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Richmond Town Hall and back at the reserve

Friday, May 15th 2009

Today we held our coffee morning in Richmond Town Hall. Elizabeth held the fort at the field centre whilst lots of volunteers came to help out serving teas and coffees. We had plenty of home-made cakes and scones to sell as well. After a slow start people started coming in and in the end a good morning was had by all. Sandie's chocolate brownie was a definate highlight!

Meanwhile…..... Back at the reserve Tim and the Askham Bryan students took out a couple of redundant bridges from the wet meadows area and re-instated one of them on the middle field where the cattle had plodged up one of the passing places through the newly re-planted hedgeline. Now you won't get muddy boots when you walk across the moor trail! Everyone worked very hard.

Tim and students removing the bridges

Also John came to work on the new feeding platforms again. He needed to mix his cement but was a long way from the water supply. You could mark his trail as he took dustbins (leaking!) filled with water from the field centre in the trailer down to the stone pile to mix up the cement.

Thank you to everyone involved in making today a success.

Tormentil is starting to sprinkle it's yellow flowers across the reserve. This dainty little flower is one of the potentilla or cinquefoil family and flowers right through from now until September. It's bright little flowers are a welcome sight speckling the moorland and all the verges throughout Foxglove.


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