One of the nicest GA days out recently was onto the hills for a photoshoot with a pony, a prop 'big heid' from one of Pope & Guthrie's old projects, a graffiti-ed truncheon and Adam. Sadly the project for which this memorable image was produced has been aborted - NOT - I must add - because of this picture...
We've received a fascinating detailed examination of the beautiful 1 hectare meadow that Lawson Park overlooks, from the Cumbria Hay Meadows project. There are 30 native plant species present apparently, but its steepness makes it unsuited as a formal seed-donor site for others trying to establish native meadows unfortunately, as equipment struggles on the slopes.
It's all a far cry from the downright ignorant complaint we had about the meadow after last year's NGS charity open day: "There were no wildflowers to be seen". Clearly a blindfolded visitor.
Anyhow, the report recommends:
• Manage the whole parcel for its floristic and habitat
interest, focussing on the species rich neutral grassland , tall
herb vegetation and small parcel of oak woodland.
• Re-instate a cutting and preferably grazing regime over the area.
• Sow the area of disturbed ground below the building with a suitable seed mix and manage with the rest of the herb rich neutral grassland sward.
You can read more about the Cumbria Hay Meadows Project here. Email us if you'd like to receive a copy of the whole report or if indeed you'd like some hand-harvested seed this summer, to start your own meadow.
..call us an "alternative folk art institution"
in this nice Guardian interview here
After a thoruoghly gruelling interview process we now have two interns to work at Lawson Park as we prepare for the grand opening. Sophie Perry is an archeologist/anthropologist/artist with a track record in 4wd driving and Matt Mattandross of Matt and Ross is an artist with a track record nailing things together. Welcome both and thank you to all who applied, we hope to have more opportunities soon - volunteers are always appreciated for heavy, medium and light dutues.
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