Meet opposite Bevendean School Heath Hill Avenue by the bridle path at 10.30 am.

This Sunday we will be working on a small bank we have been trying to keep clear for a long time, possibly wasting our time, but

thought we would have another try at clearing the brambles and  it may get grazed before too long.  Tools provided but bring strong gloves if possible.


Work Place

The third sunday in January means that it must be sheep poo collecting day on Bevendean Down. This is one of our annual rituals to help manage the chalk grass land in Hogtrough Bottom. The 150 or so sheep which were on the Reserve before christmas have eaten off a lot of the taller vegetation leaving a short sward so plenty of light can get to the new growth of many of the chalk loving plant species such as horseshoe vetch and pink centuary. After all that eating they did quite a lot of pooing but they helpfully do this mainly in one area. A group of us raked up and collected as much of this as possible and then Garry-the-ranger drove it down the valley in the council truck where we unloaded it onto the compost heaps of the Bevendean Community Garden. Hopefully this all adds to our aim of removing soil nutrients from the chalk grass land areas and adding to the soil nutrients in the community garden vegetable beds. A most enjoyable morning out on the downs, good company, fresh air and exercise and the satisfaction of a job well done.Muck RakingHappy Poo Pickers

On Sunday 16th November we will be working on the green at the end of Knepp Close clearing srcub and long grass. Meet on the site from 10.30 am.  Knepp Close is the first turning on the right up Norwich Drive.

On Sunday 21st December on the same site we will be doing some more clearing and then having a bonfire with baked potatoes, sausages, cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits etc.

The event will go ahead unless there is deep snow or torrential rain! Last year it rained quite hard but we still managed to enjoy ourselves. Most years it has been dry and sunny for this event. Sheltering from the rainRainingPotatoes and sausages

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