Posted by: Claire Hannington | May 9, 2016

April Showers

April has managed to throw every sort of weather at us from wintry squalls to glorious warm sunshine. The volunteers keep on coming though and have worked through whatever comes from the skies.

It started with the Saturday group on a really dull and drizzly day at Rhossili, where we litter picked the beach. We managed to clear about a mile of beach with the help of our newest and possibly youngest recruit. Sat group - newest recruit

We finished the new gates at the beginning of Cwm Ivy Marsh and continued repairing the fence line between the Woods and the Tor.

We were joined for a day by employees from Natural Resources Wales and Jo Mullett, who runs her own invasive species control business, clearing the now dead cotoneaster from Port Einon Point following it being sprayed last year by Jo. We have very nearly cleared all the area of dead cotoneaster and any regrowth or areas missed will be sprayed again this year.

Cotoneaster port einon

The volunteers spent a day out on the Worm’s Head collecting and burning the gorse cut by John Jenkins over the winter. John has since spent a further couple of days out there completing the job.

Many volunteers attended an otter training day at Cwm Ivy facilitated by Corrinne and led by Dr Dan Foreman of Swansea University. I have been told it was a brilliant day by all who attended.

I attended a volunteering workshop in Powis Castle, and following on from that we are now using the myvolunteering rotas and hours system. ‘Myvolunteering’ is the online website for National Trust volunteers. The Saturday group now has its rota online where volunteers can sign up, and this will be rolled out to our weekday volunteers soon. And all our volunteers can now put their own hours in as well. Coming soon will be our very own Gower Property Page.

Corrinne updated our volunteers on the Cwm Ivy Marsh Project so being in the area we carried out a litterpick on Whiteford in the afternoon.

We also teamed up with Steve Lancey of the Gower Landscape Partnership, with volunteers from the mental health hospital in Bridgend and Swansea City Football in the Community Project, to undertake a litterpick on Ramsgrove. We had a fabulous turnout and cleared all the litter from the beach and the Valley.

 

We have been undertaking quite a bit of fencing in the Vile, Rhossili. We are currently fencing two fields that we hope to establish as hay meadows, now that they have come back in hand.

We have also replaced a section of fence on the Warren.

18  group

I had a group from Virgin Media come and join me for for a days rhododendron clearing on Ryers Down. Following on from that we have already had 2 more teams from there book on to carry on with the task.

Virgin Media - ryers down

Thank you to Jo, Vyron and Steve for some of the photos for this blog – I had a small incident with my phones during the month – leaving them on your car roof and driving off equals very squashed phones 😦 Hopefully I won’t do that again!

 

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