Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Duck Race

This weekend there was a Duck Race in Carding Mill Valley in aid of Stretton Climate Care. It was a great day for it and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.


TTF taken on Dr Motts

This Tuesday our Tuesday Task Force (TTF) went down Dr Motts road cleaning out drainage channels. It's important to keep these channels clear to keep water off the path which in turn prevents iceing over and erosion.


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Planting

With the garden all set up, planting has begun. In the poly tunnel we now have tomatoes, peppers, chillies and cucumbers. Outside we have planted some herbs including sage, chives and corriander, and in the raised beds we have planted lettuce, spinach, radishes and still have some strawberry plants from previous years. Hopefully over the next few months these plants will supply a plentiful amount of food to our tearoom.




Special Thanks to Volunteer John Worrell for all the work that he has put into getting the garden ready, the poly tunnel especially would not be up and ready without him.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Progress in the Kitchen Garden

The kitchen garden has moved on by leaps and bounds in the past couple of weeks, the new poly-tunnel has been completed after waiting for the right weather to be able to put the plastic covering on, and seeds have be planted in the raised beds. All produce from the garden will go into the tearoom to be used in various recipes there. 




Thursday, 9 April 2015

Easter at Carding Mill Valley

Learning officers Malcolm (left) and Chris running the Easter Egg Trail.



The sun was out on Easter weekend and with it came many visitors to Carding Mill Valley. Throughout the weekend National trust properties across the country were providing Easter egg trails with the prize at the end being an Easter egg and Carding mill was no different. On Bank holiday Monday the Valley filled with people most of whom tried out our new and improved ice cream kiosk, which seemed to go down really well.
Visitors queuing for Ice Cream

Running out of Parking!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Shooting box

National trust, English Heritage, Natural England and Shropshire Council have finished work to protect The Shooting Box Disc Barrow and a nearby Bowl Barrow .The plan was to close the origional route and reinstate the bridleway (Definitive Line) that runs parallel, 50 metres to the East, outside the Scheduled Area. 
The new route runs 450 metres from Shooting Box car park in a North/Easterly direction to join the Portway.  The route is surfaced with crushed stone topped with dust, to about 2 metres in width.  A short stretch of drainage will be undertaken at a low point along the route to prevent water damage in the future.  The current surface material was scraped off and used to restore the existing route through the Barrows.

The original path.

First layer of stone on new path.

The finished project.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Volunteer training day - Geology walk

Today Chris Stratton (Learning Officer at Carding Mill Valley) led a geology walk for National Trust, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Community Wildlife Group volunteers. We started off at Carding Mill Valley, walking down the valley to look at Stretton shail and then walked up the valley looking at the other layers of rock including; Buxton rock and synalds.


We walked up to the reservoir to look at very early fossilised organisms, once believed to be fossilised raindrops but recently organic matter was discovered within them. Then we headed to Wenlock Edge where we looked at the strata and fault lines in Knowle quarry.


Before heading to look at the old lime kilns and learning about burning limestone and charcoal making and walking to Lea quarry to look at fossils.

 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Volunteer Training Day Bird Walk

Last Thursday we had an introductory bird identification training day for volunteers. It was led by Pat who told us all about the species we could find on the Long Mynd throughout the year.  



It was glorious weather and we walked up to the reservoir to search for birds before heading onto the top to Pole bank looking for bramblings. Pat was a brilliant enthusiastic teacher and everyone enjoyed the day.




Monday, 16 March 2015

Sheep Counts

A couple of weeks ago National Trust staff and volunteers checked the whole of the Long Mynd in order to count the sheep. The Long Mynd is mostly common land where about 15 farmers have the rights to graze their sheep, however in the past the Mynd has suffered from over grazing so in order to protect the area grazing has to be controlled and the number of sheep limited. To monitor the numbers the National Trust undertakes a sheep count a few times every year.


Hebridean Sheep

Carding Mill Valley has its own collection of sheep used for conservation grazing, recently Rangers had the fun job of trimming their feet (without getting a horn in their side). These sheep can live for about 12 years and need some careful pampering every now and then.