We have reached mid August and that part of the natural cycle where it is necessary to cut the grass and wildflowers that have gone to seed in the natural garden meadow. Nature teaches us that this cycle of plant life that has nurtured the insect pollinators over the summer months is now passing on its genes to begin the next cycle of life.
Our Re-Betchworth team offered a scything workshop last weekend so I joined it and over the course of the day was introduced to the scythe and the mowing technique and gained a few hours experience of cutting wildflowers and grasses using the scythe. The workshop was excellent but by the end of it I realised that it was much too slow and labour intensive to use on my wildflower meadow.
Below: Expanding the wildflowerf meadow into the field from left to right - existng cultivation, grass path, new strip being prepared by taking up the turf, grass strip (the grass will be kept short), existing field containing ragwort, thistles and other wild flowers.
I edited our magazine and it was published last week. I contributed an article summarising the progress we have made on our village biodiversity line. I met with my B-Line team mates to plan the next stage of our community project and we agreed a strategy and a division of labour – to knock on doors and invite residents in the southern part of the village to sow wildflower seed in September. Our intention is to extend our biodiversity corridor down to the southern boundary of our parish – a distace of around 5km – 2 km further than we originally intended.