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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wed 17th Jan 2018 - Sandown Orchard, Lake. GG # 718.

Terry's Photographs.

Trimming back.

A rather flooded pathway...!

Digging the mud out of the steps.

More cutting back.

Rebuilding the steps and pathways.

The cycle track entrance.

A well earned tea break.

Even more cutting back

The orchard area after we cleared it.

Down towards the pond area.

Back to an old GG favourite this week....the orchard area of the wetland walk in Lake. We have a couple of visits here each year and... being winter time... it was (as per usual for this time of year!) flooded. Never mind, there was still plenty for us to be getting on with without getting out the thigh waders or We wanted to make good headway at cutting back all the undergrowth and bramble before the start of the nesting season for the birds. Another area needing attention was some of the well used entrance paths and the steps that we installed some years ago. The photographs above illustrate just how much was achieved in those few, short hours. If you happen to visit this site, you can't miss the new boundary hedge between the road and the orchard. The rangers have made a super job of hedge laying the (VERY overgrown) original hedge line - it really does look great. Considering the rain we have had recently and yet another storm forecasted for tonight, the weather for us was pleasantly warm with frequent sunny periods... nice! 

Many thanks to Terry for taking the photographs this week.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wed 10th Jan 2018 - Nansen Hill, Ventnor. GG # 717.

Mark's Photographs. (Historical - 2007!)

Can you spot yourself? (I can!)

Mark's Photographs - taken today.

The long, uphill trek..!

Great views at the top.

Very arty!

Team GG hard at work.

More views.

Alison's Photographs.

Some of Team GG reach base camp one..!
(and what a view)

Right in the thick(et) of it

Lots to cut down.

It was much steeper than it appears in these photographs..!

Just part of the area we cleared during the session.

This week we were off to the south of our island, Nansen Hill in Ventnor. We visited here, many years ago, but time has not made the hillside any less steep to work on...! Most of the team assembled at the "Smugglers" carpark then tackled the hill from the bottom but three of our merry band decided to go to the top carpark (beyond the radar station) and work their way down. The conclusion to this two pronged attack.... six of one and half a dozen of the other. Once on site we were soon attacking the dense hawthorn and blackthorn thicket that had grown up along the boundary fence. Knowing how deadly both of these can be when it comes into contact with exposed skin, particular care was taken to cover everything, including eye protection. With half the team cutting down, the others were dragging it back to the bonfire area whilst trying to upright on the rather slippery, steep, slope. Considering the rather arduous task, good progress was made at the task in hand. During the tea break we were able to take in the stunning views towards Shanklin, Sandown and beyond to the mainland. The weather was outstanding for January - dry, blue skies and above average temperature.

Ever wondered why it is called Nansen Hill? Click the following link and all will be revealed.

During tea break the Dakota airliner, that crashed into this hill, was mentioned. Please click the link below for further details.

Many thanks to Alison and Mark for supplying the photographs this week.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wed 3rd Jan 2018 - Mill Copse, Yarmouth. GG # 716.

Alison's Photographs.

Our first session of 2018 was somewhat eventful due to......

With winds recorded in excess of 90 mph at the Needles, it certainly wasn't much less in Mill Copse...! Caution was needed on the drive out there due to tree branches in the road plus lots of standing water in the usual places (why don't Island Roads ever fix the drainage issues???) Having shelled out a fortune (£3.40 to be exact - GRRRR...!) to park in Yarmouth it was an "interesting" stroll along the harbour wall to the mill - there were rubbish bins and seaweed strewn everywhere. Once we had all assembled in the copse the wind wasn't so much of a problem and we were soon working away - doing what GGmers do best, cutting back undergrowth. We were tasked to clear a circular area around an established Sycamore tree so, that at a later date, it can be safely felled. Why fell a tree? Sycamore throws out thousands of seeds (those little "helicopter" winged seeds) that root everywhere and stop the native trees growing.  Click this link for further details...
There were plenty of clumps of willow to clear plus a couple of larger shrubs that needed our attention - all were dealt with by the end of the session. Any straight lengths of material were put aside for future projects, the remainder was carefully stacked up as habitat piles.
Considering the adverse weather conditions, we had an excellent attendance for the first session of the new year, so well done to all those who braved the elements...!

Many thanks to Alison for taking the photographs this week.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year.....!!!!

Wishing all you GGmers the very best for 2018.

Mark has published a new schedule so hope to see everyone at Mill Copse
on Wednesday, 3rd Jan 2018.

(A great opportunity to work off those extra pounds we have all gained
over the festive period!)