Published on May 22nd, 2013 | by Steve Budden0
Update from the Commons
The drier conditions have allowed us to repair the ground down at Brighton Lake, where we have put in 75 metres of new drain in three runs, with nine tonnes of shingle around it. It certainly did the trick and within a week we were able to put the power harrow across the area and get the new seed down. Our excellent digger driver, who put the new drainage in, also found time to re-open the old drainage system on the Terrace Walk that we cleared behind the pond this winter, and we re-seeded the path at the same time. We have also put down all the under-soil mesh at the side of Harmony St and landscaped the soil there. We have put the new grass seed down as well but I can see that we may struggle to get the grass growing well. Ironically, after all we have gone through, what we need on the very sandy soil at Harmony St is regular spells of damp weather to help it germinate.
This is one of the loveliest times of the year as everything emerges. This years prolonged cold, wet period in early spring has jumbled things up a bit, with many plants emerging all together and trying to catch up. Although this is doubtless causing difficulties for some birds in getting their nesting timings right, it is giving us an unusually dramatic display, with blackthorn, wild garlic, celandine and bluebells all out at the same time.
The first ducklings are swimming on Brighton Lake, I have heard several Cuckoos and there are Swallows and Martins hunting over local ponds. As ever, if you want more information, or want to find a map of the Commons, just go to www.twcommons.org