Saturday, 19 July 2014

Woodland Seeds

As part of the Amey Cespa grant the Trustees intended on purchasing a packet of Wildflower Meadow seeds. 

In November 2013 I was looking for information about creating meadow flower seed beds and needed to know the approximate size of the seed packets.   I was informed that along with the meadow flower seeds a packet of ‘Woodland Grasses’ had been mistakenly purchased.

At the AGM May 2013 I asked if/where the woodland grass seeds had been sown.   I was informed they had been planted ‘in the woods’.   I couldn't find any earth that looked recently turned, so on the 15th June I emailed the Chair and asked for an approximate location of the Woodland grasses.  I received no response.

The Trustees have written about the meadow flowers arising from the seeds and the bulbs they have planted, so why has there been no mention at all of the woodland grasses?    


I walked the dog round the Pightle this afternoon (19th July), I was surprised to see only one Trustee raking the recently cut grass.  It has been a hot day with the temperature at 26 degrees C.

As you can imagine raking is not a small job.   I have been involved in grass raking twice, along with 7-9 others; it is backbreaking work and takes all day.  Why on earth was only one trustee doing this job?  I did ask; the response was ‘you know how it is’.

Where were the other Trustees, why are they not involved?

Why have the Trustees not booked Community Payback to help, or paid for The Conservation Volunteers (formerly BCTV)? 

Friday, 18 July 2014


The mulch was removed from around the base of the Celebration Trees the day after putting the information on the St Neots Forum .

It is a shame that the mulch was only removed once I went public and that neither of the two Trustees present at the AGM 2014 had checked whether the verbal information they were given had any validity rather than dismissing it out of hand.  

Personally I would have been more impressed if the Trustees could have come forward with evidence refuting that which I presented.  At least it would have shown that things had changed and somebody was interested in researching good practice. 

It is frustrating when I give information in good faith and am ignored until I substantiate my viewpoint.