Hythe and District Countryside Volunteers have been continuing their exertions up at Eaton Lands, completing the widening of pathways and cutting back of brambles around the top of the old quarry. The pathways have been widened to double the size, with the brambles removed and the soil dug to assist with rainwater drainage.
The group is made up of volunteers who have many years’ experience working with ‘The Green Gym’, Romney Marsh Countryside Project, Dungeness Nature Reserve and others. There are plenty of jobs to get stuck into, including lighter tasks such as raking and collecting fallen twigs and leaves and cutting ivy.
Their work has also included the removal of sycamore seedlings, Alexander weeds, ivy and piles of twig, removal of dead and dying tree branches, pruning overhead branches to raise the tree canopy and leaf debris, with further raking of the soil.
Most recently an area of decked pathway has been repaired.
If you would like to get involved and join the volunteers, they meet up on a Wednesday between 8.00 and 9.00am at Plot 30B on Eaton Lands South allotments.
(To get to plot 30B, go through the gate to the allotments at the corner of Castle Road and Hillcrest Rd. Follow the path all the way to the bottom of the track and at the plot is at the right hand side, by the dry hedging.) If you arrive after this time, you can call David Barker on 07952158328 who will meet and greet you and introduce you to the team. If there are additional members the Wednesday work day could be extended to say a Thursday if that suits better.
The work is covered by an induction, method statement and the necessary insurances. Tools, gloves, hi-vis are provided just bring drinks and sandwiches.
The cutting of Ash trees as a result of Ash die back is not part of our work, but we hope in the future to be able to replant new young saplings, bluebells etc. to enhance this wonderful second jewel in the crown of Hythe.