Hampshire Conservation Volunteers

Hayling Billy, Hayling Island - Ragwort removal

Saturday, 11th August 2018 at 10am - 4pm

Location: Hayling Billy, Hayling Island, PO11 0LP. OS Explorer 120, Grid ref SU720040

When: Saturday 11th August
Where: Hayling Billy, Hayling Island, PO11 0LP. OS Explorer 120, Grid ref SU720040
Task:  Ragwort removal
Client:  Hampshire County Council, Countryside Service

Leader: TBA

This footpath, bridle path and cycleway runs along the eastern shoreline of Langstone Harbour, following the route of the former Hayling Billy railway.  It now forms part of the Shipwrights way, a long distance path which goes from Alice Holt Forest to Portsmouth Dockyard, symbolizing the transportation of oak from the forest for ship-building.  A more realistic route for timber would have avoided Hayling Island, either going by land onto Portsea Island or using a ship to get from Langstone to the dockyard.

The path is managed by Hampshire Countryside Service who also look after some adjacent fields and our task this week end will be to remove invasive ragwort, that can be poisonous to livestock and invading thistles that are swamping the other wildflowers.  We will also be cutting back some of the vegetation along the path

Meet at 10am in the car park on the right just after coming onto the island on the A3023, just before the Apple Green Petrol Station.

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