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Worky Day Prep

Friday, December 2nd 2016

The day before a Worky Day is a fairly busy day of preparation, but really the prep begins a week or so before. It is usually a walk around looking at priority jobs which may or not be obvious. Yesterday whilst clearing the bank below the Otter Observation Platform we took some of the brushwood to the orchard ready for the chipper to come in tomorrow and begin work.

Today we continued getting prepared for the chipper by starting cutting this year’s coppice block

and moving brash to the pile – with help from Charlie, with us on placement from his course at Askham Bryan.

As we get further in to our coppice block we spotted signs of our wildlife not visible from the path, including this birch which has had part of its bark rubbed off by deer.

It also hasn’t passed us by that it is now December and the festive season will soon be upon us. So yesterday, with the help from some of our Thursday volunteers, we investigated our loft to track down the decorations…

…and put up a tree!

In other news – after a frustratingly slow process the 2017 Foxglove Calendars have now gone to print. I’m assured they should be with us next week! Watch this space – we’ll tell you more when they arrive - and get your orders in (only £6 per calendar)!


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