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Work party sessions 2020: January - June
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Sunday 8th March: thanks to Paul Arthur for this report
We had a very successful and very well attended work party, with 22 people turning out to brave the showers and cold wind. Despite all that, several important jobs were completed, and we are now back up to date following our cancelled work party in February. Jobs completed were:
  • Cutting back the brambles behind the pond, and some piled at left hand end to deter people from walking behind the pond
  • The drowning bins have been relocated about three feet behind the compost bays, on a wooden surface. This will allow easier access to the compost bays from behind. The soil that was removed to level the surface was used to ‘bury’ the dilapidated wooden seat that had previously been removed from close to the Tom Putt apple tree
  • Weeds removed from along all of the cordons and espaliers. Also some weeds and chard were removed from around the Lord Lambourne and Bardsey Island apple trees
  • The whole of the meadow area and all the tree circles were mown
  • Grass and brambles were trimmed back from around the hazels at the top southeastern corner of the orchard
  • A start was made on weeding the bog garden
  • The hawthorn in the wildlife area was trimmed back
  • The hedge between the allotments and wildlife area was trimmed down
  • Some very useful compost turning. The middle bay was emptied (mostly into bay number two), and others turned and spread between bins two and four, incorporating some freshly mown grass cuttings.

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Sunday 12th January: thanks to Paul Arthur for this report
We had a very successful work party yesterday with an excellent turnout of 20 people. The weather was dry, with some sunshine, rather windy but very mild. Achievements included:
- Tree pruning. The two apple trees nearest to the gate into the wildlife area were pruned. Several tree team members helped, aided by a briefing and training from Christine
- Further weeding of the pollinator bed
- Some further trimming of the hedge between the orchard and allotments, this time reducing the height to ‘fence height'
- Compost management: bay 1 was transferred to bay 2, bay 5 transferred to bay 4, and the remainder to bay 2. Bays 1 and 5 are now empty
- Some wooden debris (prunings etc) was burnt on a bonfire, though this had been very reluctant to get going, so not much was burnt!
- The bird boxes were cleaned out
- A branch of the sycamore that was just below the bat box was removed to allow easier access for the bats
- Some preparation for Wassail, logs sawn up for the firebowl, some garlands made, and 15 areas of dog poo were cleared up!
- A chiffchaff was spotted in the wildlife area.
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