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Richmond Coffee Morning

Thursday, November 21st 2019

As a registered charity, Foglove Covert relies heavily on fundraising events in order to make ends meet. Twice a year, a coffee morning is held in Richmond Town Hall to promote the reserve and help to raise some money. Numerous volunteers made today's event a success by either baking cakes, organising the tombola and raffle, creating gifts to sell and donating prizes beforehand and of course helping out on the day itself. 

There was a lot of hard work involved especially behind the scenes in the kitchen, making hot drinks and washing and drying up.

There were several stalls to look after such as the Foxglove shop one with honey, notelets and gifts.

The raffle was very popular with quite a selection of prizes.

A tombola was also a success and by 'elevensies' the hall was full. The support for the reserve was overwhelming with many visitors bringing even more cakes and prizes. 

Back at the reserve, Gorse clearance continued on the moor throughout the entire day.

This habitat has really been opened up; the remaining Hawthorns have been re-discovered and are once more a feature of this wild landscape. You can see from the photo below that some mature Gorse has been left on the fringes.

Thank you to everyone for their support today from baking cakes to painting benches and carrying out habitat management, your contributions are valued. The coffee morning raised over £200 which will make a significant difference to the reserve.


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