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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!


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LBKA-planting-2016-1There’s a meadow in the making on our big field. Last week the London Beekeeper’s Association planted 1200 potted wildflower plants representing 21 native species on our big field. On Friday and Saturday, volunteers first prepared the area by mowing and raking, then introduced the new plants. The team also sowed the area with the seeds of the yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor), a species which can weaken and suppress more vigorous grasses, which should help the newly planted species.

We hope the new plants with thrive and provide excellent sources of nectar for both the honeybees at Mudchute as well as the many wild bee species living on the farm. These important pollinator species are essential not only for wild flora and fauna, but also play a vital role in producing the food we eat.

Many thanks to the all of the team at the LBKA, Tesco bags of help who funded the project and all of the volunteers who helped out including corporate volunteers from NOMURA bank, Costain, Cross Rail, Neal’s Yard Remedies Covent Garden.

To find out more about beekeeping, please visit the LBKA’s website and Facebook group. You can find out more about the important role pollinators play Save London Bees. Interested in what you can do to help bees? Find out more at http://www.lbka.org.uk/forage.html


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Over the past few weeks you may have spotted a teams at work in the wooded copse. We’ve been working to remove Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) trees. The Norway Maple is a non-native tree species and as a result isn’t particularly valuable for our local wildlife. In contrast, native tree species can support a host of species from fungi to invertebrates and birds! Removing these trees will also reduce overcrowding in the copse and help the native species thrive as they will have less competition for light and nutrients.

Many thanks to the corporate volunteer teams from RBS who have been carefully felling and processing these trees and to team TCV who have been lending their supervisory expertise!