I decided to take the train to work yesterday and therefore had a pleasant twenty minute walk along the bridleway which runs the length of the estate where I live.

As I entered the lane, I noticed a rather curious artefact, attached to one of the posts to prevent motorbikes coming onto the path. The person who had put it there happened to walking his own dogs at the time I was walking to the train

and he explained that he was fed up of seeing the results of dog fouling in the area. So, now he hoped that dog-walkers would now have no excuse not to clear up the mess. Good for him!

Another surprise was seeing that the rhubarb field now had some kind of grain round the margins. Previously it had been more rhubarb and then it seemed to have been fallow, so I thought it had been set aside for nature.

The above photograph makes the grain look as though it covers a wider space than is in fact the case. However, perhaps the farmer felt it too much space to ‘waste’, especially as the field is next to the rewilding area I have spoken about many times on this blog.

Anyway, wildlife will presumably have been taking advantage of the allotment which was used as the site when I did the PDC design back in the summer of 2017. To my mind, it looked a lot prettier than the design my group had envisaged and I am glad that the colleague who is in touch with those who run the allotment took me there this lunchtime.

Our PDC design did feature rhubarb

Cat which visits the allotment

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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