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Meadow

Volunteers clearing Rawcliffe Meadows
Hard work on a Sunday morning

Minding the Meadow 1

As the season changes, the folk who look after Rawcliffe Meadows in York, Spring into action. Mick Phythian is one of the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows. He's keeping a diary of his work there this year. Here's entry one!

Sunday 26 March 2006

Judi Sutton, coordinator of the Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows and Mick Phythian, Chair of York Natural Environment Trust met up with Andrew and Katy from BBC Radio York for the their first on-site meeting.

The Friends are having a work party on the site with Ron, Marie, Alison and Paul helping to transplant brambles. The group have established log piles on the site and having held them down, in case of flooding, with stakes and wire are now making them more attractive as a habitat by planting brambles over them.

"American tourists keen to sample the English countryside thanked us for our efforts!"

The site is exceedingly damp after recent rain and the pond overflowing, so walking the site requires Wellington boots for comfort.

 However, the sunshine has brought out lots of people, with dog-walkers and cyclists making use of the park. We even met a group of American tourists keen to sample the English countryside who thanked us for our efforts!

The meadows have been managed since 1991 and Mick, Judi and Ron have all been involved since the outset. Paul, Alison and Mari are younger, newer recruits who are more than welcome.

Mick

last updated: 27/07/06
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