Under his guidance, we help to manage and maintain the site, through varying tasks. All are welcome, there are tasks to suit all abilities. Students undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh or Welsh Baccalaureate Community awards are welcome.
In the winter, we tackle the hedges and undergrowth (before the nesting season begins); we also work on the drainage channels beside the paths, to prevent them from being flooded. We celebrate the end of the year with mince pies and mulled wine in December!
In the spring, we help to maintain the paths before the vegetation really starts to grow again. Sometimes we lay alder matting and wood chips to improve the paths; We also sow wildflower seeds in suitable areas and sometimes we plant new plants in appropriate places.
In the summer its a question of continuing to cut back from the paths, possibly painting the wooden structures such as the kissing gates and fences. We also plant new trees occasionally. At the end of summer we hold a hay rake in the meadows beside Cardiff High School. This is to allow the wild flowers to flourish in the meadows. This is usually a popular occasion and we celebrate the collecting of the hay with cider and welsh cakes.
In the autumn we attempt to weaken the bracken which encroaches on some areas, by bracken bashing. We prune the fruit trees in our orchards and do what we can to tidy up the site for the winter. We also undertake litter picks and stream clearing from time to time.
The dates of the workdays for 2020 are as follows:
26th January, 23rd February, 29th March, 26th April, 31st March, 28th June, 19th July, 30th August
27th September, 25th October, 22nd November and 13th December. More information on where to meet and so on will be published on the website and the noticeboards nearer the time.