Posted by: Claire Hannington | August 2, 2013

July Jamboree

The weather in July was certainly something to celebrate – and it seems like I chose the best month to take some of my annual leave. It feels a bit wrong writing July’s volunteering update as I was sunning it on the Cornish Coast whilst the volunteers were hard at work here on Gower. But I have it on good authority they continued their excellent work alongside Kathryn and Dave.

200 kids from Gowerton school hit the beach on the 2nd July – and took away with them a massive trailer full of rubbish. It was amazing to see them stretched out along the length of the beach doing their bit in reducing the rather mounting litter problem the lovely weather has brought with it. I entertained a group from a company in Cardiff (Linea Resourcing) who came and litterpicked the more remote location of Ramsgrove, and having done that went and cleared Mewslade as well. The weekday volunteers also cleared Three Cliffs and we have begun work cleaning Lucas Bay, near Oxwich point.

The Warren in Rhossili has continued to receive its annual makeover clearing the site of ragwort, thistles and bracken. We have a new tenant farmer who is going to cut as much hay as he can in the next couple of weeks. Its really beginning to pay off – thanks to the huge amount of hours the volunteers have put in.

We have also been clearing the bracken from the Bulwark and ragwort from Pennard Cliffs. Everything has grown really quickly in the last few weeks. We went to Penmaen this week and struggled to find the Church and Burial Chamber amongst the undergrowth. Both have had a good cut back, and we will be moving on to the Ringwork next.

The paths on Notthill have also been cleared along with those in Cwm Ivy Woods. We had the help of two work experience pupils this month who really got stuck in to all the tasks involved. I had a couple of lads from Blaen-y-Maes Youth centre who gave up their Saturday to clear some bracken at Cwm Ivy and learn about the landscape and wildlife of Whiteford. Maybe it wasn’t quite the wildlife we were expecting tho, as being a lovely day it had brought the naturists en masse to the beach!!

Long may the sun continue to shine – i’m off to get ready for tomorrows Saturday group.

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