MCT Activities in January & February 2021

The photos taken on 24th show Paul and Lesley planting Guelder Rose with advice from the local robin.  We have already planted several blackthorn, hawthorn and hazel in the exposed area.

We have been hard at work in February, once the snow stopped, clearing ivy, brambles and nettles east of the path at the north end.  This was because of the felling of 28 large trees on the adjacent CYC-owned land by the owner of one of the cottages.  This left the rear of the cottages in full view from Mayfields main path.  After consulting the other adjacent residents we decided to establish a dense shrubbery of native species that will screen them from view again.  These should grow well with more light now available.

A bit snowy on Feb. 9th for solo fieldwork this week, so spent some time creating a display of what we have done so far in 2021. At least the dual-carriageway path for passing with safe social distancing seemed to be working well earlier. Good use of 30 bags of gravel.

Dual-carriage way path makes comfortable safe social-distancing passing easier.

On the 23rd Jan. Malcolm bought 10 bags of gravel to create a dry strip for walkers on either side of the main path. He hopes this will mean less folk trample on the snowdrops beside the path. Photos below show what was done.

It was nice to see the snowdrops in the wooded area away from the path were doing well on January 22nd. Sadly though the combination of social distancing and prolonged rain has resulted in hundreds being damaged badly by trampling on either side of the main path at the Little Hob Moor end.

We were disappointed to see the felling of may trees and shrubs immediately adjacent to the northern end on the site managed by MCT, east of the path. This is behind the 20-23 Hob Moor Terrace homes in an area leased to No 22. Sadly, apparently the adjacent home owners were not given a chance to object.