Gillotts Corner Field is a large,
reasonably level grassy open space on the S.W. outskirts of Henley.
It abuts Greys Road and is crossed diagonally by a public footpath.
There is a line of mature pines, mainly Scots with a few Corsican,
along the W. boundary. Along the S. boundary are several large oak
trees and an overgrown hedge. The field also contains a few, individual
mature oak trees.
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
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