Words from our Chairman

13th November; a date to remember! Painswick Beacon Conservation Group will be hosting an important meeting after the brisk AGM at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 13th in the Church Rooms, off Stamages Lane, car park. With several expert speakers we will cover a range of topics: – What PBCG is for and how you might help – How Edge Common (also known as Scotts- quar Hill or Rudge Hill Common) has been hugely improved and shows how Painswick Beacon can follow suit. (Paul Griffiths). – How the meadows can be improved by seed collection and distribution (Katherine Hol- mes of the Cotswolds AONB’S Magnificent Meadows team) – How the number of Junipers on the Beacon is being doubled. (Tim Wilkins of Plantlife) – How the Duke of Burgundy, and Large Blue butterflies are being helped by the planting of 1,000 cowslips and 350 Wild Thyme. (Polly Lillico of Butterfly Conservation.) – How the woodlands can be improved to produce excellent habitats plus firewood and charcoal. – And also a Question and Answer session. The cattle on the Beacon have vastly improved the paddock (known as No. 4) to the west and north of the Hillfort. The grass is now short and they have also enjoyed eat- ing most of the “weeds” and the leaves of unwanted ash and sycamore self-sown trees. Last Thursday, 23rd October, our “four-legged mowers” moved east towards Cheltenham to pasture new (Paddock 2) occupying the Southern ramparts of the hillfort as far as the Cotswolds Trail. They will stay there almost till Christmas or until the feed is all gone or weather too frightful. Elsewhere the Saturday work parties have been planting wild thyme, reducing the compe- tition of other trees and bushes round the older junipers, and, mostly clearing unwanted ash and sycamore from “should-be” flowery grass areas. One of the perks of being a workparty slasher is free firewood; – predominately ash. Come and join us, and help yourself. Dates are Saturdays November 8th and 22nd, December 6th and 20th. See the Village Diary. If you are a keen rose grower do help yourself to the quantities of cow dung in the used paddocks. Natural England aims to reduce the fertility of the limestone grassland so you can please them as well as your plants. A win-win situation?
David Bishop Chairman 814205,
David Allott Vice-Chairman

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