The Earth Trust manages sites in Wallingford, Crowmarsh, Didcot and Abingdon. Below are extracts from the Warden’s diary for Summer 2011.
Well what a summer we have had! Record numbers of thistles this year throughout the whole of Castle Meadows but we are still, thankfully, well in control of the ragwort. Pulling the thistles has certainly kept the volunteers busy but in the end we had to resort to cutting them, as we just couldn’t pull all of them by hand. This won’t remove the plant but will prevent them from seeding and spreading. We have installed two new interpretation panels at Castle Meadows The Burh to Borough archaeologists came back for a short, unscheduled dig in the upper meadows this summer Check out their web page http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology/research/projects/wallingford
Now for some really good news - Wallingford Castle Meadows has retained its Green Flag award for the 4th consecutive year! The Green Flag is a scheme that recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country.
Over at Riverside Meadows people have been enjoying the warm weather, picnicking and sunbathing right beside the river Thames. We will soon be working in the main ditch cutting the tall vegetation to prevent it from filling in and removing silt from the ditch that runs alongside the Wallingford Bridge to ensure that water is able to flow unimpeded to the Thames.
Mowbray Fields has had a lovely summer this year. We have had record numbers of orchids, with the plants starting to colonise the wildflower meadow, which is great news.
Thrupp Lake at Radley had its circular walk officially opened. Maps and leaflets for the self-guided trail are available on site and will soon be downloadable from the Earth Trust website. If you would like more information about the sites and events or are interested in getting involved with one of our volunteer groups or as a warden please contact me, on 01865 409410 or 07982 218493, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Lorretta Waters
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