Many Hands Make Light Work

Sunday, November 13th 2011

Over thirty people joined in today's winter worky day (admittedly, 3 of these were out on an Autumn walk and were roped in)! Blog viewers and recent visitors will be aware that a small area of mature conifer plantation has just been clear felled. The last tree in this patch was cut down yesterday and so the clean up operation could well and truly begin! Tom and Emma began the day by re-siting bird boxes that had originally been in the plantation. Several bird boxes including an owl box were put up and some bat boxes too.

Bird box re-location

Meanwhile everyone else got stuck in to reduce the huge piles of Sitka Spruce brash. This area will be re-planted over the coming months and the brash needs to be removed first. Here is the 'before' photo.

Sitka brash

After last night's heavy rain, lighting a bonfire was no easy task.

THe trouble with fires…

There was soon 'bonfire rivalry' as each sub group tried to create the best fire. John and Trish were not short of fuel in this corner.

Ambition Corner

One sneaky way is to steal your neighbour's ash!

Stealing ash

Everyone worked really hard.

Burning brash

Having 'officially retired' Elizabeth took some time out to organise all of her extra free time! This occasion was celebrated with sticky buns at 3 o'clock along with other 'fancies' such as Adam's delicious 'parsnip and maple syrup' cake.

Retirement do

This incredible Fly agaric toadstool was found amongst the fir branches. A perfect specimen!

Fly Agaric

By the end of the day, the site was looking much clearer and it is possible to imagine the broadleaved saplings thriving in this spot. Here is the 'after' photo.

The 'after' photo

Well done everyone, thank you for all your hard work, see you on December 3rd?!

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