Raking up fun in Bletchley

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Hay that’s fun! Bletchley residents team up with Bletchley Council officers, local conservation volunteers The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and transport firm TCV last month, and together transformed Chepstow Local Park with some much needed hay raking.

This is the fifth year that residents and TCV have supported this event in Chepstow Park. In certain areas of the park grass is left un-mown until this time of year to allow wildflowers and rarer grasses to grow; it is crucial to their continued survival that the grass is cut and removed from the site once a year at this time as wildflowers thrive in nutrient poor soils.

Ed Green, senior projects officer from The Conservation Volunteers, said: “This is a good example of people and groups from the local community coming together and doing something practical to help the management of important green spaces for wildlife.

“The wildflower meadows at Chepstow Local Park also provide good habitat for frogs and toads, whilst the wildflowers support butterflies and bees too. We all have fun whilst we’re there and we get some good exercise at the same time.”