Management plan for Church Hill

Site coordinator : Ed Howard

Overview: The area at the top of the hill, outside the church perimeter wall, by the benches and around the war memorial is an important public access area with splendid views along the length of the common. The hill itself has the potential to be a quality wildflower meadow given appropriate management over a few years.

Management in 2015: The 2 sides of the drive and the public access area at the top of the hill will be kept cut throughout the growing season.  The commons trustees have a contract with a landscaper to do this.

The wildflower meadow on the hillside will be left uncut until an appropriate date in the summer (to be determined by Ed) and then cut by the contract landscaper. As in 2013 and 14 the cut hay will be raked off and removed by the conservation group. Raz will again “theme” this to make it a social event as well as getting the work done! The Alexander’s growing by the roadside was cut in late spring/early summer and will need to be cut each year before seeding to stop it becoming dominant.

A few bales of hay from Stubbs Green (which is a well established old hay meadow) were spread on the hill in autumn of 2014 to help extend the variety of native, local plants via seed (with some success – yellow rattle is now established). The possibility of putting sheep on the hill in the autumn will be considered.