Monthly Archives: September 2023

Grass Cutting Time

It’s amazing isn’t it?…. Everyone knows how to cut the grass….you wait until it gets long and then get out the lawn mower and cut it. Simples!!

Well, not really. In fact it’s quite a complicated business as anyone who has left some of their lawn uncut during the past year or two knows . The uncut grass grows long and becomes much more attractive to all sorts of wild life, mostly insects and butterflies. It also sets seeds. However if the grass is then cut and left to rot down,  the wild flowers may find the soil becomes too fertile for them to thrive. If on the other hand the grass cuttings are removed, there is a good chance that all the seeds will be removed with the cut grass, so no new plants will germinate!

Anyway, anyone who has been reading these posts over the past few years knows that we have a grandly named ‘MOWING REGIME’ on Miss Whalley’s Field with different bits of the Field designated for mowing at different times over a period of years. This plan has been drawn up by our resident expert Richard,  in consultation with our friends at the Council (who actually do the mowing for us).

Mowing time is here so, weather permitting, you may see  the Council’s Amazone mower buzzing around the Field in the next few weeks. We thought everyone would like to know what is happening, so here is a map of the areas designated for mowing this autumn. As you will see, Areas ‘A’ and ‘D’ are scheduled to have a haircut this year. Just click here……


So don’t be alarmed; it is all part of the long term plan to make the Field as nature-friendly and attractive as possible. It will also make it much easier to put in further plug plants, so watch this space!


Bonfire Night Cancellation

We have been advised by the Gregson Festival Group that they do not have sufficient funds to run the usual Bonfire Night on Miss Whalley’s Field, so if you were hoping to come along, you will have to make other plans!

This tradition that has been going on for many years, but fireworks are very expensive and there simply isn’t the money.

For the future, if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help fund this event, then do contact the Gregson Festival Group via Facebook.


It’s Apple Festival Time! Saturday 30th Sept 2-4pm

OK, OK, Don’t worry; the Committee has not gone rogue and started up an apple business on the Field. However the annual Apple Festival at Christ Church is nearly upon us and as…..

a) We have some apple trees

b) Apple Festivals are always good fun 

c) It’s a great community event and we have a stall to tell people about our work on the Field

d) We like to support Rev. Carol, as she always supports us when we need her…. 

Everyone is Invited!

As you can see, there’s a prize for the best apple-based baked product (so even if you haven’t grown the apples yourself, get baking!).

If you have surplus apples from your own trees then bring them along for juicing and make your own delicious apple juice or even scrumpy. (There is a rumour that the Chairman’s scrumpy recipe includes paracetamol – we cannot imagine why!).

Even if you don’t have any apples of your own, come along and marvel at the variety of this great British fruit. More than 2,500 varieties are said to have originated in Britain. We cannot promise so many at Christchurch but there are almost bound to be some weird and wonderful apples that you haven’t ever seen before. 

Come along and support this great annual community event – see you there!