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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wed 16th Jan 2019 - Morton Marsh, Sandown. GG # 768.

Terry's Photographs. (he apologises for the rain drops on the lens..!)


Crossing the very impressive new bridge.


Well prepared for the weather.


A quick chat about what the task is....


and straight into the raking.




Tea break.


Now you can see why it is called Morton MARSH..!



Nice rows of cut reeds awaiting collection.




Before we had even arrived at the marsh, we could see evidence of new work since our last visit here - a new bridge over the stream and lots of new fencing. Due to a rusted padlock on a gate, we had a bit of a detour to the work site where we were presented with a huge area of cut reeds that needed to be raked into orderly rows. At a later date (when it has dried out) this will all be collected up and disposed of. When we were told that we were clearing reeds to encourage reeds to grow, we were a little puzzled....but all was to be explained. Apparently this marsh area...is not a good marsh...especially in the summer months when it dries out too much. The areas we cleared will have "ponds" dug in them which will hold water throughout the year, which in turn will grow better reed beds and encourage more birds, animals and plant life.
Considering that it was a rather damp session, we had an excellent turn-out (perhaps everyone was Brexited out - and needed a break?)
Well done to everyone who braved the rain to attend and a big thank you to Terry for taking the rather soggy photographs.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wed 9th Jan 2019 - Birchmore Pond, Blackwater. GG # 767.

Terry's Photographs.

The usual pre-session briefing..


and then straight into it..!


Team East finally breaks through to Team West.


Getting those stumps down as low as possible.


The post tea break chat.


A good job that some wore their wellies..


Part of the new pathway.


"This will be the last branch that I cut...honestly.."


"Oh well...maybe just one more..."


The new pathway gives wonderful new views across the pond.


These last few shots show what we managed to achieve...
truly astounding.





Birchmore Pond is one of those venues that we have been visiting for many a year but seldom more than one visit every one or two years. Although, over time, great progress had been made at cutting our way around the edge of the pond, we never really managed to get on top of things. Today, all that changed...! At the pre-session briefing, Mark suggested that we cut a new access route through from the car parking area to the pond - which just happened to run through the huge bramble patch that we had NEVER previously tackled (nice one Mark!). We split into Team East and Team West and, not unlike with the boring of the Channel Tunnel, attacked the problem from opposing sides. Initially this is a bit "hit or miss" (literally!) but as the teams get closer, you can adjust direction by voice and finally by sight before the final break through is achieved - that "Doctor Livingstone" moment! Once we had access, the pond side area was cleared of bramble and over hanging branches thereby opening up a whole new aspect to this lovely pond. Other GGmers were involved with cutting back willow along the northern edge and giving the whole area a general tidy up. I can remember writing the blog for this venue before and finishing with...."please can we go back soon to continue the work - SOON"  so, Mark, I will do a "Hint Hint" again...😀
As can be seen from the group shots above, we had an excellent turnout and the weather was glorious for early January (even thought the black ice alarm on the car went off as I left home to go there!)

Many thanks to Terry for taking the excellent photographs.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wed 2nd Jan 2019 - Bouldner Forest, Yarmouth. GG # 766.

Terry's Photographs.



"The Boss" giving Team GG the rundown for
the task in hand.


Hey. ..Ho...it's off to work we go...!


Getting stuck in.





Well, it is January so we have to have a fire..


and what a fire it was..!


Note that you can now see "North Island" through the trees.


A seasonal visitor enjoying some crumbs.


Looking a bit thinner now.


Our co-workers for the day.


Now..that's what you call coppicing...!


First off, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for the New Year - let's hope the weather is kind to us on every Wednesday in 2019 👏.
So, with all the excess of the holiday behind us, it was off to Bouldnor for the first GG session of 2019. After a quick briefing from Mark and a stroll to the work site - this time it was between the costal path and the shoreline - work got underway. We were told to coppice the undergrowth and trees to the north of the path, leaving a barrier zone along the edge. The photographs above show what excellent progress was made during the session and in several places, enough was cleared to give wonderful views across the Solent with the Mainland in the distance. A roaring bonfire soon disposed of the cut material. This was a very well attended session and although the weather was a little cooler than that over Christmas / New Year period, it was still very pleasant to be working out doors. 

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs this week.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wed 12th Dec 2018 - Shide Chalk Pit, Newport. GG # 765.

Alison's Photographs.






Bob's Photograph (tea break).

Alison's Photographs of the Christmas party...





Judging by the food on the tables and the smiles all round...
everyone seems to have had a jolly good time..!

As has become something of a tradition with Green Gym, the last session of the year was held at Shide Chalk Pit. This year things were a little different as...instead of having a party in the pit, we had a normal session, followed by an early finish and Christmas meal at the IoW College. Needles to say, we did manage to squeeze in a regular tea break - shown in the photo above..! Our task was to cut back the undergrowth and coppice the shrubs along the northern lower edge and dispose of the arisings on a roaring bonfire. The weather is still very mild for this time of year and it was dry underfoot thanks to the nature of the chalk. This is a beautifully tranquil area right on the edge of Newport and it is always a pleasure to work there.

A photograph of interest (thanks Alison!)


Remember, back in the summer, when we were working down at Pig Leg Lane in Ryde...the "table" we used for tea break..? I think we would need wellington boots or even thigh waders to be doing the same now...😀

So, another busy year of GG sessions draws to a close. All that remains for me to do is to wish everyone a .....

I hope you all have a wonderful time over the holidays. The first session of 2019 is at Bouldner Forest on the 2nd January so why not come along and try to burn off all those extra pounds you gained over Christmas and New Year...🎄