A Mild Winter Worky Day
Sunday, December 8th 2019
Compared to last year's December Winter Worky Day, this year was very mild. There was a fantastic turnout with plenty of keen and willing volunteers.
The task was to clear Gorse from the moorland as it had almost taken over the land adjacent to the Bluebell bank. Thanks to Ian and his chainsaw, light work was made of the larger trunks and progress was quick.
With so much unwanted Gorse, the only way forward was to burn it. Although it burns well, it always creates an alarming amount of smoke!
So much so that Gerry had to inform the guard room as it was blowing in their direction!
It was hard work battling against the wind and dragging the cut brash to the fire.
As the day went on so the distance to carry the spiky branches increased. A bridge crossing and several canine 'helpers' made life even more difficult!
The only time when the dogs were not in the way was when they were distracted by food!
They weren't fussy either!
By the end of the day, the moor looked very different and one of the moorland streams was once again visible from the path.
The removal of the Gorse cover revealed several interesting finds such as this ancient Willow tree…
...some Hart's Tongue Fern…
...and finally, some fascinating White Brain fungus.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to achieve this huge job, it wouldn't have been possible without you. A reminder that Winter Worky Days at Foxglove are family friendly and the next one will be on the 4th January.
These events are fun and free however, booking is essential as a hot meal is provided in return for your efforts. Further details can be found on the events page.
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