Joanne invited one of East Lothian Council’s Countryside Rangers, Sam Ranscombe, to visit the Glebe and meet some of the action group. She visited on the 8 January 2015 and there was a good discussion about what the project had achieved so far. This has included a litter pick and clearance, putting on the cattle and applying for trees from the Woodland Trust. We then moved on to discuss the plans for the Glebe and how Sam might be able to support the project.
We talked over ways of managing and developing a meadow including the different grazing habits of different animals – sheep, pones, goats (Sam takes care and manages some of the grazing by ponies on North Berwick and Traprain Laws) and topping off/scarifying. The outcome of this will largely depend on whether the school takes on an area for animals.
We outlined our current plan for an area for a community garden, a peaceful/contemplative area, a wetland area and a meadow. How we want to encourage biodiversity and to have a green space where all can enjoy and observe nature/wildlife. We talked about the importance of involving the whole community in the project, and especially including children and the school.
Sam was able to tell us of similar projects, how we could tap into the ranger service and the help they can provide. She has proved to be an excellent resource. She has already been in touch with Iain Devereux to discuss their involvement. She has found us a supply of bark chippings, has offered help in terms of organizing litter picks and parties of volunteers, informed us about the Keep Scotland Beautiful ‘Clean up Scotland’ litter campaign and Scotland’s Nature Festival 2015 campaign. She has encouraged us to contact Stuart MacPherson the Council’s Biodiversity Officer, Andrew Hogarth the Area Amenity Officer and Mike Foy the Tree Officer.
Sam will be a great help to the project!