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Tree Guards

Sometimes it does pay keep things. The roll of wire netting was left over from keeping sheep out of an area at the back of the house where we stayed in the Highlands, and that was a fair few years ago. It has now been made good use of to make guards for some of the young trees in Bathing House Wood that were planted in March 2015 by P7 pupils from Donibristle Primary. In the past year the deer have started to cause significant damage by fraying the bark on the sapling trees with their antlers to leave a territorial scent mark where the bark has been removed. Some photos show the damage produced. Thanks to Peter Collin’s loan of some strong wire cutters, the netting was cut into suitably s

Preparing the ground

We were lucky with the weather for the first work party of 2019. It was a pleasant and sunny and our work area was sheltered from the strong west wind. With 6 of us working we soon removed the strongest clumps of grass and other over-vigorous plants in preparation for later seed sowing. Once again the aim is to have the cornfield annuals that give such a show of colour each summer in this border and provide a wealth of pollen, especially for hoverflies. There will be seed germinating from the seed shed into the soil from the flowers of previous years, but this will be supplemented in March or April with seed collected last year, mostly from poppy. We also discovered some of the usually hid

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