June and July this year were busy, especially with a continued focus on surveys, school activities and flower festivals - to say nothing of counting butterflies and meeting potential new groups! I’ve been out and about a lot, meeting with and supporting around 100 people through the different activities – and that’s just me. All of the community groups have had their own activities as well, working with their local volunteers.
The survey training that we started in April has really taken off with some community groups. Donkey Lane Community Orchard, in Chinnor, have now set up a team of volunteers who have taken on the site monitoring. At the last count, they recorded over 70 different plant species at the site. This is incredible, given that only a couple of years ago the orchard was swamped with brambles and nettles, and shows how opening up some space allows other plants to come through.