Reedmace pulling on the Wetland

Wednesday, October 24th 2018

Today we've been pulling Reedmace (Typha latifolia) from one of the Wetland Ponds, with help from the Risedale Rangers. 

You're unlikely to meet two people that enjoy pulling Reedmace as much as Peter and Imogen.

As a treat for all of the hard work put in by the Risedale Rangers over the last few weeks we got a fire going and toasted marshmallows before presenting them all with certificates.

Meanwhile Peter and Imogen returned to the pond, where we managed to double the amount pulled in the afternoon.

A considerable amount was achieved today; where before there was only vegetation there is once again open water which can be seen from the Wetland Hide.

Volunteers at Foxglove have many skills.  While some were working on the wetland, others were in the Field Centre continuing with preparations for the Coffee Morning.  We wanted displays showing Foxglove and ways in which people can support the reserve, through the Friends group, 100 Club and the Adopt-a-Box Scheme. (More details of these can be found  on the Support Us page.)  Photographs were needed, which involved sorting through the many that we have.

Sorting through photographs

Then came the more difficult task of trying to fit them all onto the display boards. The task was finally completed.

Arranging the displays

Thank you to all the volunteers who worked to support Foxglove today.

In other news this year's winner of the Calendar Photographic Competition is 'On Guard' by David Boakes.

On Guard

The Management Group would like to thank everyone who entered the competition which as always was incredibly difficult to judge.  The  2019 calendars with 13 of the best photographs displayed are now on sale in the Field Centre.

(1) Comments:

Tony Crease responded on 24th Oct 2018 with...

I think the reedmace pullers deserve a special mention; it is not the easiest or most enjoyable task on the reserve and certainly not one that produces results very quickly.  My thanks to Peter for coming in especially and to Imogen and Ian for creating again some open water which is such a pleasure to see.

While I am on here I would also like to thank the volunteers who have made such a professional job of the current coppice block - and also the Wednesday ladies who did a cracking job today on the display boards which look immaculate.  We are very lucky to have you and the Man Gp are extremely grateful for all that you do.

I hope some of you will take the time to visit and see the amazing results in the outdoor classroom now that the table and additional panels have been done - and perhaps you’ll notice on your travels that the info boards outside the Field Centre and in the bus shelter have been updated and changed also.  Look out now for the removal of 70 large conifers along Risedale Beck which are next on the agenda.

Finally, my thanks also to the Risedale Rangers who we hope are benefiting from their time with us - we are grateful for your contribution too!

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