Volunteer Day – Sunday 7th August 2016

Today’s latest session made the most of warm sunshine, something that has definitely been in short supply recently!

Today was in The Glade area, concentrating on weeding, pond maintenance and tidying up our dead wood pile.

Our apple and pear tree trees are producing a healthy amount of fruits, although as can be seen they’re quite small. Weeds have made the most of the warm weather with Rosebay Willowherb taking over around 20 sq yards of soil just to the side of the grassed area in the glade.

Smaller both in size and numbers than pears in general.

Smaller both in size and numbers than pears in general.

One of the many pears now growing

One of the many pears now growing

More pear fruits rapidly growing.

More pear fruits rapidly growing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using our scythe, the photos show committee member Donald Albrecht cutting the grass and weeds. This tool allows for a precise and easy cutting of the grass with great speed in such a small, confined space. It’s proved to be an excellent investment of our funds.

Donald Albrecht cutting the Glade’s grass.

Donald Albrecht cutting the Glade’s grass.

Donald Albrecht cutting the Glade’s grass.

Donald Albrecht cutting the Glade’s grass.

Donald Albrecht cutting the Glade’s grass.

Donald Albrecht cutting the Glade’s grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With our new pond starting to become more established, it was time to clear some of the pond-weed of the water’s surface, the photo showing another committee member, Richard Sylvester taking on this project. Pond wildlife continues to amaze all involved; several small frogs were seen, the gloves in the photos give an indication of their sizes!

Removing excess pond weed.

Removing excess pond weed.

One of several small frogs seen adjacent to the pond.

One of several small frogs seen adjacent to the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, the work in the woodland allows everyone who takes part to look back at our achievements and also to appreciate the habitats we are creating. The last of this session’s photos show volunteers showing their work. In the upper areas of the woodland, the removal of non-native trees has allowed for the creation of a log pile which will create a new habitat for insects.

Three volunteers taking a break from their activities.

Three volunteers taking a break from their activities.

Newly created habitat of logs.

Newly created habitat of logs.

This plant, knows as Lords-and Ladies is a good indicator of shady woodland

This plant, knows as Lords-and Ladies is a good indicator of shady woodland

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