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Autumn

It seems quite a while since I last filled in this Blog. Anyway Autumn is well and truly with us. The Park is looking magnificent with the wonderful palette of colours that abound at this time of year. It is a shame the sun isn’t shining all the time to truly bring out the colours.

At last the grass growth is slowing down, we seem to have been cutting grass forever this year. In fact every thing seems to have grown really well, even the Laurel which we pruned only a few weeks ago has continued to shoot up, so we are having to re-prune some bits.

Autumn is a great time to see all the wildlife around the Park with the leaves falling it is that much easier to see things. On a short walk around the Lakes today I saw; A Kingfisher, Grey Heron, 2 Little grebes, Mallards, Coots, Moorhens, Black-headed gulls, Herring gulls and around the feeders ; Nuthatch, Marsh tit, Coal tit, Blue tit, Great tit, and the usual bold Robin. Meanwhile Buzzards and Ravens soared up above.

All the while we battle with the falling leaves, blowing, raking  and shifting them, only for more to take their place,

Autumn in Prior Park. One of the Little grebe on the Bottom Lake


Cows, Pasture and Volunteers

Our trusty grass cutters

The pasture here at Prior Park is an extremely important part of the Garden, but its subtlety is often missed by the visitors. The whole area is a botanists delight, full of wild flowers and grasses. At times we have such things as Pyramidal Orchid, Bee Orchid, Ladies Bedstraw, Oxeye daisy, Hawkweed, Bird’s foot trefoil, Knapweed……….the list goes on. In order to maintain this delightful place we have to carefully graze it during the summer. This allows a lot of the flowers to flourish, by keeping the grass and nutrients down. We  use cows from a local farmer and as you can see they blend in nicely.

Volunteers also help  manage the pasture by clearing Nettles and Brambles as well as keeping on top of the Thistles by cutting the flower heads off. It is a delicate balance of keeping potentialy invasive plants down, and allowing some to grow inorder to maintain a balanced biodiversity.

Hopefully we get it right

Jasmin keeping Thistles down by 'topping' them