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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 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…

Two of my former colleagues from the RSPB Rainham Marshes reserve in Purfleet visited us at Little Belhus today.
It was a great opportunity to show them around, and hear their ideas and views of the site. As land managers for wildlife…

Two members of the borage family - green alkanet (obviously the blue one...!) and common comfrey (white) growing side by side next to the path. 
 
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The trees around the fishing lake are looking spectacular, being in full 'bloom' at the moment. The photo shows the spiral red catkins of a poplar tree. Catkins are the type of drooping petal-less cluster of flowers that many trees produce. This…

You won’t find hundreds of empty Fosters cans strewn about! This is because we had Thurrock probation service in carrying out their community payback.  They spent most of the day litter picking, after spending the morning planting and caring for…

We recently held two volunteer planting days on October 26th and on November 9th. The area the volunteers were planting was in the North Field which we aim to partially open to the public in autumn 2014.
Our thanks go to the Beavers and…

Friday 13 September  - Members of the Little Belhus Stakeholders’ Group undertake a tour of the site to see how the Little Belhus Country Park is developing.
 

Here at Little Belhus we are enjoying the good weather we have had for the past few weeks. It does, however, mean that the roads become dustier as they dry up. To mimimise the dust we are intermittently spraying the roads with water. 
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The weather was lovely, sunny and warm for our working party on the 29th June. The time was spent moving large stones from an area that will become rough grassland into some piles of reptile hibernacula. The hibernacula consists of piles of tree…

During June and July a lot of progress has been made on site. We have for example dug the water vole trenches in…