Shirley’s Spinney, at the playing fields end of the Fishponds, received some TLC on 8th May. The nettles had grown so thickly that they were hiding the saplings which have been planted there, so a small band of volunteers arrived to remove some of the nettles and add wood chippings to the bases of all the shrubs and young trees (we left plenty of nettle patches as they provide good habitat and nectar for insects). It had rained heavily all morning, but there was a miraculous window in the weather just as we arrived, so something was on our side! Once the six of us had finished, it was lovely to look across the spinney and see all the thriving plants emerging, with their spring leaves and buds burgeoning. Many thanks to John, Chris, Sue B., David and Gavin for all their heroic efforts.
If you would like to be added to the Parish Council list of volunteers for outdoor activities, please do get in touch. There is never any obligation, but the sense of camaraderie and satisfaction in doing work like this is immense, and extremely good for the soul!