Category Archives: News from the Painswick Beacon Newsletter

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

Painswick Beacon: The bad and the selfish

Painswick Beacon has been blighted recently by fly tipping and the selfish behaviour of visitors or locals who leave all kinds of litter behind, or let their dogs do so.

In the last few weeks there have been a series of fly tipping and an increase in litter leaving at the many road access points to the Beacon having a disastrous affect on our local beauty spot.  The most dramatic have been a truckload of uncooked chicken bits, and a load of household rubbish including child’s car seat, hanging baskets, storage boxes, bird caging and three recently alive pheasants.  The first was reportedly dumped ‘on or before’ Wednesday 6th February, and the second on Wednesday 13th February.  Both heaps were in the top most carpark beside the road that serves Catbrain.  A third load, unwanted rubber tyres, was added in front of the second on Thursday 14th February. Some Valentine’s gift!

Grazing had recommenced on the Beacon after nearly a year without the Belted Galloways. Three Dartmoor ponies have been grazing the same paddock as the Belties and shortening the smothering grass.  But not for long; ‘persons unknown’ have been meddling with the water troughs and electrified fencing. This has unnerved the owner, so the ponies have been removed.

In recent weeks there have also been incidents of track bikes and quad bikes doing damage to the greens and fairways at the golf course and the ongoing problems of a few dog owners not picking up after their dogs have left excrement for the rest of us to walk in.  It is difficult to catch vandals in the act, and dangerous to confront them.  But if more of the many walkers on the Beacon carry a camera or notebook, evidence can be passed promptly to the potential prosecutors. 0800 80 70 60 or 01453 754424

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