Brownies from Abergavenny and Goytre recently planted a wild harvest spinney in the copse. The thirty strong group greatly enjoyed the planting process, with each tree anchored by a marker with their name on it. The brownies also named trees for parents and grandparents, and they greatly look forward to seeing the trees grow in size over time.
We hope this is the first of many activity visits for the girls – with perhaps some of the skill tasks we’re able to set them linking to brownie badges.
We had good weather and an excellent turnout of nearly thirty people for our first walk of 2017. Twenty-five different bird species were spotted in an hour and a half, engaging in some interesting behaviour. A flock of at least 20 redwings were feeding together near the copse. These thrushes migrate to the relative warmth of the UK in winter when their arctic summer homes are too cold. They are about the same size as our resident song thrush, but have a distinctive white eye-stripe: it would also be very rare to see a flock of that number of song thrushes together. By contrast the buzzard is a permanent resident in Wales: one of these was sitting firmly in one of the meadow trees, refusing to be disturbed by at least a dozen magpies that were trying to move this predator away from their territory.
We’re continuing to try to achieve our aim of planting 100 trees in the Meadows to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Unfortunately, as the article in the Chronicle explains, it seems that someone wants to stop us doing that, by stealing the trees we plant. Not only is this very distressing for the people whose relatives are being remembered, it’s also damaging the meadows for everyone. We’re working with the police and council to try to stop this vandalism.