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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wed 28th Oct 2015 - Pan Mill Meadows, Newport. GG # 608.

Terry(1) and Mark's Photographs.

The tractor cuts….

and we rake up the cuttings!

One of the local residents that we had to rehouse.

Terry's (2) Photographs.

We return to this site about the same time each year to rake-up the recently cut grass and to give the meadow a general make-over. After parking in Matalan's car park (thanks to the parking lady for logging us all in!) it was a nice stroll along the river bank to the meadow. Everyone  commentated on just how glorious the tree leaf colours are this autumn, truly a magnificent sight! The meadow had been mechanically flailed by a tractor so we were to rake up all the cuttings, putting them in a compost heap to the side of the site. The reasoning behind this is to deny the ground the nutrients that would be released by the rotting grass cuttings which will allow the meadow flowers to establish themselves next year, rather than the weeds and brambles. Prior to cutting this year it was noticeable that the ground cover was less than previous years and we certainly had less to rake up - so perhaps we are making a long term difference? Other GG Team members went on a litter-pick, shrub and bramble trimming and giving the whole area a general tidy-up. Although we had a couple of very light sprinklings of rain it was a warm, bright day with sunny intervals, great for the time of year. Perhaps it was due to the venue being central but we had an excellent attendance and having that number of workers ensured the whole area looked much tidier by the end of the session.

Many thanks to Terry 1, Terry 2 and Mark for taking the photographs this week.

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