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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wed 2nd Dec 2009 - Carisbrooke Pond.

Our venue this week was Carisbrooke pond, which is owned and managed by Southern Water. Our last visit here was some 14 months ago, and the work started then has been continued by other volunteers, so the site is looking really good. Our first task was to remove the wire fence which had been placed around the edges of pond to protect the new plants from being eaten by the ducks; quite a tricky job as the level of the pond was very high due to the persistent rain we have had recently. Other tasks were a rubbish pick and a general tidying and raking over on the site. We also planted twelve trees including plum, apple and hazel, as part of the plan is to use the area as a community orchard. At this point the heavens drenched us with some torrential rain, as you can see from the picture, but we managed to finish the task.

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