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Jubilee Green working sessions, 2017

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Tuesday 11th April : report from Paul Arthur
Eight volunteers enjoyed a dry, sunny evening with fantastic views over Bridport. Our achievements were:
- We scythed around the edge of the plateau meadow area, and trimmed off some of the longer clumps of grass within the meadow. There was a reasonable amount of yellow rattle coming up, maybe a little more than we had earlier thought.
- Cutting the grass around all nine fruit trees, using scythe or shears, and some circles were weeded too.
- We tidied the copse area by cutting and weeding the grass around the shrubs.
- We planted a silver birch in the space we identified last month. We also noticed that the hazel we had planted last month is doing well.
- There is slight damage to one of the fruit trees.
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Tuesday 14th March: report from Paul Arthur
A cloudy, mild, dry and calm morning, ideal for carrying out a variety of tasks. Six volunteers this time, and jobs were:
• Weeding and trimming grass from around all nine tree circles
• Final pruning of fruit trees
• Re-inking of all tree labels
• Greasing to combat winter moth
• Weeding and trimming of growth around all shrubs in the copse
• Trimming grass around oak tree
• Planting a hazel in the spot a shrub had been removed from last month
• Some yellow rattle seedlings were identified in the meadow area
Tuesday 14th February : report from Paul Arthur
Despite the cloudy and dull weather, with some drizzle to round off the session, an enthusiastic band of seven volunteers tackled some late winter season tasks. These were:
- The pruning of the fruit trees (a little more needs to be done here)
- Weeding around all of the fruit trees, removing dandelions etc.
- Trimming and removal of grass from the small copse in the bottom south east corner of the site
- Trimming of grass from around the grid of shrubs in the southern area of the site (one of these shrubs had died and was removed, possibly to be replaced by a spare whip that we still have at St Mary’s Church Field)
- Trimming and removal of grass from around all of the whips in the copse area that had been planted in May 2015.
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