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November 17, 2001 - Commons Day at Cadmore End
This was an event of the Chiltern Commons Network held at Cadmore End Village Hall and consisted of a morning of talks on the Archeology of Chiltern Commons followed by a walk around Cadmore End Common highlighting archeological features, particularly the old brick kilns to be found there.
Thanks to John Willson and Simon Fisher of Chilterns AONB for organising the day.
Much excitement was generated when it was discovered that Bucks County Council appeared to be intent on driving a road through the north end of the Common. It transpired that the works being undertaken were a refurbishment of the bridleway due the the boggy state that had developed making it extremely difficult to walk along. Complaints had been made to the Council and they therefore decided to make some improvements. The first DCPS were aware of it was when a walk round revealed the sights shown below - so much for consultation!.
A deputation from DCPS has met with Ian Burgess the Rights of Way officer who has promised to attend to most of our concerns as follows:
We will report on further developments as they occur.
November 2001 - Bonfire and Torchlight Procession
August 2001 - Grasscutting on the Common
During August 2001 the Society began a programme of cutting and removing the grass from the central area of the Common. The Management Plan has proposed that approx 80% of the grass be cut and removed each year on a rotational basis in order that the nutritional content of the soil is gradually depleted. This will encourage the growth of meadow flowers and discourage the coarser grasses, bracken, brambles and nettles.
Cutting the grass can easily be achieved using the tractor and flail. The problem is, how do we remove the cuttings? Last year, we attempted to rake the cuttings manually - a whole day's work with a team of people cleared just about 10% of the area cut. Clearly this was not going to be a practicable option!
For this year we have constructed a grass collection box made of wood that fits onto the back of the flail to collect the grass as it flies out of the back. After some experimental runs, this seems to work quite well and the following pictures demonstrate it at work.
There was a video clip on the site but this takes too much room so it was removed after a short display.