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Tuesday, August 7th 2012

After the storm on Sunday many of the stone footpaths were damaged. Work was carried out by volunteers to replace washed out stone in several different places. Firstly on the moorland.

Moorland

With twenty people helping out, the work was soon completed.

Footpath repairs

The group then split down into several smaller groups. The 'wet' team removed Crassula helmsii (New Zealand Pondweed) from a pond in the scrapes. This is an invasive non-native species that is gradually being removed by hand. The coracle proved to be immensely useful!  Ann and Elizabeth checked for another invasive species Himalayan Balsam and were delighted to find that it has been eradicated completely from the site thanks to their work in previous years. Meanwhile, two dedicated volunteers continued to pull out thistles on the wetland!

Pond maintenance

The 'Slasher' team headed off to the woodland armed with strimmers and slashing tools to target the bracken.

The Slashers!

The 'Weedies' cleared out the scrub from the Beech hedge along the access road.

The weedies!

Hugh discovered that the best way was to climb inside amongst the plants!

Weeding

Here is the 'after' photo!

Beech hedge

Butterfly transects and photography were also undertaken by volunteers. A vast amount of work was achieved today;  thanks to everyone for your time and effort.


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