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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wed 31st Aug 2016 - Swanmore Meadows, Ryde. GG # 650.

Terry's Photographs.

Gentlemen…..start your barrows…!

Not exactly the "yellow brick road".

A Plume Moth.

Tea break.

"Island Roads" continues their mammoth task.

One of the many pathways we trimmed back.

The IoW Green Gym reached another milestone this week with our 650th session…! We were on a "return mission" to Swanmore Meadows, continuing the stirling work we started there a few weeks ago. As we all began to assemble, having parked in various areas, it was noticeable that the pile of chippings had grown somewhat since we left it last time. Mark informed us that we didn't have to spread the whole lot (phew…thank goodness!) as another group of volunteers was also helping to repair the pathways. We focused our efforts on the path that we worked on last time, the one running north/south between Rosemary Lane and Quarry Road and parallel to the railway line. This path has a passing loop arrangement so is almost twice as long as it needs to be. Although it was rather a cloudy day, the sun did break through occasionally and the humidity was rather high, which made the wheel-barrowing hard work. For the ones who didn't fancy shovelling or barrow pushing then there was still plenty to do with a massive litter pick and trimming the overgrown areas along the numerous pathways that crisscross the site. As much as we enjoy improving the area for the dog walkers it would be so much nicer if they would clear up after their dogs - rather than leaving it for us to do. Another very busy session so well done to all those who attended.

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs this week.

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