In winter, this area was cleared of dogwood scrub by www.wolstonbury.com [F of W] to encourage dozens of pyramidal orchids to thrive.
Emerging orchid rosettes were then subsequently trampled by horses, walkers and vehicles. The ground was compacted. Conservation hero Will, above, pointing out damaged orchid rosettes.
Responsible people keep strictly to paths and bridleways, walk in the mud and allow plants and spring flowers like rare native orchids to thrive.
So hard was the soil that the spikes of a temporary string fence could not be driven into the ground even with hammering with a brick. Click to expand this picture to see orchid rosettes next to the plastic post, which would otherwise have been destroyed by now.
F of W erecting a new chestnut fence around the dew pond prior to pond reinstatement after damage to the clay lining and drying out.