Our Ranger, Kevin, will be leading a walk through the Nant Fawr.
Theme - "Aliens in the Nant Fawr"
Day - Sunday, May 6th 2018
Time - 2 - 3.30 p.m.
Meeting place - the entrance next to Cardiff High School
The rain held off as 14 of us turned up for a couple of hours work. The most significant event was the installation of the first of our new noticeboards.
As one group tackled the excavation of the holes for the supports, another group put together one of the new double boards. This is the first of the nine boards to be erected, courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The rest of the volunteers planted the remainder of the plugs and plants bought with the grant from Greggs - Echinacea, Ragged Robin and Red Campion. They also seeded an area (wild flower seed from Grow Wild) which had been cleared in the recent work by Welsh Water Dwr Cymru, and cut back the brambles around the orchard in Rhydypenau Meadow.
Our second schools planting sessions too place on the next day. In the morning Coed Glas school tackled the entrance from Ewenny Rd.
In the afternoon we met up with Llanishen High School. We split into three groups. A couple of the older pupils helped Kevin (our Ranger) to dig up a bit of path to put in a pipe to improve drainage. A second group (with suitable footwear!) tackled the marshy areas in the Boggy Meadow and near the entrance. The third group tackled the drier areas near the entrance and in the nearby copse.
Over the two days we planted: 200 Ragged Robin, 200 Primroses, 250 Red Campion, 100 Bluebells, 100 Cowslips, 100 Snakeshead Fritillary, and 40 Marsh Marigolds. We also reseeded damaged areas with grass and wild flower seeds. We shall also be planting 150 Hemp Agrimony on a future Friends workday. The Bee and Butterfly Border was planted with Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Clematis and Buddleia.
We also dispersed a variety seeds from Grow Wild (Native Welsh wild flower seeds provided by Kew Garden, funded by the Lottery)