Sunday 9 February – Mending Fences And Hot Potatoes

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Enjoying a tasty hot potato at the end of the task

Rachel Jones, the Countryside Ranger, writes:

“Despite a VERY poor stormy forecast we still had a great turnout for the FPS Sunday! A few new people worked really hard and got stuck in as part of the team. We had 3 tasks going on so there was some choice.

The main task was clearing bramble and branches off the old fence line along the North Eastern track (see below). A fair lot of pine saplings were pulled up on the railway heath and more Eastern View point work was done by laying more sleepers.

A great fire burnt up from previously cut scrub, and the pine trees that the Fujitsu volunteer team had cleared were tractor and tailored over by Geoff and Carol with helpers, to pop on the fire.

Michael and David Buckler managed the fire and we all got hot spuds at the end (see above). Many thanks to Mavis Gray as well as to Terry’s portable oven!

A huge thanks to all involved and please remember to book in with me if you want to come on the next meeting (few days before at least, thanks).”

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Busy mending fences

Ed. The area that we worked on in January was completely waterlogged due to the downpours. It’s interesting to compare the before and after pictures (see below)!

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February (waterlogged)

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January (the same area)

The schedule for the coming Sunday volunteer events is:

  • 9th March
  • 13th April
  • 11th May
  • 8th June.

As there is a summer break, the start date for the next season is 14th September 2014.

Why not come along for some fresh air and exercise, as well as having the nice feeling that you’re doing something really useful for the community

For further information and booking (which is essential as tools and resources have to be planned beforehand), please contact Hart Countryside Services:

Phone: 01252 623443

Email: countryside@hart.gov.uk

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