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Welcome to the Rural Arisings Blog.Take a look at what we have achieved at the Belhus & Cranleigh sites

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A great big thanks to all the volunteers who helped plant over 800 trees this week
We have created a new mixed hedgerow full of blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, rowan, oak, field maple and silver birch.

Lovely Lynne from ASDA Living Thurrock came and presented the Little Belhus Country Park Trust with a £50 cheque yesterday! This money will go towards buying native trees, as we are looking at planting around 3000 trees and shrubs this winter.…

The first of the paths have been put in place! The image in the photo shows the base of the path; this will be covered up with finings to make a smoother surface. This is a three metre wide tracks and will also be suitable for cyclists and…

The green hay from Langdon Hills finally arrived last week. Due to the heavy rainfall making the site thick with mud and slosh it turned up a little later than anticipated, so when it arrived there was a huge sigh of relief.…

Whilst out doing a reptile survey this morning, I happened upon a couple of wasp siders - much to my delight. The photo is of a female, they are pretty big being about the size of a 2p coin. The males are much smaller and sometimes provide a meal…

As part of the Coronation Meadows project in Essex, we are creating a wildflower meadow in partnership with the Essex Wildlife Trust. Before the seed source arrives we have a lot of work to do in removing the vegetation that has sprung up on the…

Poor quality but you can just make out a little ringed plover in the top right hand corner. A pair of these tiny wading birds were seen today having a lovely insect feast on the muddy banks of the lake in the North Field. They need the energy as…

We have a new information board in the South Ockendon Centre which will keep you updated with the latest on the project!

Our mute swan family have done a very good job of raising their chicks. The baby's are quite a decent size now and thus far all seven have survived. On the fishing lakes today we also saw a moorhen with chick, a little grebe, and a very…

We spent all day Friday wheelbarrowing bark chippings and shovelling them on the ground where we have planted our hedges. This has two functions. 1. It slows down the growth of weeds which could otherwise smother our newly planted tree whips and…

A very good day was had on Thursday, the last working day before the Easter weekend. Local volunteers offereed their help with planting a hedge in the North Field, and it was an enjoyable and productive day. A mixture of hawthorn, blackthorn,…

Each month we take samples of the landfill gas at a number of points both on and off site. This month however Dale and I were somewhat taken aback when we tried to sample this borehole near the Long Pond, just offsite. As we opened it, a swarming…