Environment Society

The Environment Society exists to create and maintain environmental projects in the village and to promote environmental awareness. The members are responible for maintaining the flower beds in the village, and the bird nesting boxes at the Gignog and in the Community Woodland. Several walks and excursions are organised each year.

The enthusiasts who help to keep the village flower beds and Community Woodland tidy are diminishing in number so if anybody out there is willing to help please get in touch with one of our members. Contact Dave Baster on 01437 710656.

Report May 2016

Two working parties in the Community Woodland during February allowed some catching up to be done on routine maintenance following the wet winter. With the help of BrawdyHayscastle YFC members a total of 61 volunteer hours were put in.

Early in March as small group of HES members went around all the village flower bed hoeing, weeding and fertilising before the show of spring flowers.

In mid-March villagers took part in a nationwide litter pick with the support of Keep Wales Tidy and Pembrokeshire County Council. Called ‘Clean for the Queen’ it was part of the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. A small but determined group met on 13th March at the Community Centre and following a photoshoot by PCC proceeded to pick up litter from 7 miles of road using the special purple bags provided. With Lee and Kathryn Wilkins and the Lewis family picking up litter the previous day to add to the collection a total of 16 bags were collected. If you dislike seeing litter by the roadside why not join one of our litter picks – it provides you with outdoor exercise, good company and a satisfied feeling of helping your community. Look out for the next date on www.hayscastle.com or see our new banner outside the Community Centre.

The next meeting of the Environmental Society will be held on the 3rd June at 7.30pm.

Grasshoppers

Generally 8-10 children attend each meeting. Recently they have concentrated on their vegetable beds with potatoes, carrots, peas and broad beans all in and starting to grow.

Before Easter they made bird nests using shredded wheat and melted chocolate – very nice.

The hedgehog house was checked for occupants before cleaning out and re-positioning. Lovely weather at one meeting enabled a bug hunt to be carried out with butterflies, bumble bees and a shield bug being found. For Mother’s Day they each decorated a pot and place a primrose in it. The leeks were all lifted and shared to take home.

Discussions and activities around weather records, types etc, the Big Garden Birdwatch and seed identification filled up the dark nights earlier in the year.

The field trip to see the starlings coming in to roost on Plumstone was blessed with a lovely calm, clear evening and the birds didn’t disappoint putting on a fine display overhead. Modern phone cameras enabled some to get excellent pictures and videos.

Next meetings from 4.30pm – 6.00pm:
13th June
27th June
11th July

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