COCONUTS AND WILD GEESE— IT’S SALTHOUSE HEATH
The Workout Group volunteers have returned to their winter conservation tasks at Salthouse Heath. We have been cutting back invasive gorse bushes, both to help delicate heathland plant species and open up again the fine vista to the church and the coast.
We took time out to enjoy the coconut aroma given off by the gorse flowers in the late afternoon sun. We were also treated to a bird’s eye view of a flock of geese incoming to the marshes. We had the usual healthy Workout Group debate on which geese they were and how many, without coming to a conclusion!
SEEING THE LIGHT AT BRETT’S WOOD
We have returned to another favourite site, Brett’s Wood, near Fakenham. Our task has been to remove self-seeded birch and young conifer scrub which is crowding out the native species, like oak and hazel, and let in the light. This will also help restore the flora to a more healthy state. For a while the wood echoed to cries of “timber” before peace was restored.
BRINGING IN THE HAY AT THORPE MARKET AND CLEY
I must look at that rhyme again; something not quite right there? Anyway, we’ve been back to Thorpe Market churchyard and to a new churchyard for us at Cley to bring in the last of the hay. Both are conservation churchyards and we are hoping to be rewarded with stunning displays of wild flowers next year, including lady’s bedstraw, ox-eye daisy, knapweed, germander speedwell and crosswort.
Additionally at Thorpe Market we have been helping cut back a giant holly, and tidy unruly hedges. We have also been working in the churchyard‘s hidden hazel grove, which is being opened up to allow more drifts of Fair Maids of February to bloom. These pure white carpets of snowdrops attract hundreds of happy visitors in early spring, helping to raise vital funds for St Margaret’s church.
We are grateful to volunteers from both churches for their welcome provision of light refreshments and drinks.
By a Workout Group volunteer.