News from the land – Autumn 2022

Looking out of my window, as I am reflecting on the past few months on the land, I am in awe of the beauty of our ‘golden October’.

In awe of nature’s color-schemes. The ocean of yellow in the gorse at spring-time gave way to the purple of the heathers in the summer, and now the trees are changing their outfits from green to shades of yellow, gold, red and brown. And bit by bit their leaves dance to the ground to become another layer of soil…

As you might know, our planned camping retreats have not really happened, except for Jenny’s ‘plant day’. But we have had a good camping season and lots of events – mostly around the shelter area on the Green Burial ground.

We ran successful guided tours of the land once a month, and kept up the monthly work-parties.

In regards to the Green Burials – Jamie Bryson is assisting me in taking over the land-based roles released by Will Russel, who has done a great (& patient) job of training &  mentoring us. We now have 47 bodies buried in the ground (of the G.B. area). We’ve also had a number of memorial trees planted in the memorial wood – on ashes of deceased ones, placentas of babies, or ‘just’ in memory of a loved one.

Draeyk has done a great job with reviving the ‘Woodland Garden’ – I recommend that you should go and see for yourself, if you can.

Wednesday mornings have become our ‘volunteer mornings’ – for conservation work. Where needed a lot of gorse got cut. We have planted some 60 oak trees and a number of scots-pines, and are still waiting for 150 trees from the woodland trust to be put into the ground this autumn.

Jonathan, on Hinterland’s behalf, has been busy supporting the beginnings of building the new main sanctuary in the Park.

We have started (and by the time you read this – hopefully finished) to run the topper over the regrowth of gorse on open areas. Around the turbines, the Green Burial ground, firebreaks and major tracks, etc, etc. It’s the first time we are doing this in the autumn to see if it could make a difference to the regrowth of the gorse.

Of course, as always there are so many different ongoing tasks essential to the conservation of our beautiful piece of the Earth here, i can’t mention them all. Maybe a small measure could be that we have used almost 200 tree-stakes for ‘tree-care’ over the summer. Some to put new, tall tubes around young trees, some just to replace rotten older stakes.

We never run out of good things to do!

And last but not least: Alan Watson Featherstone’s work with our surveys, and his interest in the tiny creatures which are overlooked more often than not, has given me a renewed appreciation of the incredible abundance and beauty of different life-forms on our small piece of land.

Wishing you all a beautiful autumn and festive season.

Kajedo Wanderer

FHT – Land Manager

31st of October, 2022

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