Posted: 22/05/2015 at 13:28
Most of it does get done late in the year but there's lots of clearing up and it's individuals doing that when they can. I think they've stopped anyway now but the damage is done for this year and I don't think the Twayblades will recover enough to flower. When the village first acquired the wood there was just me and occasionally one or two others for the first 5 years, then a committee was formed to combine the Millennium Green, the Village Hall grounds and the wood which all run consecutively along the river. So I opted out, very few appeared to be aware of what I had been doing anyway.
I rather lost any confidence in Wildlife Trusts when I observed a bunch of primary school pupils planting bluebells in another of the local woods. Poor tatty looking bunches held in hot little hands, a hasty scraping of the ground, bluebells laid down and another hasty scraping to cover them. All supervised by the Wildlife Trust rangers. That was bad enough but I also took one of the rangers a little further along the path to where there was a magnificent display of Red Elf fungus. Was she interested? She didn't even pretend to be. And no, not a single bluebell survived that traumatic experience