The Finemere Wood volunteers were out on the hottest day of the year as the annual cutting of all things grassy began.
Along the rides and in the meadows, grasses reach thigh height as they approach the end of their flowering period. Most flowers, too, are moving on from their days of glorious beauty to the important task of seed development and dispersal.
It is now that these grassy areas are cut, to prevent the encroachment of scrub and to keep competitive plants under control. The result is a diverse array of delicate wild flowers. This is what we see in Finemere Wood, as, year on year, the flowers are are more varied and more plentiful.