Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Thursday 12th May from 18:30 at the Cornfield

Shepherds Needle

Shepherds Needle

Unfortunately due to flooding combined with the late Spring and the resultant poor plant development there’ll be little seed to harvest this month so we’ve quickly revised the work schedule.

A tedious but important job which needs doing is to hand-weed horsetail in the Cornfield Flower strip. Wellies probably advisory due to damp and sticky nature of the land getting to it, and a trowel or small similar tool.

The attached photo is of the rare Shepherds Needle plant flowering in the Cornfield Flower strip. The story of the strip and its other flowers can be found here –

The Cornfield Flower strip is in the arable section of the Cornfield – meet at the gate to the Cornfield by the hard-standing down from the allotments.


PS The visit by Rachael Maskell MP and the discovery of a strange blue Tansy Beetle are on our FaceBook page


Month Sun Thurs Task
May 2016   12th Hand-weed horsetail in the Cornfield Flower strip.
      Thursday 12th or 13th daytime preparing bee bank (DD)
      Friday 20th daytime York Cares Team Challenge – bee bank
June 2016   2nd Clearing around tansy plants by Pond
  12th   FHT Invertebrate ID Course (numbers limited)
    16th Clearing around tansy plants by New Meadow
      20th – 26th June National Insect Week
July 2016     Sat 2nd July – National Meadows Day










Thursday evenings meeting at 18:30 onwards.

Volunteers are always welcome anytime to keep site safe, clean and secure.


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