May volunteer activity

NE-IM-hemlock010516_jpgSunday 14th May 2017 – Hamptonne meadow, St Lawrence – 10:30-13.00

From Jersey Conservation Volunteers

For the last task before our well-earned summer break, join the National Trust Rangers at Hamptonne meadow on to undertake wet meadow restoration management.

The details

The flora in the meadow has responded well to management since the Trust acquired it in 2011. That said, hemlock water dropwort is still abundant. This native plant is invasive in many of Jersey’s wet meadows, especially those that have suffered from a lack of management in the past. This task will entail walking through the meadow and selectively cutting and removing hemlock water dropwort in order to speed up the restoration of the meadow to a favourable condition.

Please contact Julia at j.meldrum@gov.je or Jon at jonparkes@nationaltrust.je or phone Julia on 441600 or Jon on 483193 before you go just case anything changes.

The site

We will meet in the Hamptonne Country Life Museum car park, Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence

Parking  Parking is at the site

(Jersey Phone Directory Map 8, U10) Google maps here

The task Cutting and removing hemlock water dropwort

Tools needed Tools will be provided but if you have a sickle/scythe it would be helpful if you could bring it along with you.

Clothing needed. A note of caution, hemlock water dropwort is the most toxic plant in Britain so please ensure that you wear long-sleeved clothing regardless of the weather. The roots are the most toxic part of the plant so we will only be handling the stems and leaves. We will provide protective gloves as well as hand washing facilities and ask that all attendees kindly use them.

Wellies are very highly advisable, as we are working in a wet meadow!

Children All are welcome, young or old. Children under 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian during the task.

Work will finish by 12:30 when cake and refreshments will be served by our super talented baker Kim the Kake.

And finally:

Thank you to all of you for your hard work this season. Your enthusiasm and commitment makes a huge difference to Jersey’s wild areas, we are really appreciative of your efforts, no matter how much or little you are able to contribute.

The Jersey Conservation Volunteers will be back in October, watch this space…

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