Monthly Archive: November 2018

Autumn Litter Pick

Saturday, 3rd November 2pm.

Over 20 people came to help with our Autumn litter pick. It was great to see many of our regular litter pickers and also to welcome some new helpers. We covered a large area of the Wildspace and were reassured to find that there was less litter this time. We collected about 18 sacks, but not so many large items.

Tea and cake at the Sailing Club was appreciated and we thank Ely Sailing Club for allowing us to use the club house. Some of our litter pickers have registered as volunteers. Once again it was an enjoyable and successful day and a good way to get involved and meet others in the local community. Many thanks to everyone who helped.

Extending the wildflower meadow

In 2017 a plan was agreed between East Cambs District Council, the county Wildlife Trust and Ely Wildspace to extend the wildflower meadow on Ely Common. This was to be achieved by spraying off strips of the unimproved meadow, and after preparing the ground, sowing with seed collected from Chettisham Meadow nature reserve.

In July Ely Wildspace volunteers collected wildflower seeds from Chettisham Meadow, to add to the stock collected by staff  of the Wildlife Trust during the summer. In September the Wildlife Trust carried out the spraying, and Ely Wildspace volunteers cleared and raked the sprayed areas in preparation.

We are now pleased to say that the seed has been sown and our wildflower meadow will soon be much bigger. Who knows, we could soon have more orchids and butterflies…