Club members cutting back scrub on the slopes of Butser Hill

Club members cutting back scrub on the slopes of Butser Hill

Two flying clubs operate on the slopes of Butser Hill. The Sky Surfers, made up of  hang gliders and paragliders and the Meon Valley Soaring Association who fly model gliders. Between them they represent some 400 members and operate over many other sites along the South Downs.

The clubs run several competitions throughout the season, and take part in the annual Festival of Flight in June, which is a showcase for their activities. 

Every winter club members gather on a Sunday to help tackling the scrub on the Hill. This is a perennial task, carried out by tractor and flail, by brushcutter, and on the steeper slopes, by hand. On this occasion the slope was on the southern side of the Hill, an area where the club members operate.

Club members break for lunch in front of a pile of cut Hawthorn

Club members break for lunch in front of a pile of cut Hawthorn

 A variety of tools were brought in on the day, including  loppers, bow saws and slashers. All were used to good effect and by the end of the day a huge pile of Hawthorn had been cut.

New members are always welcome. For more information please see the QECP web-site.

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