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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Wed 2nd May 2012 - Corf Camp, Shalfleet.



This week the GG was back out at Corf Camp, Shalfeet. Although the previous few days had been very wet, the weather held dry for us on Wednesday morning so we had a reasonable good turnout of GGmers. The major job was to continue with the access road repairs that we had started on a previous visit - this time we had some 10 tonnes of recycled road chippings to wheelbarrow around. The muddy areas were dug out and made level with the chippings which were raked level then "walked in" to try and compact them down. It was far smoother driving away from the session than when we arrived so we must have had some success....! After tea break we started work on some drainage projects around the site - this involved clearing out existing ditches, digging new ones and installing underground pipework to help keep the roadways clear. The water was diverted to a local pond so will, hopefully, stop it drying out through the summer months.

Many thanks to Colin for the above photographs.

Carrie's Nature Lesson.

This week's find was bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) a native British fern commonly found in woodland and heathland, which is tolerant of a wide range of soils and climates. Bracken is typically fern-like, producing triangular fronds, divided into three, that can reach over 1.5m (5ft) in height. In autumn the fronds turn reddish-brown and die back to ground level, with new fronds unfurling from the base in spring.  As you can see from the pic this example is just starting to unfurl.

Many thanks to Carrie for the photographs and nature lesson.

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