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Scything skills on show at Grantham park

Volunteers who attended a demonstration in the art of scything in Grantham soon put their new-found skills to the test.

The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park (FQEP) and Mark Schofield, of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, organised the demonstration of basic scythe handling skills lass Saturday before 10 volunteers set to work cutting and clearing nettles, thistles and hogweed from a section of the park’s Conservation Area.

The aim is to create an area that contains wildflowers suitable for the conditions. A group of nettles and other plants will be left under trees as shelter for amphibians and insects.

Scything in Queen Elizabeth Park, Grantham. (19818882)
Scything in Queen Elizabeth Park, Grantham. (19818882)

Secretary of FQEP Elizabeth Bowskill said: “During the scything a toad and frog were disturbed but unharmed. A mechanised implement such as a strimmer might have done more harm.

“If you missed this demonstration there will be future scything opportunities as the FQEP build a volunteer base that can nurture and improve the quality of the area.”

FQEP and South Kesteven District Council are working together to improve the park with a £21,000 Pocket Parks Plus grant from the Government, boosted by almost £9,000 in match funding from the council.

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