News from Neil Winder for January 2017

  • Wordsworth Daffodils 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'

    07:48 19 January 2017
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe


    The beginning of the year always sees Wordsworth point being prepared for Daffodil season. After a summer of Bracken growth the area needs strimming and clearing to allow this year’s Daffodils a chance to grow through.

     



     

    This area is called Wordsworth point; because it is supposedly the spot that inspired William Wordsworth to write is famous poem ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’. Dorothy Wordsworth, Williams sister said in her journal that she had never seen ‘daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness & the rest tossed and reeled and danced & seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the Lake, they looked so gay ever dancing ever changing’.

     

    Every January before the bulbs have a chance to send up a shoot, the area is strimmed.

     




     

    This picture was taken on January 17 and already a few where beginning to appear from the undergrowth.

     



     

    As well as clearing the bracken and brambles it was decided this year that a bit of the natural regeneration would be cleared from the road side, to allow motorist the chance to see the daffodils as they are passing by.

     



     

    This involved cutting back any small sycamore that had started growing and clearing any hazel stands that had started to get out of control.

     



     

    This work has much improved the area and will hopefully allow some more light in to help the daffodils to flourish.

     

    If you are around Ullswater in spring, please go down and have a look at the colorful showing. Or even better pop into the welcome building at Aira Force car park to pick up a Daffodil walk that takes you along the lake shore finishing at Wordsworth Daffodils.

     


News from Neil Winder

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Area Ranger-Grasmere and Great Langdale.

Growing up in the Lakes naturally progressed to working in this beautiful area. After studying Countryside management at Newton Rigg College Penrith I spent time volunteering for the RSPB at Leighton Moss Silverdale. These experiences lead to employment with the National Trust whom I’ve been with for over 14 years now.
I’ve worked on the upland footpath team carrying out footpath repairs in the area and as Warden working on countryside estate work like walling, fencing and hedge laying.
As Area Ranger I’m Responsible for planning and coordinating general operations over 7800 Hectares of countryside portfolio.
I love the outdoors, getting out side in my work and also spending time walking with my family.
I’ve been known to enjoy bursts of trail running when my energy levels are high. I also have a passion for electronic music; I was a DJ for many years and hold a qualification in computer music production.

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