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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wed 19th Sept 2018 - Dodnor Creek LNR, Newport. GG # 753.

Mark's Photographs.

This week we were back at the Dickson's Copse / Dodnor Creek LNR site to continue the work we had started last week. This time we concentrated on the footpath that leads from the cycle path, alongside the creek and down to the old mill wall by the River Medina. Much earlier this year we started trying to infill the somewhat damaged chestnut fencing using locally sourced material - this session we were continuing that job. Initially it appeared that the numbers attending this session were down but by the time work got underway a few more GGmers had arrived to swell the work force. A very windy, rather grey day with the occasional rain shower but on the plus side, it was pleasantly warm..! This will be the last time we will be working at this site  as part of the special funding that had been allocated but hopefully GG will be back here again soon to continue the good work done to date. Lots of notices from Mark about upcoming events - so keep an eye on your e-mail in tray over the next few days..!

A big thanks to Mark for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wed 12th Sept 2018 - Dickson's Copse, Dodnor, Newport. GG # 752.

Terry's Photographs.

Above and below - the new information board and seating
adjacent to the old cement mills.

Quite a pile of limestone chippings...

Rebuilding the pathway surfaces.

Replacing the post that some nice person had kindly removed..!

Tea break and a chat from "the Boss".

Cheque presented by the CPRE.

More information boards.

The post after it was "replanted".

Above....some of the many areas that were resurfaced.

Gathering the well used wheel barrows.

This week we returned to Dickson's Copse - AKA the Dodnor Creek LNR. The main task was to continue with the pathway and step resurfacing that we started during our last session here. Nice to get it completed before the rains set in and everything gets very muddy (but hopefully not quite so muddy this year..!) Several other tasks were undertaken including the re-erection of a post that some kind person had ripped from the ground and the preparation of some hazel and willow that we had coppiced during a previous session.  This will be used to do some dead hedging when we return to this venue next week. During the tea break we were presented with a cheque from the Campaign to Protection Rural England (CPRE) for the litter picking that we do at every GG session. We did have some very light rain during the session but was still quite warm. One sign that the year is moving on... Mark is already asking about where we might go for the GG Xmas dinner this year...!

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week and to the CPRE for the generous cheque.

Want more information about CPRE..? Then please click this link Campaign to Protect Rural England: Home

Please don't forget to look at this web page if you are interested in joining in with the upcoming beach litter pick.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wed 5th Sept 2018 - Morton Marsh, Sandown. GG # 751.

Mark's Photographs.

Removing the wire....

....and then the posts.

The GGmers in the distance were almost
at the half way point..!

Time for a break.

This shows just how deep the posts were in the ground..!

Today it was back to the marshland at Morton. We all commented on just how much it has changed since our last visit there.... all the areas that had previously been cut back are thriving once again and there is new fencing which will soon be used for retaining grazing cattle. In fact it was the old fencing that was our task for today...the removal of..! The original fence line was somewhat in the way of future plans so we were instructed to remove the barbed wire, then the rabbit proof wire mesh and finally the fence posts. The wire was rolled for later disposal and the barbed wire neatly coiled for safety. The fence posts, many of which were still sound, will be deployed elsewhere. Walking backwards and forwards over the very uneven ground became quite challenging especially as the fence was a considerable length. Good progress was made in the pleasantly warm weather and everyone seemed to get a really good work-out with all the walking we did..!

Have a look back at the photographs of when we were last there, earlier this year -
Wed 7th March 2018 - Morton Marsh, Sandown. GG # 725.
Quite a difference...

And for those who missed it the first time around, an historical photograph and some information about the site -
Sat 24th March 2018 - Morton Common Extra.

If anyone was intrigued by what all the pipework and equipment was about...this link will show you  details of a similar pumping system.

Many thanks to Mark for the photographs this week.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wed 29th Aug 2018 - Bouldnor Forest, Yarmouth. GG # 750.

Mark's Photographs.

The all important tea break...!

This week Team GG found themselves way out off the beaten track at Bouldnor Forest. In fact, we were working in the far NE corner....about as far from the car park as it is possible to get..! We were removing naturally regenerating trees, mainly Birch, which when growing within the heathland are not wanted in any number. If left the habitat would revert to woodland. We always enjoy visiting this site due to the wonderful views across the Solent and out towards Yarmouth. Although we had leaden skies, it was pleasantly warm with a light breeze - very nice for working in.

A milestone for the blog this week...the 750th IoW GG session...!

Many thanks to Mark for the photographs this week.