No Bales Today

Tuesday, August 8th 2017

Today started nice and sunny but sadly it did not last. The Tuesday volunteers split into two groups. Half went out bracken bashing by the Voley Pond, where the bracken had got almost above head height and was overshadowing everything else that was trying and failing miserably to grow. The other half of the team spent the day at Plover’s Pool field, removing the gorse and other small shrubs that are slowly taking over.

The local farmer who cut the hay meadow, returned today to gather the hay into rows.

The plan was to then to bale the hay and take it away. However, as the tractor arrived, the rain began. It then proceeded to rain for the entirety of the remainder of the day. This meant no bales today, or until the hay has had time to dry out again.

The field looks quite neat, with the hay all in rows. 

Meanwhile the volunteers continued to battle on in the rain.

By the end of the day the Plover’s Pool field was still some way from being entirely gorse free, but was looking much better than it had been before we started. The volunteers were looking somewhat bedraggled!

Thanks go to those who helped out today and to Iain for coming to put the hay into rows.

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