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Coffee at 11am, with some visitors in attendance. Thanks as always to Brian and Eileen Stonebridge for supplying the refreshments.
Photos by Jane Rooth, with additional photos by Carole Morris where indicated.
The tasks included mulching the main path in the middle field, all part of the process of providing visitors with an obvious and attractive alternative to walking through the middle of the flower meadow.
De-sludging the lake...
Clearing bramble and scrub from hedges and fences continues...
March 10th and it's another day of action down on the Reserve, aided by sunshine, blossom and other intimations of Spring.
Photo: Carole Morris
De-sludging is a sisyphean task, one not for the faint-hearted. The sludge, a mephitic composite of leaves, car-washings and nameless substances in dark solution, has to be prised from the lake bed by various means, then conveyed uphill by barrow for disposal. This heavy work tends to be undertaken by the same people on each occasion.
Mulch had to be shovelled into barrows, taken to the path and then distributed.
Photo: Carole Morris
Click to enlarge this photo by Carole Morris.
Ian has invented an instrument which elegantly combines the dual function of extracting and draining the target material.
The components of this as yet unpatented device are a garden hoe, a shelf bracket and a deepfreeze shelf, with wire and cord to hold it all together.
It's the end of another busy and productive working-party. A new round of working-parties will start in the autumn and carry on through the winter months, when the disturbance to wildlife is at a minimum. No doubt, however, Ian and Ken will be back at other times to continue with tasks that the council workers may not have time for.
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