FES­TI­VAL’S AT THE CUT­TING EDGE

Mayor and may­oress join in ‘won­der­ful’ event at mead­ows

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com HILLING­DON’S mayor and may­oress proved they have green fin­gers by tak­ing part in the an­nual Scyth­ing Fes­ti­val on Pinn Mead­ows.

Friends of Pinn Mead­ows, a group of Ruis­lip res­i­dents who pro­tect and main­tain the grassy area be­tween Elm­bridge Drive and St Martin’s Ap­proach, joined in the fun.

They donned their best gar­den gloves af­ter at­tend­ing a two-day scyth­ing work­shop, or­gan­ised by Hilling­don Coun­cil.

Rob Cousins, chair­man of the Friends of Pinn Mead­ows, said: “It was a great suc­cess with the mayor and may­oress com­ment­ing what a won­der­ful event it was and how they en­joyed get­ting in­volved.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see how en­thu­si­as­tic the mayor and may­oress were to par­tic­i­pate and how de­lighted they were to see what a dif­fer­ence scyth­ing makes to the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The group sat down to en­joy a com­mu­nity pic­nic af­ter clear­ing the over­grown grassy area near to the River Pinn.

Scyth­ing is an an­cient, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly tech­nique which the group used to col­lect seeds from the yel­low rat­tle wild­flower so they can be sown around other parts of the mead­ows.

An ex­pe­ri­enced scyther is said to be able to cut one or two acres a day.

The event, now in its sec­ond year, took place on Satur­day, July 18.

Friends of Pinn Mead­ows hold monthly meet­ings to help pre­serve and main­tain the mead­ows, un­der the di­rec­tion of Hilling­don’s Coun­try­side and Con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer.

n ‘FAN­TAS­TIC’: (Clock­wise from above) Mayor and may­oress Ge­orge and Ju­dith Cooper join in the fes­ti­val; Friends mem­ber Barry Rat­cliffe; en­joy­ing a pic­nic in the sun; scyth­ing ac­tion

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