The gentle sloping meadow in Westley Vale Millennium Green was given its annual cut this week with local scythe-man Adam. To encourage the wild flowers to flourish it is important that the meadow is cut so that the flower seeds get a chance to germinate in the shorter grass and the dominant strong grasses and nettles don’t take over the meadow.
Adam arrived by bicycle from Kings Heath with scythe strapped to his back. Local peasants came out in force to collect the hay and try their hand with the scythe, which to keep effective, has to be sharpened every 5 minutes or so.
It was was hot day and hard work but after a break for a ploughman’s lunch and a glass of ale the folks had soon cleared the meadow of hay and Adam was on his way back to the Heath from whence he came. Thank you Adam for working so hard! We’ll see you next year!