Loose Amenities Association
Loose Amenities Association

Meadow Management

Description of our aims to manage the meadow part of the valley

LOOSE AMENITIES ASSOCIATION

Land Management Sub Committee

Meadow Management 2019/2020

 

The map on a separate page details the meadow areas.

 

 

Meadow

Description

Aim

Maintenance

 

Limekiln

Meadow

Mainly grassland with Riparian areas. Bramble patches next to Limekiln shaw  with paths.

Un-managed Willow area

Lightly grazed meadow – low maintenance

Year round grazing if required and manual brishing of bramble edges.

Bockingford end requires manual cutting of grassland.

Footpath clearing

 

Hopkiln

Meadow

Mainly grassland with Riparian areas. Bramble edges next to Hopkiln shaw

 

Lightly grazed meadow – low maintenance

Year round grazing if required and manual brishing of bramble edges on as required basis. Footpath maintenance not required

 

Roys

Meadow

Mixed woodland and meadow currently overgrown meadow

 

Open woodland  throughout except for Little Ivy end

 

Heavy clearance required.  Footpath/vehicle track to be kept open.

 

 

Rainbow

Meadow

Mainly wildflower meadow with long Riparian area. 

Amenity area in creation along stream edge.

Thickets – natural and planted. Steep dry bank at Penfold hill end. 

Stand of Alders streamside.  Woodland edge with dry hedging and planted shrubs

Perennial wild flower meadow

 

Hard winter grazing (Oct to Apr).  Selected areas to be cut and raked, areas rotated on yearly basis.

 Planting around Alders with vigorous perennials to compete with nettles. 

Clearing of public footpaths and  circular path through Kirkdale end. 

Steep bank clearance once or twice a year.

 

 

Sheep population

Current grazier, Joe Cain 

Approximately 20 at current time, 5 owned by Pip Terry

Plan is to have 15 owned by Pip Terry to be present on a permanent basis

Registered office:

 

Loose Amenities Association,

Springdale,
Church Street,
Loose, Maidstone,

ME15 0BX

General enquiries: 01622 743676
E-mail: info@loose-amenities.org.uk

 

 

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