The Gift To Nature Ranger’s Blog
It’s been another busy and eventful month for us as we have been all over the Island maintaining, managing and improving our sites. We have been to East Cowes to visit Castle Copse and to make amendments to the entrances. We have added a mix of hazel, hawthorn and guelder rose to the hedge at the entrance off Sylvan Avenue to fill in the gaps and add more variety and volume to the existing hedge. Towards the bottom end of the site we managed to clear the brambles & weeds which had encroached around the sculptures and onto the paths. Clearing the bramble was not only aesthetically pleasing but also beneficial for plants & flowers which were being smothered and unable to flourish. We will hopefully be able to see the benefit of this in the spring.
We have been preparing Merston station to ensure that the fruit trees are growing healthily and that the younger trees have the support they need for growth. We have been staking a few of the younger trees to add support for them and to ensure that they grow straighter. Staking newly planted trees is necessary to prevent wind rock and movement of the roots. As newly planted trees have not been able to establish a strong root base the stake will reinforce the tree until it is strong enough to grow unaided.
Exciting work has been carried out at Birchmore Pond with the assistance of the Green Gym assistance. Encroaching vegetation has been cleared back for a brand new look and experience when visiting. We have cleared large areas of bramble & willow stems to open up views of the pond, provide better water flow by clearing the ditch and create a new path which allows visitors to access the far end of the pond area.