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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wed 4th March 2009 - Sunnycrest Nursery, Newchurch.

Sunnycrest Nurseries was the venue for this week’s Green Gym, a site we have not visited for a while. Apart from the odd snow flurry the weather stayed fine and dry with a sizeable crowd of Green Gymmers soon getting stuck into the main tasks. The first was to plant ninety trees in two separate areas including oak, ash, beech, rowan, hazel and holly; the second was building two raised garden beds which required moving some very large, heavy sleepers, lining the bottom of each and filling them up with soil. This was undertaken by a keen group of spade wielders to fill up the wheelbarrows and another group to wheel them the vast distance to the raised beds (and a jolly long way it was as well!). One of the sleepers appeared to have a small metal disc numbered “74” which apparently (according to Mark) was a method used on the railway back in the day to identify any sleepers which required repair or maintenance and the number was its distance from the mile marker (see picture).
Thanks to Carrie for the text and pictures.

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