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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wed 26th Sept 2012 - Mill Copse, Yarmouth.

An old GG favourite was our venue for this week, helping Nick the Ranger with several tasks at Mill Copse, Yarmouth.  The sight of wheelbarrows in the back of the truck was a slight giveaway, and there were two substantial piles of limestone chippings in two different areas of the copse.  There are regular visits by schools here, and these particular areas have certainly suffered the constant tread of feet being very muddy and slippery - once the piles were spread and raked however, they certainly looked much better.  The next task was to coppice an area of hazel - this process has been undertaken here over a period of time to allow more light into the wood, and will allow flowers such as the butterfly orchid to thrive.  Our final task was to follow the sound of the chainsaw and stack the logs and brush into neat piles.  And for something completely different, we also had a group of young people from Sandown Academy who were making a film and taking pictures for a school project.  They hope to get the finished product out there to promote this kind of conservation work - and what a smashing group they were too!

Many thanks to Carrie for the editorial and photographs this week.

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