In the past the grass has been regularly
mown, mainly to control ragwort. In 2000, local people planted
a strip of 2000 native trees and shrubs close to the pines. The
grass between these trees was not mown and this allowed an attractive
selection of plants to flower there. As a result the Henley Wildlife
Group asked Henley Town Council to delay mowing part of the field
and this enabled many plants, including Pyramidal Orchids, to flower.
The problem of ragwort remains. We have tried hand pulling it but this has
only had limited success. This year, 2007, the Council agreed to spot weed
the ragwort in early summer and we followed this by hand pulling at the end
of June. This combined approach has considerably reduced the ragwort at the
far end of the field. The presence of so many wild flowers has encouraged insects,
including butterflies, and has made the field much more attractive both to
us and to wildlife.
The area is well used by local people, especially dog walkers, who generally
follow the path which runs around the perimeter of the field.
Plants in Gillotts Corner Field include:
Fox and Cubs