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Hello from Suffolk Wildlife Trust.  I hope you have all been enjoying the wonderful summer weather we have been experiencing. 

I must say, I think the Common is looking wonderful.  We have the same hay contractor lined up who cut the Common last year, just waiting for the perfect weather window.  It may be that cutting is underway by the time you read this news update!  As with last time, all the hay will be sold onto Redwings Horse Sanctuary – so it is going to a good home.  

We have already been over with volunteers to sweep for ragwort a few weeks ago and only filled 2 bags across 20acres, so previous years of pulling has certainly paid off.  I have noticed a few more yellow flower heads appearing as I drive through, so shall ensure that is clear for the hay cutting.  

At the end of May, a couple of our key volunteers joined me at Mellis with our tractor, truck and trailer to cut the bridleway and northern edge along by the hedgeline.  Whilst on the Common, we did the first aftercare cut around the pond that was restored last autumn.  The emerging new growth included a lot of nettles from the nutrient rich spoil – so cutting it back and clearing the litter will help suppress these.  This will be repeated as required. 

We also organised a volunteer work party on 12th July, carrying out our annual cutting and clearing of the village sign area.  Thanks to all that helped with that, including a couple of helping hands from Mellis.  We seem to do it quicker each year – so we were clear and loaded onto the trailer by 11am!  All the cut material was brought back to Redgrave Fen, where we have a composting pile.  A job well done!  With the spare time, we checked on the newly planted trees from winter 2016, weeding any that needed it.  They are growing well, I’m very pleased with their progress. 

Last year we cut and cleared the section in front of Robinson’s close, which worked brilliantly with all the help from Mellis residents.  This year I would like to cut in front of Aggas Acre, by the school.  This is a much larger area, so we may need to attempt half (we’ll see how much help we can raise!).  The date I have planned this work for is Saturday 23 Sept.  We shall cut the area with our mowers, all we are looking for are some willing volunteers to help clear and load onto a trailer please!  Please spread the word to anyone that may like to join in and help.  If you are able to help, please can you drop me an email so I can keep you updated. 

That’s all the news for now.  Should you like to be added to the email list to be kept up to date with any news or work parties coming up, please drop me a line or give me a call. 

Debs Crawford, Valley Fens Assistant Warden, Redgrave & Lopham Fen

T: 01379 687618   E: debs.crawford@suffolkwildlifetrust.org