Volunteer teams have been hard at work across Mudchute, cutting back overgrown areas of brambles and nettles. Removing these aggressive, fast-growing species will make light and space for less-competitive wildflowers. And to prevent regrowth, the teams have also been helping to remove the roots of brambles (not an easy task!). The clearing may look harsh at the moment, but the vegetation will grow back and with more diversity in both plant and animal life and will make it safer and easier for our visitors to navigate the farm’s paths. Over the next few days, you may spot wildlife checking the newly cleared areas for a snack. Even as the clearing took place, we were visited by magpies, blackbirds, robins and more!
We choose this time of year to cut back as there are no nesting birds that we might disturb. You’ll also notice patches of cover nearby which we have left for any creatures seeking shelter over the winter. We look forward to seeing what spring will bring to these areas!
A big thank you to all of the corporate volunteer teams who lent a hand over recent weeks. To find out more about volunteering with your team, please see our corporate volunteering pages. We also welcome individual volunteers. So if you might be able to lend a hand, please visit our volunteering pages and do get in touch!