Environment: Restoring a site near Trintange was hard work but volunteers hope it will bear fruit… actually, flowers, explains Cathy Walsh.
It’s Saturday morning, 15 November in Luxembourg, the weather is typical for that time of year: grey and cold with a slight drizzle. I’m standing on top of a steep hill overlooking the fields on the outskirts of Trintange with a group of volunteers. The view is beautiful, the surrounding trees still have their autumnal foliage of dark reds, deep orange and gold interjecting with the green cultivated farmland.
This beautiful site has been owned by natur&ëmwelt for seven years and comprises about 400 acres. The situation of the site makes it ideal for the proliferation of wild flowers and there are some fine specimens of oak and maple trees on the hill. As the field has not been farmed for many years, it has been overrun by ash, sloe and hawthorn bushes which cuts off light reaching the ground, important for growing flowers.
Aside from the improved esthetic appearance of the cultivated site where you can clearly see the trees once the bushes have been cleared, you get the very real impression that the field is breathing again. Cultivating the site like this to encourage flower growth will extend the period of food for our erstwhile pollinators throughout the year.
There is a warm look of achievement on our by now mud-spattered faces as we stand and talk over a coffee and a croissant mid-morning. Three little chestnut ponies blend in well with our group. Their presence keeps the shrubs from growing back during the year. As the cold begins to invade our clothes we are eager to get back to the warmth of the bonfires and continue our work.
There is a satisfactory ache in my shoulders when we finally finish. I have spent all morning outside, exercising, with very friendly and welcoming people with whom I share a common passion, the environment and nature.
Cathy Walsh is a volunteer with the Bee Together group. If you would like to take part in our upcoming events on bees, beekeeping and pollinators, you can find information here, and you can join our mailing list here. If you are interested in events and activities for nature and the environment with natur&ëmwelt, please consult and download their Fit by Nature flyer here, and you can join their mailing list here.