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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Spring is on its way!!!

Has Spring finally sprung???

Frogspawn has been spotted, and the odd Bluebell coming through (still a few more weeks until the woodland floor is carpeted with them though so just hold out for that photo opportunity). 

The Wildflower meadow has been chain-harrowed to get rid of any old material lying on the top, hindering those wildflowers reaching for the sun.

Monday, 14 March 2016

College and volunteer's combined efforts.

Here at Rufford we have a loyal set of Saturday volunteers and a fresh new set of college groups that undertake tasks on site.
This weeks task was to start laying the 130m of fencing needed to border a pathway used by the public, and both groups have done great!!!

Estate skills are part of the College's syllabus so they are more than keen to crack on with fencing, and the volunteers will do anything you throw at them. The 'slightly' muddy path will be laid with hard chippings in the future so that this whole pathway will sport a new updated look.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Tree of the Week

Hawthorn -Crataegus Monogyna

A small, spreading deciduous (loses it's leaves in winter) tree. It is commonly used for hedgerows as the thorny twigs which are densely packed, act as a good barrier and it's resilience to survive in harsh conditions.
  • Look out for the clusters of white or sometimes pink tinged flowers in late spring, followed by the ripe fruit (red berries) from October. Berries are a valuable food for birds such as Fieldfares and Redwing and small mammals such as Bank Vole and Wood Mice.
  • The bark tends to be brown-grey with orange layers lower down. As it ages it forms a fissured pattern with algae sometimes forming. The leaves are small and deeply