Works Completed
Ilketshall St. Andrew & St. John

A County Wildlife Site and area of historic importance

Works Completed

  • 2022
  • 30th June. Routine maintenance strimming around selected access points, bench seats, pond fronts and information boards.
  • 18th June. Third cut of permissive paths.
  • 25th May. Second cut of permissive pathways.
  • 17th May. Routine maintenance strimming around selected access points, pond fronts, information boards and benches in accordance with the Management Plan.
  • 1st May. First cut of permissive pathways.
  • 18th April. Overwintered areas of grass cut.
  • 13th April. Replacement timber pedestrian access posts and boards installed on Blacksmiths Common and Peardyke Common.
  • 7th January. Hedge gapping up/planting completed at the West end of Great Common South. Image in Gallery
  • 2021
  • 22nd December. Locking security post replaced on Holdens North.
  • 22nd December. Works undertaken on drainage ditches at Holdens Common North and South to help solve the flooding of Great Common Lane.
  • 21st December. Drainage grips and ditch improved at Blacksmiths Corner.
  • 16th December. Little Common. Work on clearing overgrown drainage ditch.
  • 7th December. Locking security post replaced on Blacksmiths East.
  • 26th October. The work of clearing the fallen tree on Blacksmiths Common completed by volunteers.
  • 19th October. Blacksmiths Common. Volunteers made a good start on clearing another fallen tree with the brash taken to the bonfire site.
  • 12th October. Mill Common. Work on fallen tree completed.
  • 7th October. Volunteers started to clear the fallen tree on Mill Common.
  • 1st October onwards. Scheduled maintenance of some roadside ditches and the planned management of selected hedgerows and scrub undertaken.
  • 28th September. Approximately 20% of the wetland area on Little Common cut down in line with Suffolk Wildlife Trust recommendations.
  • 10th September. Permissive pathways cut for 6th time this season.
  • 10th September. The Mardle grass surrounds were flailed.
  • 24th - 27th August. The species rich grass of Mill Common and Holdens Common North were cut and baled.
  • 23rd August. Routine maintenance strimming around selected access points, bench seats, pond fronts and information boards.
  • 7th August. Fifth cut of permissive pathways.
  • 5th August. Grass surrounds at The Mardle flailed.
  • 1st August. Locking access posts replaced on Little Common East.
  • 14th July. Start of the annual hay/silage cut of the commons.
  • 9th July. Permissive pathways cut for fourth time this summer.
  • 5th July. The grass surrounds of The Mardle were flailed.
  • The previously installed bench on Great Common North was removed.
  • 9th June. Third cutting of permissive pathways.
  • 9th June. Bench seat installed on Great Common North.
  • 20th May. The permissive grass paths were cut for the second time this season.
  • 10th May. Routine maintenance strimming around selected access points, pond fronts, information boards and benches.
  • 1st May. First cut of permissive pathways.
  • 18th April. Overwintered areas cut.
  • 16th February. Overgrown pathway cut back on Great Common. Image below in gallery
  • 7/8th January. Maintenance and repair work to security bunds and drainage ditches completed at Holdens Common North, Little/Peardyke Commons and at The Mardle. Images below
  • 2020
  • 25th November. Volunteers finished job of cutting sallows and saplings at Becks Green.
  • 18th November. Saplings and sallows cut out by volunteers at Becks Green.
  • 4th November. Sallows along Great Common Lane and School Road cut and treated by volunteers.
  • 28th October. Volunteer work party cut sallows.
  • 22nd October. Bench seats have been installed by volunteers on Mill Common, Great Common South and at Becks Green.
  • 2nd October. Fifth and final cut for the year of permissive pathways.
  • 1st October onwards. Scheduled maintenance of some roadside ditches and the planned management of selected hedgerows and scrub undertaken.
  • 8th - 10th September. The species rich Commons were cut, baled and taken off.
  • 1st September. Routine maintenance strimming around specific access points, pond fronts, information boards and benches.
  • 1st September. A section of the wetland area on Little Common cut in line with Suffolk Wildlife Trust recommendations.
  • 22nd August. Fourth cut of permissive pathways.
  • 22nd July. Trial harrowing undertaken today as detailed in Management Plan.
  • 21st July. Annual hay cut completed with Blacksmiths Common cut and baled.
  • 30th June. Routine maintenance strimming around specific access points, pond fronts, information boards and benches.
  • 15th June. Pond surveys carried out.
  • 8th June. Third cut of permissive pathways.
  • 14th May. Second cut of permissive pathways.
  • 13th May. Routine maintenance strimming around selected access points, pond fronts, information boards and benches.
  • 13th May. Targeted spot spraying for thistles on Great Common.
  • April. First cut of permissive pathways.
  • The overwintered uncut areas were cut and baled at the end of April.
  • 2019
  • Volunteers cleared along Great Common Lane between the village sign and Hawthorn Farm.
  • Grass flailed at The Mardle.
  • Grass strimmed when required around selected pond fronts, benches and information boards.
  • Permissive pathways kept cut between April and September.
  • Volunteers made and installed oak benches on Peardyke Common, Blacksmiths Common and Great Common South.
  • Access points strimmed in readiness for hay cut.
  • Volunteers cleared overhanging and dangerous trees along Tooks Common Lane.
  • Annual hay cut started on 1st July.
  • High species late cut completed August.
  • Flailing and hedgerow management commenced late October.
  • Volunteers replaced all seven of the information boards at various locations.

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