Colin Gray, Chairman of FPS, writes:
“Rachel Jones and I made a quick tour of the Pond earlier this week to look at the numerous impacts of the recent gales and excess of rain and decide on this Sunday’s task.
Natural England has approved the construction of the new viewing platform on the eastern side of Fleet Pond. Our task will be to clear scrub and saplings from the construction site and any that would interfere with the view over the reeds.
It is very wet at and around the embankment on which the viewing platform will be built so wellington boots are essential if you possess a pair. We have only a limited supply to loan so if you possess wellies, please bring them along.
There is also quite a lot of bramble around so be prepared to trip over strands or tear clothing on the runners!
Rachel has insisted we supply baked potatoes (if we can get a good fire started) which should be an added incentive for you?
Please let Rachel know if you are going to join us (contact details here) so we can ensure there are enough potatoes to go round. If you come by car please park in Kenilworth Road as there is very limited space to park a car at the Workshop.
If all goes to plan we will be installing the viewing platform in the week beginning 24th February and with the approach ramp will probably take about 3 days to build.
If you have spare hours during the working week that you could spare to help us in this task, please let me know.
With fingers crossed for a reasonably dry Sunday, I hope to see you there.”