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Learn scything techniques at Fishponds Park this Saturday

Learn scything techniques at Fishponds Park this Saturday

Learn various scything techniques to help manage the meadow at Surbiton’s Fishponds Park. Kingston’s biodiversity officer Elliot Newton will be leading an introduction to scything at the park off Hollyfield Road from 10am on Saturday (22nd). This traditional way of cutting grass and managing hay meadows, minimises the impact on wildlife. Volunteers can also help

Learn various scything techniques to help manage the meadow at Surbiton’s Fishponds Park.

Kingston’s biodiversity officer Elliot Newton will be leading an introduction to scything at the park off Hollyfield Road from 10am on Saturday (22nd).

This traditional way of cutting grass and managing hay meadows, minimises the impact on wildlife.

Volunteers can also help improve paths, remove brambles and pick up any litter. Tools will be provided.

Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring your own hot drinks and snacks.

To sign up for the scything workshop or find out more about the Friends of Fishponds Park Action Day – which will run until 2pm – email fishpondssurb@gmail.com or elliot.newton@kingston.gov.uk

 

Pictured: Elliot, accompanied by Andy Robinson, community  development manager for idverde (Kingston council’s ground maintenance partner) pictured far left, led a scything workshop at Tolworth Court Farm Moated Manor last week. The scythers worked their way across the meadow in the 2.4 acre site off Old Kingston Road, skirting round the yellow meadow ant hills and preparing the nature reserve for the introduction of cattle in the autumn.

 

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