Knighton Green in summer lockdown

Recently we had our first non virtual committee meeting on Knighton Green since lockdown. Apart from feeling more like a set of skittles than a committee due to social distancing this was a successful foray. A distant committee meetingAlthough we have not been able to re-sow the meadow this year the Green is still proving a restful haven for wildlife and people alike. The bench seems well used, the teasels we planted are doing well and the natural regeneration of the meadow strip has produced some stunning Spear thistles amongst the various grasses, buttercups and the occasional vestige of last year’s sowing, bring back happy memories. The three apple trees are thriving and we will be pruning them for structure later this year. And the Rowan planted by the National Womens’ Register is well established.Rowan tree

It’s worth spending a minute or two looking and listening in this green haven –

  • Look out for butterflies and dragonflies along the brook and its banks from the bridge;
  • The flowers continue to attract bees and hoverflies;
  • Birdsong seems louder this year – can you see if the nest boxes we put up have been used? How many birds can you identify from their song?

Soon it will be possible to start up some of the smaller tasks with a few people working at suitable distancing building up to some planting and coppicing later in the year. We are planning for a full programme of work next year including a deeper meadow and a new area of coppice in front of the old farmhouse.

Do send any photos you take on the Green or in the Churchyard and we will make a gallery of them later in the summer – send them to info@knightonwild.org.uk

We will be putting some information on what you can see in the notice board soon so keep your eye out and enjoy the Green.