Sometime last year a group of Countryside Volunteers, who assist the County Council with conservation projects, planted a wildflower patch in our town. Last autumn another group of us spent several mornings weeding it, because quite a lot of unwanted species had come up. It looked very colourful over the summer with cornflowers, corn cockles, corn marigolds, ox eye daisies, mayweed, black knapweed, scabious, ragwort and others I can't remember. It is quite brown and dead-looking now and I wonder whether it should be cut and raked soon, as it is nearly November. I know Monty Don mowed his wild flower patch some weeks ago, but remember that he gave up trying to do the job with shears! The trouble is, the Council has lost its ecologist and other members of staff recently, so the remaining paid workforce are stretched. There are still some willing volunteers, but we need advice please.