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Trust get to work clearing nettles at Falcon Meadow

PUBLISHED: 21:19 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:19 31 May 2017

Trust members clearing the nettles at Falcon Meadow. Picture: Andrew Atterwill.

Trust members clearing the nettles at Falcon Meadow. Picture: Andrew Atterwill.

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A group of volunteers were out in force over the May bank holiday at Falcon Meadow.

Trust members clearing the nettles at Falcon Meadow. Picture: Andrew Atterwill.Trust members clearing the nettles at Falcon Meadow. Picture: Andrew Atterwill.

The 4.2 acre site lies between Bungay and Ditchingham and was taken over by the Falcon Meadow Community Trust three years ago, who secured the Waveney-side water meadow as a publicly owned amenity.

The trust has now declared war on the stinging nettles which currently blight the site, and the team got to work cutting them back and removing their cuttings for composting.

An Early Marsh Orchid at the meadow, which trust members are trying to protect. Picture: Andrew Atterwill.An Early Marsh Orchid at the meadow, which trust members are trying to protect. Picture: Andrew Atterwill.

A small army of over 40 trust supporters were involved in the task, which had to be conducted with care.

Falcon Meadow boasts floral delights such as the Early Marsh Orchid, whose preservation is as important as the nettle elimination.

The Trust, which aims to develop the meadow as recreational space and to improve its potential as a wildlife habitat, is now getting ready for its biggest public event - the third Great Bungay Duck Race on Sunday, July 9.

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