise: 07.59  Sunset: 03.58

Another marsh workday and 15 of us attack the Hillary Road rubbish tip field again. This is where the marsh cattle are secured when there is a risk of the River Stour flooding; it’s the highest field on the marsh. We’ve put a lot of time and effort into improving this field for the benefit of the cattle and other critter that live there. Trees and bramble bushes have been removed and brash/log pile habitats built.

This first image shows the correct method of using manpower to transport a felled tree trunk. There’s something about this kind of healthy activity that puts smiles on volunteers’ faces, even when the temperature is around 5 degrees C. The tree train requires coördination and coöperation; it is a smooth operation when done properly, and a right mess when things fall apart.

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The second image is of the brash fire that is often needed on winter marsh workdays, as would most likely be the case in many country gardens at this time of year. Our designated fireperson is Layton; a fire demon who revels in the art of fire building and maintenance.


The third image shows the south-west corner of the field being cleared of brambles and brush. Happy days! 🙂


4 Comments on “Wilden Marsh beginning of the month workday.

  1. I have what might seem like a silly or a stupid question. If one is having a natural area, it is natural for it to have dead trees and brambles. Why clear them? (I am currently angry that the county mowed down the center of the tree place, taking with it all, winter food and habitat for mammals and birds, eggs and cocoons for protective insects and on and on. It LOOKS clean now, sigh.

    • Your question is neither silly nor stupid, Elisa.

      If we did nothing about the brambles in the marsh rubbish tip field, they would spread at such a rate that there wouldn’t be room for the cattle in a few years. We have cut back the brambles that we cleared last year.

      The vegetation around your house will probably soon grow back next year. Nature likes to take advantage of newly cleared areas. Perhaps something new will have a chance to grow.

      When we created the northern corridor and cut the rough vegetation along it, at the beginning of this year, a orchids sprung up all over the southern end. 🙂

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