Hucclecote Meadows are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). They are a species rich ancient pasture, with a variety of grasses and meadow flowers. During the Summer the meadows support a wide diversity of butterflies and throughout the year it provides shelter and nesting sites for birds and small mammals, and roosting sites for bats. The pond also supports a rich range of aquatic life.
Hucclecote Meadows are owned and managed by Gloucester City Council as a community nature reserve, with help from the Friends of Hucclecote Meadows Working Group.
On Sunday 2nd June, 2 – 4pm Gloucester City Council Countryside rangers with help from the Friends of Hucclecote Meadows and other volunteers will be giving some TLC to the newly planted trees in Hucclecote Meadows. You can help with weeding around the trees, removing and replacing any damaged tree guards and digging out any dead trees. Everyone will meet at the main gate on Lobleys Drive, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 5NY, at 2pm or you can meet them in the meadows.
Why get involved?
We want to ensure that our newly planted trees have the best start in life, so we do need to give them some special TLC every now and then. By removing the weeds from around them we make sure that they have no unwanted competition for space or nutrients. The protective guards help keep them free of any rabbits or other mammals that might strip off the bark right round the tree. Trees tend to cope well with a bit of bark nibbling, but once it has been striped off the whole way round its very much game over for them. Dead trees take up valuable space that our living trees could be expanding into, but they are also at risk of being toppled over in strong winds and potentially damaging healthy living trees in the process. Managing our tree in this way not only gives them the best start it also allows them to provide the best sort of habitat for birds, insects and the small mammals that call them home.
However, the benefits to joining us for this volunteering are not just for the wildlife. It’s a great chance for you to get some fresh air and gentle exercise, in a sociable and friendly environment. You might also pick up a few hints and tips that you can use to protect any trees you are lucky enough to have in your own garden. Being outdoors and having contact with wildlife is a great positive mood booster, so you’ll be doing yourself as much of a favour as the local wildlife.
As it is a weekend, do bring along the whole family (children are great weeders!) and make it into a really good outdoor family time event. It’s a great way to get youngsters involved and passionate about the wildlife on their doorstep, with practical activities that they can most definitely get involved with.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from the Countryside rangers with more information
- Maintenance and Repair
- Community Work