Pollarding Willows and A Clean Sweep

Pollarding Willows and A Clean Sweep
March 5, 2015 Adrian Walters

With lengthening and warmer days, the promise is spring is now very much in the air and life is beginning to rejuvenate following the damp dark months of winter. So although our Riverside Project Team members continue to work through the winter months thoughts turn to other activities as the weather improves.

Every year members of the Acton and Waldingfield cub scouts provide assistance on a Sunday morning in March. They were able to put their energy and enthusiasm to good use by processing material from recently pollarded willows as well as planting an extension to a hedge. Young children from St Gregory’s school also planted twenty seven saplings in the hedge, one sapling to mark each year of Red Nose day.

The Coppock sisters also carried out pollarding work to their father’s commemorative willow tree, it being four years since he died suddenly whilst volunteering on a work party on the riverside. Those people who are beginning to enjoy a much improved Valley Trail walk can thank the sisters for raising a wonderful sum of money which was used to buy a sweeper to clear the trail of years of accumulated mud and debris. The sweeper will be used to clean the trail every autumn which will make it a much more pleasant place to walk, jog, cycle, horse ride and enjoy the countryside.

Although it is still early in the season the Suffolk walks festival is already open for bookings with guided walks taking place all over the county. As part of the festival there will be two walks encompassing all or parts of the Gainsborough Trail Meadow Walk during May when people can learn a lot about the Sudbury Common Lands and why they still remain so special in spite of mounting pressures. Go to www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk to book tickets. All proceeds will go towards the management of this special landscape. The charity’s books will also be available for purchase following the walks.