Last Tuesday the grassland in Barton Fields was mowed by a local farmer and on Wednesday and Saturday teams of volunteers helped rake the hay off of the field into stacks. This removes nutrients from the grassland, which helps to increase plant diversity. The stacks rot down providing habitat for grass snakes, voles and other creatures. This is a task that the Abingdon Naturalists’ Green Team have done each year for the past sixteen years. It is keeps us fit apart from anything else.
On Wednesday the Green Team raked about three acres into ‘rolls’ ready for Saturday when we had 31 volunteers including: 17 – Abingdon Green Gym, 9 – 2nd Abingdon Scouts and 5 – Barton Fields Green Team. They completed the job in about two and a half hours, including a break with refreshments provided by the Green Team. The scouts particularly enjoyed jumping up and down on top of the haystacks!
David says We are very grateful to all the volunteers.
Thanks also go to Michael Bloom for the first and third pictures, and David for the group picture, and the scouts’ parents for giving permission for the images to be shown on the internet.
Dorothy Perkins, in Abingdon, is to close a month from now and currently have a closing down sale.
The shop in Abingdon is quite small and is packed with rails of women’s fashion, and some accessories. Staff are very friendly and say there will still be a Dorothy Perkins in Witney and Oxford.
Have you ever wondered who was Dorothy Perkins. The chain began life in 1909 as H.P. Newman, and adopted its current name in 1939. It was not named after a real person but after a veteran rambling rose. (Thanks to Georges Seguin (Okki) for the picture of the Dorothy Perkins rose found on wikipedia.)
I joined Helen on a litter pick near Reynolds Way this morning.
Some people stopped to talk about litter. “You have a thankless job there,” one lady told me. “People just throw their empty takeaway out of the car window and don’t take it home.”
There was a lot of litter thrown into the hedge next to the Open 7 Days Supermarket. Helen has already arranged for a couple of new bins to be put in useful places. Removing this hedge and replacing it with some wisteria and a bin would also help.
There were other litter hot spots – areas down small lanes, and round corners where empty beer and cider bottles and cans still hung around after the drinkers had gone.
The Next AbiBinit! Litter Picking Initiative is Saturday 29th September. There is also a big Spring Clean all round Abingdon in the Spring.