I was encouraged by what I saw on my chilly afternoon walk into our local heathland yesterday afternoon. Regularly walking along the heathland tracks I’ve seen and photographed the growth of invasive vegetation, often saying to myself, “I must do something about it, and ask Surrey Wildlife Trust (managers of the heathland for Surrey Heath Borough Council) to clear the undergrowth to promote the wild flower flowerings”.
I saw that the vegetation in the verges on both sides of the heathland track, from Hangmoor Hill to Folly Bog, had been cut back. You might think it’s nothing important, I can assure you it’s vital to create the space for the flowering of the wild orchids (see my blog posts about them HERE) that grow in the trackside ditches.
The moral is, keep on believing Tim, heathland maintenance will happen. On my next walk I’ll check on the state of the invasive vegetation on the four bronze-age bowl barrows in Brentmoor Heath.
Here’s a photo of the track I took yesterday, showing the verges having been cut back.