January volunteer activity

Le Rat

Sunday 11th January 2015 – Les Saulsées, St Lawrence – 10:30 – 13.00

From Jersey Conservation Volunteers

Happy New Year to all of our Jersey Conservation Volunteers.

Now that the Christmas excitement has passed, it’s time to get back to work and burn off all those chocolates and mince pies. The first task of the year will be from 10.30 until 13.00 on Sunday 11th January at Les Saulsées, St Lawrence.

The details Les Saulsées is a meadow in St Lawrence, next to the National Trust for Jersey property, La Rât. This 17th Century cottage has been used as many things over the years, the last being a pig shed, before the Trust purchased the property in 1937.  Les Saulsées means The Willows in Jèrriais so, as you can imagine, there are a lot of willows growing there, and there has been for a long time.

This pretty, grazed meadow is dissected by a stream, along the banks of which the willows are growing. These willows are spreading quickly, and need bringing under control before they take over completely. Willow spreads by sending up new shoots from the roots, known as suckers, and they love the wet habitat created by the springs that rise in the meadow, and those that feed the abrevior, an area created for livestock to drink from.

Parking There will be parking just up the road at Morel Farm, on La Rue de la Fontaine, St Lawrence, directions will be sign-posted on the day. On Google maps use this link

  • Point A is the garage on St Lawrence main road (Full Service Centre, formerly 3 Oaks garage) which is a good starting point
  • Point B is Morel Farm and parking for event
  • Point C is the task area

In the phone book the parking is on map 3, at the top of square A5

The task Today we will be removing the willow suckers, by cutting them down, and creating a wildlife dead-hedge with the cut limbs. We will also make any repairs needed to the stream banks, and generally tidy the field walls and do any work to the adjoining well, La Fontaine de St Martin, which is one of Jersey’s old ‘sacred’ springs and, it is said, has healing properties.

Tools needed Please bring cutting tools such as loppers, secateurs or handsaws, if you have them. We do have some tools, but the more the merrier. We also have some gloves, but please do bring your own if you can.

Clothing needed Please dress for the weather, and wear sturdy footwear, we will be working on heavy, wet ground or in the stream – wellies will probably be the best option.

Children All are welcome, young or old. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult, but are very welcome.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards, of course, by the lovely Kim.