Bramble-clearing heroes

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An area of Smallcombe Nuttery in Horseshoe Walk was cleared of brambles by volunteers from the Community Action Network (CAN) and Princes Trust volunteers on the morning of 18 October, to improve access and create a more wildlife-friendly area.

The weather was a bit wild and wet, but this did not put off the enthusiastic volunteers who created a lovely clear patch of land at the end of their four-hour session. The work was carried out under the guidance of Irene Correia from Avon Wildlife Trust who runs CAN sessions every Wednesday for Bathscape.

The aim of the clearing exercise was to cut the brambles back at the bottom of the Nuttery in order to expose the ground underneath and allow the latent wildflower seeds to grow up through the grass to create a more pollinator-friendly area. The bramble cuttings were piled up along the far edge of the Nuttery to create a habitat for wildlife. There is now much improved access through the gate into the Nuttery and around the cob nut trees.

The nuttery is planted on National Trust land, beside the Skyline Walk at Smallcombe and. is an example of the way that Transition Bath cultivates unused spaces around the city. Cobnuts, walnuts, almonds and sweet chestnuts were planted in 2011, and a quince, medlar and mulberry were added in 2012.

Thank you to all the volunteers from CAN and The Princes Trust!