The Marina’s annual landscape programme includes pulling Ragwort – a plant good for butterflies and bees but not good for a number of animals and inclined to spread quickly and become a nuisance unless controlled. The main part of the Marina was dealt with by Stuart and the team, so a group of Volunteers got to grips with South Field.
It was a hot and sunny Sunday in early August and armed with forks, gloves and fierce determination, the squad made a huge difference in a couple of hours. No cinnabar caterpillars were harmed in the Ragwort Pull and bees and butterflies had plenty of time to find another perch before their favoured plant disappeared. A few clumps on the very edges and margins of the field were left to host visiting insects.