The issue of muddy pathways at Paradise nature reserve has caused many a soggy pair of shoes. This week the matter was tackled by installing a slightly raised new path way. This new pathway spanned one of the worst muddy stretches in the reserve. Hopefully it will also serve to reduce the sideways spreading of the original path which was compromising the chosen growing area of the Butterbur (Petasites). Records of this plant’s presence on the site date back to the sixteen hundreds and it’s continued presence is highly desired! Problems began with the original route…

More marginal plants were being planted at Cherry Hinton hall pond by the Saturday volunteer group. With all the major work finished at the pond it’s now possible to get in there and make the final important smaller touches.Such as; extra plants to really boost the vegetation at the bank sides, creating woodland pathways, laying woodchips and generally having a good tidy up. All of this is helping to restore and enhance this beautiful site.  

The Saturday volunteer group worked very hard installing a ‘Brushwood mattress’ at The Rush stream on Sheep’s Green. The idea is that the brushwood collects passing silt and by doing so creates a narrowing of the channel. This narrowing increases the flow of water which in turn creates a faster more dynamic section of the stream, keeping the bottom gravel clear and oxygenating the water. Vegetation soon grows through the mattress helping to hold it all in place and offering an added habitat and shelter for fish and…