Happily for the nostalgic among us, it’s not just a folk memory. The TV series Poldark sparked a resurgence of interest after its handsome hero went shirtless for what became a very famous scene involving a scythe, a Cornish field, and some very suggestive camera-angles. Now the technique has taken centre-stage at College Green in central Bristol this year.
Back in April 2021, the College Green site was planted as a wildflower meadow by the team at Your Park Bristol and Bath, using wildflower plugs from Grow Wilder (Avon Wildlife Trust’s urban wildlife site) with the support of Avon Wildlife Trust volunteers. It was a real team effort, and the resulting explosion of colour on the site has given many thousands of passers-by – not to mention lots of pollinating insects - enormous amounts of pleasure since then.
The arrival of the equinox this week – when the day and night are equal in length – heralded the official start of autumn. It is important to cut this kind of site as the summer comes to end. Some people might find this surprising. It may feel that we are regularly urged to leave nature be, and let the wildlife do its own thing. The truth is more complicated, because when you are managing this kind of site, you need to create open ground for new seedlings to develop, and that means cutting the grass at the end of the summer. So, scythe in hand, that’s the task the team of experts and volunteers from Your Park and Avon Wildlife Trust took on at College Green last weekend.