Funges Meadow makeover

Funges meadow volunteers

Funges meadow volunteers

Funges Meadow has had a makeover. On Monday 29th June, Tuesday 30th June and Wednesday 8th July, a small number of RTW volunteers, along with numerous corporate volunteers, turned up at Funges Meadow Nature Reserve to help with tasks organised and supervised by the Chiltern Rangers to improve this riverside reserve. On the Monday and Tuesday afternoon only sessions, most of the RTW input was devoted to pulling massive quantities of Indian Balsam, which although not adjacent to the river, was near enough to become a problem in future, unless dealt with prior to seed dispersal. On the final all day session, the RTW volunteers helped with a major task of narrowing the stream bed alongside Bowden Lane to speed up the flow and, by doing so, to disperse the deep layer of silt on the riverbed. The task involved creating a mid stream barrier of brush cuttings and fixing it in place with posts driven into the stream bed and wiring in thicker tree branches to prevent the brush cuttings being swept away.”
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