Working Days 2018

Sunday January 14th
We had a record turnout of 24 keen volunteers yesterday morning. The weather was ideal for working; cloudy, very little wind, and relatively mild. A very varied range of jobs were completed, and included:
Continued pruning of the fruit trees. A very important job for this time of the year. 50% of the trees done so far, the remainder being done during our February work party.
A more organic and interesting shape was agreed for the pollinator bed. More turf was dug up and black sheeting laid down to suppress weed growth.
Ivy was removed from the rear of the shed in the wildlife area. Some debris was cleared from around the shed too. The stack of chairs in front of the shed was rearranged to prevent easy access to its rear. This half of the wildlife area now looks much tidier.
Tree ties were checked for wind rock.
Some brambles were trimmed back in the bog garden area.
The bench in the wildlife area in front of the pond had become unsafe, so was dismantled and removed.
Some spent hops were collected from Palmers brewery.
The new shed site was marked out more accurately, and the area cleared of debris.
A bonfire was lit, and the pile of hedge clippings and other debris (including from behind the compost bays) was burned.
The laid hedge between the wildlife area and allotments was trimmed back and reduced in height.
(Thanks to Paul Arthur for this report: photos will be published when available)