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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wed 8th Feb 2017 - Bouldner Forest, Yarmouth. GG # 671.

Terry's Photographs.

Too busy to take in the wonderful view.

Steve, rooting around in the gorse!

Keeping the home fires burning.

Yes, the fire was VERY SMOKY…!

Look carefully - can you spot the plume moth?

Wonder if they could see us from North Island?

Far fewer clumps of gorse in this photograph.
Well done Team GG.

With the car fuel tank topped-up it was off to West Wight for our Wednesday morning session (well, it is a long way to go in IoW terms..!) With a chilly N Easterly wind blowing across the Solent it was never going to be too warm working at this exposed site. The brief was very simple…. hack down all the gorse that you can find, drag it back to the bonfire and burn it. The good thing about burning gorse is that, once you get the fire blazing well (white heat) then you can just pile it on. The down side is that it burns VERY smoky and people could be seen to change where they were working to avoid the smoke plume. As with most of these sort of tasks, the area around the fire site gets cleared reasonably quickly and then things slow down when the arisings have to be dragged further and further. Considering just how much gorse there is to cut, acres of it, we made really good progress.

During the tea break at this session the conversation turned to our previous visits to this site and…in particular, one visit  back in 2012. This session has gone down in GG folk law as one of the hardest we ever tackled! Have a look at this link for details - Wed 6th June 2012 - Bouldnor Forest.

Many thanks to Terry for the photographs this week.

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