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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wed 10th Aug 2011 - Wetland Walk, Lake.

One of our regular visits this week to the site near the waterworks owned by Natural Enterprise, which is the site of a community orchard and wetland walk. Work had already been done in the form of a large amount of strimming, but one of our tasks was to rake all the cut material into a big pile, which hopefully will help the wild flowers on the undertake some treatment work to the various wood items on the site, and we managed to coat both the picnic benches, the wooden fruit sculptures and also a small bench and some railings - then we ran out of teak oil!

We were also joined by a couple of members of the Isle of Wight Orchard Group, which has recently been set up on the Island. The work of Orchard Groups can include recording existing orchards and providing protection from threats through management, conservation, education and celebration, and orchards are also wonderful for wildlife, protect the soil, water and climate.

Many thanks to Eddie for the photographs and to Carrie for the editorial.

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