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4 December 2012

Clearwell Meend

Grid Ref SO581087



A fine day to clear the lower part of Clearwell Meend. Contractors had been in the day before we arrived and had strimmed and cut a large area so it was up to us to burn off all the debris and to rake up the cut turf. We put the grass rakings in large piles as this might encourage grass snakes. The branches were burnt and more were cut around the edges.

There was a lot of Old Man's Beard at this site.








On our arrival we saw all this debris and soon got stuck in to clear it all.





Raking the cut turfs was hard work but essentail to do so that the grass was not clogged up with dead turf and the area could be ready for next year's flowers.






Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba) is a climbing shrub with branched, grooved stems, deciduous leaves, and scented greeny-white flowers with fluffy underlying sepals. The many fruits formed in each inflorescence have long silky appendages which, seen together, give the characteristic appearance of Old Man's Beard. The grooves along the stems of vitalba can easily be felt when handling the plant.

The flowers of this species are eaten by the larvae of moths including the V-Pug and the Double-striped Pug and the leaves by the Willow Beauty.


















































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