Posted by: Claire Hannington | May 30, 2014

Nowhere to hide

We ended April eating cake outside the Lodge, and we started May in exactly the same fashion! We had our first official visit from the National Trust’s Director General Dame Helen Ghosh who visited Rhossili and Cwm Ivy, so what better way to meet the team than over a cup of tea and a cake. From her blog we know she had a great time visitng properties across South Wales.

The Saturday group got stuck in to some rhododendron clearance on Ryers Down. We have been stump treating after cutting in to try and reduce its chances of growing back. And it seems to be working. I won’t say we will ever clear it all but we certainly have it under control now. Our Tuesdays volunteers also spent a day up there and that’s it now until the winter as the bracken is getting a bit tall to work in amongst it.

ryers rhodie

We have been undertaking more litterpicks with days at Whiteford, Nicholaston, Three Cliffs and Rhossili. We also picked up the litter previously collected from Hunts Bay, Pennard and took away all the bags (3 trailer loads full) from the fields by Lucas Bay. Because it was so bad after the winter storms I think it is really noticeable now how clean the coastline is looking. Lets hope it can stay that way over the summer.

I was off for a week in May but Kathryn and the volunteers continued the good work – finally clearing all the burnt gorse from above Mewslade. It’s taken us a whole lot of volunteers and time but we got there and the area certainly looks better for it. They also spent a couple of days burning the brash at Nicholaston following contractors work in the winter to control the scrub on the Burrows. Nicholaston Burrows is an important area of dunes covered in flowers and lichens.

And some rather interestingly posed staff and volunteers!

(Thanks to Vyron for this one)

245 DSCF6639 quartetHalifax group

And here’s another wonderful group photo this time of a group from the Swansea branch of Halifax who gave up their Sunday off to ‘make a difference’. They spent the day clearing pine saplings from around the edges of the plantations and dunes at Whiteford.

We installed a new memorial bench outside the shop at Rhossili, to replace one that had become rotten and unstable, and also put in a new interpretation panel by the hut at the car park at Pennard.

benchPennard sign

Volunteers also helped out at our Dylan Thomas walk – check out Kathryn’s blog post about what was a fabulous event.

We have spent a bit of time at Cwm Ivy and Whiteford as well. We have started building a new log store in our woodyard ready to be filled with logs for next winters woodburners in the Holiday Cottages. We hope to finish that next week so photos of the finished article should be in next months blog.

And we have a new birdhide out on the point at Whiteford. A local contractor Andy Roberts has spent most of the month building it on his own! And it is nearly finished. We spent two days there this week helping to turf the roof. And what a roof. We wait to see what interesting things will grow and who knows maybe a nest or too!

new hidenew bird hide

bird hide roof

Can you spot the roof?



  1. The bird hide looks fantastic. Will have to go out and see it. Top of Mewslade is great. I was there the other evening and bumped into Al and a load of police and the BBC at Rhossili …. Never a dull moment on Gower . You all work soooo hard!

    Love Barbara

    Sent from my iPad


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