Work keeps meadow in shape

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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

Vol­un­teers from the Ken­tish Stour Coun­try­side pro­ject spent a day cut­ting, prun­ing and gar­den­ing a meadow cor­ri­dor on a new cy­cle route.

Verges along the Park Farm to Ash­ford town cen­tre path are brim­ming with wild flow­ers but they are threat­ened by dom­i­nant docks and creep­ing this­tles if not well main­tained.

Deb­bie Reynolds, coun­try­side of­fi­cer, said: “Wild flower grass­lands re­quire reg­u­lar man­age­ment dur­ing the first few years to en­sure that com­pe­ti­tion from more dom­i­nant species is con­trolled.

“Suc­cess­ful man­age­ment will lead to many years of value in terms of habi­tat pro­vi­sion and low labour costs.

“The wild flower verges mark the edge of a suc­cess­ful tree plant­ing pro­ject which will cre­ate habi­tat for local pop­u­la­tions of hazel dormice.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or ad­vice on wild flower meadow cre­ation all the pro­ject on 03000 410900, email ken­tish­s­tour@kent.gov.uk or visit www. ken­tish­s­tour.org.uk

Vol­un­teers David Mann and Jim Gar­rett man­ag­ing docks and creep­ing this­tle

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