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Martin
I think this will be a blueprint for many of our urban/suburban green spaces in the future - species-rich grassland (irregularly-cut) with scrub (irregularly coppiced), bramble, bare areas, open areas, well-trodden paths. Wildlife. Made possible by Keith & Dave
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Kevin Walker Jun 7
If only more of our spp-rich grasslands had as much heterogeneity as that 😉 Too many are uniformly managed to maintain a few (usually short) micro habitats. Bring on a bit more short grass intermixed with scrub!
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Martin Jun 7
I confess that is probably a grassland community over 500 years old, and much of the diversity is a result of a limited budget, but still it can't be beyond the wit of horticulture to recreate something similar on subsoil? and it makes a great park!
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Moira O'Donnell Jun 7
Bravo Keith and Dave. 👍
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Martin Jun 7
Keith is the man on paperwork/grants (it's an LNR and a Local Wildlife Site) and Dave does grass/scrub and LWS coordination. They both love working with me 😉 I think there's a Friends group...but it may have lapsed.
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A Green Life Jun 7
Looks great! Where is this?
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Martin Jun 7
It's GreenVale - to the northwest of Hartburn - there's access off Limbrick Avenue or I usually park behind the shops at Aiskew Grove and walk in from there along the path, then over the beck. Lots of Bird's-foot-trefoil at the moment and I spotted a little Northern Marsh-orchid
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A Green Life Jun 7
Oh wow! I live just off limbrick avenue! So I know where you mean 😁
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Moira O'Donnell Jun 7
Well it sounds like you are a cracking team. 👍
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Martin Jun 7
😂it's amazing! one of our best wildflower-rich grassland sites in the Tees Valley - I know it looks 'scrubby' sometimes but it's such an exciting, versatile space for wildlife and people!
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Martin Jun 7
I see them next week so I will tell them we are!
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A Green Life Jun 7
I wouldn't have known. I'm very much a novice/beginner about plants. Will have to explore in more depth. At least I know who to ask if I need anything (everything) identified 😉
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Martin Jun 7
Most people who live near there don't know...do go and have a wander round - it changes nicely with the seasons so there is usually something new to spot...and please do ask!
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Jake Rayson—̲Ƒօɾҽʂէ Ɠąɾժҽղҽɾ Jun 7
I love this! It’s not far removed from how I see a Community , very low maintenance, lots of diversity, a bit of something edible 🙂
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Martin Jun 7
Yes I agree (and I can say the brambles here are very tasty!). I'm looking at a variation of this (mainly adding fruit trees/hazel in places & local wildflowers) to help one local village start becoming more resilient in its community areas.
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Jake Rayson—̲Ƒօɾҽʂէ Ɠąɾժҽղҽɾ Jun 7
That is brilliant news 🙂, will you be blogging about it? Thanks to your advice & blog post a few months ago (about wilding town centres) I’m putting together a community forest garden project, with the emphasis on community & wildlife 👍
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Martin Jun 7
I hope to and I know I also need to update the Wildlife Trust (sort-of Forest Garden in places) Garden Blog because we are now five years on from this Great news about your community forest garden project! It's such a practical option for public spaces
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Jake Rayson—̲Ƒօɾҽʂէ Ɠąɾժҽղҽɾ Jun 7
I like that garden a lot. That is such a good idea about using a rhubarb next to a small pond, I hope you don't mind if I borrow it. I bought a Rheum palmatum last year. It’s growing, er, quite big already… I’ll be writing a lot about the project when it gets up and running :)
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Martin Jun 7
The garden has worked better than I hoped so I must do an update. And please do use the Rhubarb!...that one is Timperley Early. There are also smaller-sized varieties available too. Look forward to reading about your garden project! And best of luck!
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Jake Rayson—̲Ƒօɾҽʂէ Ɠąɾժҽղҽɾ Jun 8
Thank you! 😄
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