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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wed 29th Jan 2014 - Afton Marsh, Freshwater.

With the extraordinary amounts of rain we have had recently, almost everyone arrived at the GG session this week with wellington boots - especially as we were working on the marsh. Perhaps a better plan would have been to have come along with flippers and a snorkel..... goodness me it was wet! Not to be deterred by such trivial matters, we were soon paddling off to the work site, transporting everything in wheelbarrows (boats might have been a better option). We were tasked to continue the clearance work that we have tackled many times here in the past, so it was best foot forward (carefully!)   to cut and pile the trees and shrubs. We were hoping to burn some of the previously cut debris but in spite of several people trying their very best to kindle a fire, the damp material proved to be just too much of an issue.  For information, the tree stumps are left as high as shown (see photos above) so they can be treated at a later date. Excellent progress was with clearing the designated area and hopefully we will return at a later date (when everything has dried out a bit) to get a REAL fire going!
We did have a sprinkling of rain during the session but nowhere near as much as had been forecasted, thank goodness.

Talking of rain, Mark suggested that the next scheduled GG session might have to be changed due to high water levels at the site. Please check the web site for details BEFORE going along next Wednesday.

Many thanks to Mark for the photographs.

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