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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wed 7th Oct 2015 - Flowers Brook, Ventnor. GG # 605.

It was August 2014 when Team GG last visited this wonderful venue. Although windy this time, it was nowhere near as bad as our first visit here, back in February 2014 when it was blowing so hard it was difficult to stand! On arrival we were met by a number of the volunteers who regularly keep the site so well maintained and they pointed out areas that they would appreciate help with. This was basically clearing the steep bank that forms the northern boundary of the site and has the waterfall, stream and pond adjacent. With half of the team cutting back, the others were very busy transporting the material over the water to the three collection points we established on the grass, hopefully to be collected by the council at a later date. Working on a rather uneven surface, sloping some 45 degrees, can be "interesting" but we all survived without any tumbles or twisted ankles…! A question - can we include Russian Vine on our list of "pesky plants"? As can be seen in Sue's photographs, very prolific at this particular site! It is expected that the areas we cleared will allow the numerous previously planted spring bulbs to flourish - should be worth a visit February/ March time to see how successful we have been. As mentioned above, it was windy and rather overcast but it did remain dry for the whole of the session ( which is always a bonus ). With a really good attendance, we managed to make good inroads into completing all the given tasks. Please can we come back to continue….?

Many thanks to Sue for the wonderful photographs this week.

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