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Over the Fedge!

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

Volunteers cut back an overgrown net ride and made good use of the brash by weaving it into the dead hedge in the front garden.


Not quite a fence and not quite a hedge 'fedge' is a good way to describe it! It is made from Willow, Hazel and Birch brash. The pollarded Willow behind it is doing really well and looks very healthy.

The Fedge

Not only does the 'fedge' look great, it has recycled brash and will prevent people from taking a short cut over the lawn!


The new structure will be left for the leaves to drop off and then binders will be added to the top before the Hazel stakes are trimmed to the correct height.

The weavers!

Other tasks carried out today included strimming, pruning and rooting! Lunchtime was the annual 'Volunteer Summer Picnic' and what a feast was had! Thanks to everyone who contributed. This is to celebrate National Volunteer Week (which was last week) and to say thank you to all of the people who give up their time to keep the reserve ticking over!

Whilst working close to the lake John took this beautiful photograph of a female Roe Deer grazing in the sunshine.

Roe Deer

(1) Comments:

Sarah Spaetzle responded on 13th Jun 2012 with...

Hey there, I just want to let you know how much I enjoy reading the Foxglove Covert blog. I found it quite by happy accident. Lots of interesting information and some great photography, especially of the wildlife. And it’s great to see all the hard work your volunteers do! Keep the blog posts coming - I’ll definitely be reading them.

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