Since my last DoGG words things have been very busy. Volunteers have been working extremely hard at Moorgreen Meadows, Hedge End to clear and crown lift encroaching Holly. This has also had a benefit of opening up the wooded area, making it less inviting for youngsters to ‘camp out’ there in the evenings – why do they need to leave their rubbish or feel the need to burn stuff? Hopefully, now that they are in better view from a nearby main road and with regular PCSO visits they may get the hint and move away leaving us with the woodland plants benefitting from the additional light.
Planning the large community event – Meadow Madness & Wild Woods – organised alongside Eastleigh Borough Council has enabled me to make contact with individuals in the region who are either established in grasslands /woodland crafts or embarking on their career. We are hoping to make this event really interactive and engage the public with these traditional skills and crafts. If you are local, then the date is Sunday 20th May, any volunteers of help will be very welcome, watch the DoGG website (www.dogg-project.org) for details.
The really good news concerns a local wet meadow that after a long period where grazing has not happened we are in a position to reinstate this. Together with volunteer work we can hopefully hold back the steady march of scrub and birch to protect the abundance of orchids and other plants. More later about this part of the project.